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3331 Open Residence

3331 Open Residence is a unique program bringing together artists from all over the world to engage with 3331's colourful and eclectic community and vast range of events.

There are currently availabilities on the program from throughout July to August 31 2011, and we are currently inviting applications from artists and curators of all genres who are interested in conducting a one-month residency in order to undertake research and production in Tokyo.

3331 is able to provide accommodation, support, and studio facilities to artists, as well as an opportunity to give a presentation of their work to a select audience/general public. If you would like to take up this opportunity please contact Emma Ota at by 25th July 2011 at the lastest.

For those interested in joining the program in 2012 our next deadline for applications will be 23rd September 2011.

Open Residence
3331 Arts Chiyoda is dedicated to creating a space where people of all backgrounds and interests are able to come together in a creative environment, and as part of this mission we are proud to be able to offer a unique residency program open to artists, curators and creative practitioners internationally. This includes not only the visual arts but also practitioners in design, architecture, dance and music etc. With a full range of facilities including accommodation, studio and gallery, creative practitioners have the exceptional opportunity to extend their artistic engagement in the heart of Tokyo. Not only will artists be able to pursue their own individual research and practice, but they will be connected to the extensive network of Tokyo's art scene through the hub that is 3331. With the energy of the electronics and anime haven of Akihabara right at one's doorstep and the traditional cultures of downtown but a stone's throw away artists will be able to experience all aspects of this kaleidoscopic city from this convenient base. Artists are not only able to spend time in Tokyo, but are able to create work onsite and then finally exhibit what they have developed during their stay, in the distinct setting of 3331 Arts Chiyoda. We are pleased to be able to offer these facilities to artists who can contribute to the diverse creative expressions of this cosmopolitan metropolis and engage its inhabitants in new ways.

Accommodation+Studio+Gallery+Support=230,000 yen per month per artist
(this cost must be paid by the applicant)


We have a self contained apartment flat available to artists in residence just 1 minute from 3331 itself. This has two bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge space and bathroom. It is suitable for up to three artists to share for any significant residency period. The kitchen and bathroom are shared facilities, and encourage a healthy dialogue between artists, so they are not in isolation from each other.

Floor Plan
Capacity To be shared by 2 artists (in case of a group applying it is best suited for a maximum of 3 artists)
Floor Area 50m2
Facilities Communal Facilities (shared between the artists) - Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet
Bedrooms - 2 bedrooms with bed, desk and closet
1 open space - with 1 bed and desk (please note this space is open to the kitchen)
* provision can also be made for 2 more persons using futon and sharing space with other occupants
Further amenities Television, DVD player, internet, fridge, rice cooker, gas range

Gallery Studio
A studio space for resident artists' production in a stimulating environment with plenty of opportunity for creative and cultural exchange located in 3331's basement amongst other artist studios, galleries and workshop spaces. Here artists can engage with visitors to 3331 through open studio events and are given the opportunity to present outputs of their research and production in the attached gallery space.

Floor Plan
Floor Area 15m2
Lighting Fluorescent Lighting
Electrical Capacity 20A
Facilities Sink, internet, air conditioner, 1 desk 1 chair per artist

3331 also provides enthusiastic support towards the resident artists. Many of the staff at 3331 are artists/creative practitioners themselves and can therefore relate well to the visiting artist and provide various support.
The coordinator is able to support the artist in all aspects of the residency helping them to settle into their new environment, introduce them to the local area and wider Tokyo, provide information required for daily life, as well of course the arts world. The coordinator is able to introduce the artist to other artists, curators and creative practitioners based in Tokyo, and enable them to effectively build a network which may lead to new forms of future cooperation. The coordinator is of course able to help with all requirements for the artist's research, production and exhibition.
*There is a limited range of support offered included within the residence package, if further support is required this will be subject to an additional cost
●Welcome Party - Providing a warm welcome to visiting artists with a welcome party, inviting many of the artists and organizers who often frequent 3331.
●PR Support - Providing support in publicizing artist events and research through our website, mail magazine, as well as helping to order flyers etc.
●Event Translation - Providing free translation for 1 event organized by the residence artist (Additional event translation will be at a charge)
●Workshop Support - Helping to coordinates workshops with local communities and schools. (Workshop materials at artists' expense)
●Volunteer Support - Calling on 3331's network of volunteers in order to realize artists' projects.
●A Guide to Tokyo - Extensive information for everyday life and artists' research is provided, as well as a 1 day tour of Tokyo's arts spaces.
Additional Coordination Service (this service will incur a charge)
●Flyer Design - Design of printed publicity materials by a professional designer (cost of printing is at the artists' expense)
●Postal Distribution - Distribution of printed publicity materials to galleries and other venues across Tokyo and Japan
●Construction - Direct support in construction of the work and installation of the exhibition
●Research - Direct support in artists' research, involving detailed data collection, translation and coordination

Cost of Residence
Accommodation+Studio+Gallery+Support=230,000 yen per month per artist
*Applicants must be able to cover the costs of residence facilities as well as their own travel, living and production expenses
Cost Details

Conditions for Application

Please be aware that only applicants (individuals or organizations) who are able to cover the costs of the residence facilities as well as artist travel and living expenses are eligible for application. 3331 does not provide grants or scholarships.

How to Apply

Please download the application form from the website and send it by email to with other required materials by the application deadline.
Please do not send emails larger than 5mb.

For those wishing to use the residency facilities between July-December please apply by 25th March
(However it is possible to apply after this date if space is still available. Please check our calendar for availability)
For those wishing to use the residency facilities between January-June please apply by 23rd September

Application Form
Word File / Pdf

If you have any queries please contact Emma Ota at +81(0)3-6803-2441
*Please note that we can not accept applications by individuals who do not have sources to fund their residence. Individual artists may not apply and then make funding applications after being selected. Applicants must have a guaranteed source of funding at the time of application.

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