Applications Closed
2023.12.15 - 2024.01.31

Call for Application: National Center for Art Research Artist Support Program

Call for Application: National Center for Art Research Artist Support Program
Exhibition view of the international art exhibitions selected as the pre-projects for the “Artist Support Program.”
Top right: Kawaguchi Tatsuo "COSMOS Series" 1974-75 / From bottom left: Makino Takashi "anti-cosmos" 2022, Kido Ryusuke "Inner Light" 2023 (production view), and Sasaoka Yuriko "Gyro Series" 2023.

NCAR is pleased to announce the launch of “Artist Support Program” with the goal of enhancing the international reputations of contemporary Japanese art scenes.
International art exhibitions, such as Biennales and Triennales held around the world, function as significant art opportunities for artists to present their artworks and raise the international reputation of Japanese contemporary art.
This program provides support funds for the organizers of the international art exhibitions held outside of Japan, with the requirement that Japanese artists must participate in the international art exhibitions.

For the 1st Artist Support Program in fiscal year 2024, the application period is from Friday, December 15, 2023, to Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
*Please note that eligible applicants are not artists, but international exhibition organizers abroad.

Download the application form on this page and apply here.

Application Guidelines(Overview)

Fiscal Year 2024 First “Artist Support Program”

Duration for Application
December 15 (Fri.), 2023 - January 31 (Wed.), 2024

Program Details
This program offers full or partial support funds for organizers of international art exhibitions held outside Japan, with the condition that Japanese artists must participate in their exhibitions. The maximum amount of support per artist is 3.5 million Japanese yen. If multiple Japanese artists participate in the same international art exhibition, the maximum amount of support is capped at 7 million Japanese yen per exhibition.

Requirements (Exhibition and Exhibition Period)
Eligible international art exhibitions should be widely recognized worldwide and must include the participation of Japanese artists. The exhibition period must begin after June 2024 and end by May 31, 2025. The term “Japanese artists” includes naturalized and deceased Japanese artists, irrespective of their nationalities or work locations.

Organizers of international art exhibitions that are to be held outside Japan, in which Japanese artists participate, and that are to have an independent secretariat system and accounting organization. The organizations must agree to adhere to the program guidelines (

Notification of Decision
Decisions will be notified by March 31 (Sun.), 2024.