Acknowledgement of the Sámi people

OCA acknowledges the Sámi as one people, and as the Indigenous people of the Fennoscandian region. On the land of this region, Sápmi, the Sámi people have lived since time immemorial, respectfully harvesting from nature by fishing, farming, hunting and following reindeer, amongst other activities.



Are you curious about East-Asian art, culture, and society? Would you like to extend your artistic practice through an up to two-month artist residency in Japan?

OCA is excited to be continuing our newest artists residency in partnership with Kyoto Art Center and ANEWAL Gallery — where traditional Japanese artistic traditions meet contemporary artistic practices.

The 2-month artist residency starting from 1st October 2023 offers:

• living space and work studio
• English-speaking assistant to help facilitate interactions with the local art scene
• interpreter for some public events
• international travel grant for return travel from Oslo to Kyoto (NOK 20,000)
• local travel grant for travel in and around Kyoto (NOK 1,450 per month)
• living grant (NOK 20,000 per month)

For the OCA supported residency, Kyoto Art Center collaborates with NPO ANEWAL Gallery who has their own residency program inviting international artists. ANEWAL Gallery has an extensive public programme engaging with local audiences through public discussion with artists and curators.

OCA nominates a shortlist of candidates for the residency, with final selection being made by Kyoto Art Center and ANEWAL Gallery.

Kyoto Art Center offers work studios for artists, a residency programme, exhibition spaces and a public program promoting young and establishing Japanese and international artists. The Center has a strong focus on traditional Japanese art and performance art; and the city of Kyoto is a hub for artisans working with textile and ceramics. During your residency stay, Kyoto Art Center will facilitate meetings relevant to your area of research, as well as introducing further areas of potential interest and providing research support. The residency will be organised in cooperation with ANEWAL Gallery, whose aim is to connect artists to the local city culture and provide insights into issues related to urban planning, amongst other.

Application process

Applications are only accepted via Read the guidelines thoroughly before filling in the form. For questions, please contact OCA's Grants Officer Eirik Zeiner-Henriksen.

After the residency period, you are required to submit a brief report to Kyoto Art Center, no later than two months after your stay. You are also required to submit a report on

Next application deadline: 1st May 2023