Opportunity: Ise City Residency, Japan

We've a brand new and exciting opportunity – our latest open call will see five UK-based artists, working in music or any art form, to travel to Japan for an artistic research residency as part of the UK in Japan 2019-20 season of culture. The residency will take place over a period of two weeks in October 2019 – 14 days including travel from 5-18 October 2019 – in Ise City, the home of Ise Shrine, one of the most important and prestigious Shinto Shrines in Japan.

As part of the opportunity, during the two-week research residency the five UK artists will take part in a programme which includes: visits to hidden parts of Ise Shrine which are not generally opened to the public; travel to other cultural heritage sites and meetings with Japanese Shinto priests, craft makers, local residents as well as Japanese contemporary artists.

The residency has been developed by the British Council in collaboration with the Department of Industry and Tourism Ise City and will coincide with an exciting year of UK-Japan exchange titled ‘UK in Japan 2019-20’ jointly organised by the British Council and British Embassy Tokyo. While Japan will attract the global attention with these key moments, the residency will provide the UK artists a unique experience to encounter the beauty of Japanese culture and its tradition, explore its relevance to the 21st century and build new cultural relationships with Japan.


How to apply

Submissions are accepted via email only and must be sent in a single zip archive folder no larger than 5MB in total. Please format all written material as a PDF document.

Completed applications should be sent to dom.hastings@britishcouncil.org and by 4pm (GMT) on 7 May 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 31 May 2019. The following materials should be included in your application:


Please outline your interest in this research residency and what you can bring to the opportunity as an artist. Discuss how this visit relates to your current practice and the broader context of your work, research, interests and existing working relationships (e.g. institutions and organisations). Please outline how you might present your learning back to audiences and partners in the UK (maximum 800 words).

Curriculum Vitae

Describe your background to a maximum length of two pages. Please include all relevant contact information and a personal website, if applicable.

Supporting Material

You may submit up to five pieces of additional support material, such as digital images, videos, or audio clips or links to video and audio work hosted online. The panel will review up to a maximum of five minutes' work.

For further details about the residency and this opportunity, please open our Ise City Residency Open Call document (PDF) here.


We aim to create a diverse group of artists on this residency and welcome applications from all. If you wish to discuss any access requirements or apply in an alternative format please email dom.hastings@britishcouncil.org or call 0131 524 5759.