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What is AIR 3331?

“AIR 3331” is an AIR (Artist in Residence) program established by Command A - an artist-run initiative that bases its activities in the center of Tokyo (notably Chiyoda City), with an aim to dive into local communities and cultivate creativity. With a wide range of projects and a diverse network of creators to connect with, the program serves as a strong base for creative practitioners from around the world.

▶Comment by AIR 3331 Supervising Director

Masato Nakamura (AIR 3331 Supervising Director)

“What sets apart the AIR 3331 program is that creators can stay at the heart of Tokyo to create and then present their work, giving them the chance to become directly involved with the Japanese art scene and local community. Through AIR 3331, I encourage creators of all fields to make their own project in Tokyo become a reality”.

Born in Odate City (Akita, Japan) in 1963. Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts (Department of Painting). A socially aware artist pushing forth diverse art projects with focus on "art x community x industry". Represented Japan in the 49th Venice Biennial (2002). Received the Japanese Government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs Award in Fine Arts (2010). Has supervised over the artist initiative “Command N” since 1997. Launched revitalization projects in localities across Japan, and founded and directed the art center 3331 Arts Chiyoda from June 2010 to March 2023.


Providing an intensive period of stay and production, the AIR 3331 program has hosted artists, curators and researchers who act as “magnets”, interlinking their respective bases of activity 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 Tokyo (Chiyoda City) community. The program openly welcomes participants from Japan and overseas who work in a diverse range of genres, including visual and media art, design, performing arts, music and architecture. Our program places no limit on the form of media or the resulting production of work, making it ideal for those looking to create freely and independently.

▶Why AIR 3331?

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, Iwamotocho, Ueno, and other nearby neighborhoods. Participants have the opportunity to stay, create, and present right in the heart of Tokyo’s art scene at AIR 3331’s facilities located in Iwamotocho, just a few steps away from Akihabara.

Our History, Our Structure, Our Mission

The non-governmental organization Command A, LLC. (, ran by the artist Masato Nakamura, founded the art center known as 3331 Arts Chiyoda, which reutilized the former Rensei Junior High School and held numerous creative projects spanning all fields of art and culture until its closure in March 2023.

Amongst the varied arts and cultural programming that continues to be organized by Command A, the current AIR 3331 residence program was initiated with the aim of creating space and opportunity for both domestic and overseas 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".

▶Types of Programs

AIR 3331 Open Call

As one pillar of AIR 3331, “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 fields such as art, design, performance and fashion, to date* over 230 artists from Asia, North America, South America, Australia, Europe and across the globe have joined AIR 3331 to undertake projects, carry out research, and produce new work that has led to the realization of countless exhibitions, workshops, and events of all types held right in the Tokyo community.

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 an in-depth 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 both traditional and contemporary Tokyo, the administrative staff members are always approachable.**

*As of February 2023.
**There are services included in the base residence fee, and optional services that require an additional fee.

AIR 3331 Special Invitation

Through “AIR 3331 Special Invitation”, artists with a demonstrated international practice are invited by AIR 3331 to undertake targeted research and initiate art projects centering on surrounding communities.

Since its initiation in 2011, the program has explored the “underlying diversity” and “regional character” encapsulated within Tokyo with AIR 3331 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
(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
(Supported by Chiyoda City)

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

Alternative Tokyo vol.2
Dates: October 21 - November 25, 2012
(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
(Supported by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2013)

Dates: March 20 - April 17, 2016
(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
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2016)

Move Arts Japan Artist-in-Residence Program 2017
Dates: August 1, 2017- March 31, 2018
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2017)

Move Arts Japan Artist in Residence Program 2018
Dates: June 1, 2018- February 1, 2019
(Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal 2018)

Tokyo Bieannale 2020 “Social Dive”
Dive into Tokyo, Engage with the people!
Open Call for Artist-In-Residence Projects
(Supported by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tokyo Tokyo Festival 2020)