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What is AIR 3331?

“AIR 3331” is an AIR (Artist in Residence) program established by 3331 Arts Chiyoda - an artist-run center based in a repurposed school, whose former classrooms house 4 floors of exhibition space, independent galleries, workshop facilities and more. With various programs and a diverse influx of visitors to connect with, 3331 Arts Chiyoda is well situated as a base for creative practitioners from around the world.

Providing an intensive period of stay and production, the AIR 3331 program has been host to artists, curators and researchers who act as “magnets”, interlinking their respective localities through art. The program aims to facilitate discovery and the mutual exchange of diverse values at a local level, inspired by the unique culture, history and stories of the immediate community. The program maintains flexibility in accommodating participants from Japan and overseas who work in a diverse range of genres, including visual and media art, design, performing arts, music and architecture.

AIR 3331 is uniquely centered in the eclectic Kanda area and set to the backdrop of Tokyo, whose figure as an international city intersects with the atmosphere of the past, as seen in Akihabara, Ochanomizu, Jimbocho, Ueno and other nearby neighborhoods. Participants have the opportunity to stay, create and present right in the heart of Tokyo’s art scene with a studio/gallery space in 3331 Arts Chiyoda, or the nearby live-in studio, newly established in June 2015.

AIR 3331 consists of two programs: Open Call and Special Invitation.

Our History, Our Structure, Our Mission

3331 Arts Chiyoda is a hub for the development and promotion of arts and cultural activities accessible to its community and beyond.

In response to an open call held through the Chiyoda City Culture and Art Plan, the non-governmental organization Command A, LLC. (http://www.commanda.info/) proposed what is now 3331 Arts Chiyoda. 3331 Arts Chiyoda was established in 2010, reutilizing the former Rensei Junior High School that had closed in March 2005.

3331 Arts Chiyoda is operated by Command A, LLC. Amongst the varied arts and cultural programming independently organized by Command A, the current AIR 3331 residence program was initiated with the aim of creating space and opportunity for international artists to undertake research and presentation.

For those interested in the independent and alternative creative activities particular to urban space and a uniquely Japanese society, AIR 3331 welcomes you to experience our program under the mandate of "a space made for ourselves, by ourselves".

AIR 3331 Open Call

“AIR 3331 Open Call” is an open application residence program that accommodates domestic and international artists and creators. Welcoming the participation of individual and group initiatives in such fields as art, design, performance and fashion, to date* over 100 artists from Asia, North America, South America, Australia, Europe and other nationalities have joined 3331 to undertake projects, carry out research and produce new work that has led to the realization of numerous exhibitions, workshops and events.

The open call consists of two different plans that cater to each participant’s project goals: A “full-term plan” of between one and three months suited to those wishing to carry out a full-length project, intensive research or create new work for exhibition, and a “short-term plan” of less than one month for those seeking concentrated studio time or the challenge of holding an exhibition or event in Tokyo.

In support, residence coordinators are on hand to facilitate the realization of artists' activities during their stay. From production advice or interpretation for workshops and events to sharing knowledge of the Tokyo art scene, 3331 Arts Chiyoda's administrative staff members are always approachable. **

* As of June 2017.
** There are services included in the base residence fee, and optional services that require an additional fee.

AIR 3331 Special Invitation

Artists with a demonstrated international practice are invited by 3331 Arts Chiyoda to undertake targeted research and initiate art projects centering on surrounding communities through the “AIR 3331 Special Invitation” program.

Since its initiation in 2011, the program has explored the “underlying diversity” and “regional character” encapsulated within Tokyo with 3331 Arts Chiyoda as a starting point, developing art projects that aim to generate a new sense of community.

The focus of this program to date has been on the activities of creators based in East Asian countries that have achieved remarkable development in recent years, inviting artists from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia to undertake community projects, research, exhibitions and workshops.

In deepening discussions between Tokyo/Japan and other localities, an “alternative Tokyo” is made visible through these artists' rich perspectives. The program continues to explore modes for multicultural coexistence and new values, forged by the inhabitants of separate locales who, despite complex relations and differences, share the experience of living in the same age.

AIR 3331 Special Invitation - Past Exhibitions

Group Exhibition "AIR 3331"
Dates: February 25 - March 13, 2011
http://air.3331.jp/2011/en/
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2010 / Chiyoda City)

3331 Artist in Residence Program AIR 3331 vol.2
Dates: February 4 - 19, 2012
http://air.3331.jp/2012/en/
(Supported by Chiyoda City)

AIR 3331 Research Project - An Alternative Tokyo
Dates: March 3 - 25, 2012
http://air.3331.jp/research/en/
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2011)

Alternative Tokyo vol.2
Dates: October 21 - November 25, 2012
http://2012.kanda-tat.com/project/010.html
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2012)

AIR 3331 Alternative Tokyo vol.3
Project period: September 4 - December 20, 2013
http://air.3331.jp/2013/en/
(Supported by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2013)

MUNTADAS: ASIAN PROTOCOLS
Dates: March 20 - April 17, 2016
http://am.3331.jp/index_en.html
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2016; Accion Cultural Espanola; The Embassy of Spain in Japan)

Move Arts Japan “IN ACTION” Artist-in-Residence Program 2016
Dates: August 1 (Mon)- November 30 (Wed), 2016
http://movearts.jp/in-action2016
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2016)