14th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Callfor Entries

This sculpture exhibition is held in honor of Oita native sculptor Fumio Asakura, who took great pains to nurture the next generation of sculptors at Tokyo University of the Arts and the “Asakura School”. This exhibition serves as a chance for a new generation of Asian sculptures to test their mettle. This sculpture exhibition will be held with joint sponsorship from Oita Prefecture, who are promoting the creation of a “well-cultured Oita hometown,” and Bungo-ono City, who aim to create a “city with peaceful relations where bountiful nature connects with culture in the future.”
Furthermore, the exhibition will be positioned as a project related to the “Oita 2018 33rd National Culture Festival” and the “Oita 18th National Art and Culture Festival for Persons with Disabilities.” Currently, these events will split the prefecture into five zones, and each zone will be arranged with a different theme. The theme for Bungo-ono City is “village cultivation.” Just like crops raised on bountiful land eventually fully ripening, this region cultivates and produces many artists. The exhibition in fall of 2018 is situated as a “harvest festival” layered with one cloak for cultivating the blessings of the land and another cloak for supporting activities of expression from youths who will continue to grow grandly into adults.
This exhibition will convey the charms of Oita Prefecture, including our art culture, to the rest of the nation and the world, so we are seeking masterful submissions filled with ambition and anticipate many applicants.

14th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Application
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Organized by The Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Committee,Oita Prefecture, BungoOno City
Sponsored by Agency for Cultural Affairs
Co-sponsored by Saiki Printing Company Inc., Oita Bank, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Cooperation by Total Art Museum (Korea), National Art Gallery (Malaysia), Cultural Center of the Philippines, and China Artists’ Association
Exhibition Period September 29th, 2018 (Sat.) ‒ November 25th (Sun.) ※Anticipated
Application Period August 1st, 2017 (Tues.) ‒ December 21st (Thurs.)

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Exhibition Regulations (1) Applicant Eligibility
  Applicants (regardless of nationality) must be under the age of 50 as of April 1st 2017 and reside in either Japan or any other Asian country or region. Group entries are welcome.
  (2) Sculpture specifications

①Each applicant or group may submit only one original sculpture which has never been publicized. For group entries, only one sculpture per group is permitted.

②The dimensions of the sculpture must not exceed a total height, length and width of 150cm (including the base), and this must be in the completed form. Furthermore, the longest side of the sculpture must not exceed 70cm.

③The sculpture may be created from the materials of your choice however the sculpture must be able to withstand transportation and exhibition, and must be able to stand on its own.

  (3) Application procedure
  Applications via the internet

①Fill in the required information on the application form, attach sculpture photographs and submit your application.

②You must submit a JPEG image of your sculpture (640x480 pixels or less) together with your application. Photograph the sculpture to be submitted from three angles (one from front on showing the entire sculpture, and two from the angles of your choice: a total of three photographs). When photographing, do not use any special lighting, lenses, or filters. Images must be of how sculptures appear in their natural state. The sculpture must be in completed form. Do not submit photographs of model sculptures.

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  (4) Application fee

*Applications via mail (Only accepted in circumstances where application via the internet is impossible).
Fill in the required information on the application form and mail the application form together with the image data outlined in ② copied to a CD-R (copied disc must be Windows compatible [ISO9660], Macintosh and Linux data not accepted) to the Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Committee Office, with the postmark indicated on the envelope.

14th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Application Here>>

The application ahead

Apply to: Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Committee Office
Post code 879-6224,
Asakura Fumio Memorial Sculpture Museum
1587-11 Ikeda, Asaji-Machi, Bungo-Ono City, Oita, Japan
TEL +81-974-72-1300
FAX +81-974-72-1302

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Judging (1)First Selection Round
  Approximately 60 sculptures will be chosen by the judges.
*Inquiries regarding applications will not be accepted by telephone.
Results: all applicants will be notified of the results and they will be displayed on the homepage.
Result notification: February 2018
  (2)Second Selection Round
  Approximately 30 sculptures are selected from those that passed the First Selection Round. From these 30 sculptures, one Grand Prize winner and six “Award for Excellence” winners will be chosen. Award winning and selected works will be on display during the exhibition period.
Results: all applicants will be notified of the results and they will be displayed on the homepage.
  Applicants who pass the First Selection Round will be notified of how to ship their sculpture when the selection results are released. At that time you will be required to sign a document agreeing not to request the event organizers to pay damages in the event that the sculpture cannot be returned to you due to the country’s import export restrictions, or in the event that the sculpture is damaged. The applicant must bear all shipping expenses (including packaging). Applicants must insure their sculpture at the time of submission. In addition, the for the period from when the sculpture arrives to when it is returned to the applicant, the organizers will also insure the sculpture however the upper limit of the insurance policy valuation of the submitted sculpture will be JPY ¥100,000.
Judging committee Kiichi Sumikawa (Member of Japan Art Academy, Sculptor)
Tadayasu Sakai (Director of the Setagaya Art Museum, Art Critic)
Koichi Yasunaga (Former Director of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)
Shuichi Goda (Former Chairman of the Oita Prefecture Fine Art Association)
Takashi Fukai (Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Sculptor)
Sunhee Kim (Director of Kim Tschang-Yeul Jeju Museum of Art)
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Awards and Prize Money

Awards and Prize money
  • Grand Prize (one) JPY ¥2,000,000
  • Award for Excellence (six) JPY ¥500,000
  • Bungo-Ono Award (two) JPY ¥50,000(Chosen from among the selected sculptures, excluding the Grand Prize winner, via a poll of visitors to the exhibit)
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(1)The sculptures will be handled with due care from the time of arrival until they are shipped back to the applicant. However the exhibition organizers will not bear any responsibility for damage resulting from faults in the materials or structure of sculptures, or from any acts beyond their control such as natural disasters.

(2)Do not submit a sculpture that cannot withstand being transported, or sculptures which may cause damage to or soil other sculptures.

(3)Artists whose sculptures pass the First Selection Round hereby allow the exhibition organizers to picture the sculpture in publications for the purpose of publicizing and advertising, and give the right to publicize and reproduce images on the event website etc.

(4)The Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Committee will reserve the copyrights and property rights to all award-winning sculptures,except the sculpture awarded the “Bungo-Ono Award”.

(5)Applicants assume all responsibility for problems relating to copyrights of submitted sculptures.

(6)Plagiarized sculptures, replications, sculptures submitted by someone other than the original creator, or sculptures already exhibited elsewhere will be revoked of all prizes even after they have already been awarded.

(7)If a submitted sculpture cannot be returned due to problems with the import system, then the artist agrees to forgo all rights to that sculpture.

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