Open Call Arita/Saga Residency 2025

For designers and artists who want to carry out research in the artistic and technical fields and to develop their own work through intensive interaction with local porcelain producers in the Saga region during a work period in Arita, Japan.

12 September 2024

closing date

€ 11,000

subsidy amount

summer 2025 or autumn 2025

work periods

Important information

what is the objective of this call?

The Arita residency was set up by Creative Residency Arita (CRA), an international artist-in-residence programme of the city of Arita and Saga Prefecture in Japan, in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund.

The aim of the residency is to stimulate crossovers and experimentation and to initiate new collaborations between Dutch designers and artists and local porcelain producers and craftsmen. An important starting point for this residency is to learn special techniques within Japan's oldest ceramics industry and to apply these in the participants’ work.

who is this open call for?

This call is open to individual designers and artists. Knowledge of working with ceramics is not a requirement. However, willingness to delve into this and affinity with the specific context in the Saga region are important.

Designers submit their application to the Creative Industries Fund NL. Artists can do so through the Mondriaan Fund.
It is not possible to apply as a duo, collective or cooperative venture.

how do you prepare an application?

In order to prepare the application, it is important to acquire the right information based on the following documents:

Open Call Arita/Saga Residency 2025

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Arita/Saga Residency 2025. This describes the purpose and objective, key questions, criteria and procedure.

Open Call Grant Scheme

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Grant Scheme. This scheme describes the general conditions, grounds for rejection, manner of publication, submission process, assessment and award procedures, and grant obligations.

what is assessed?

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Arita/Saga Residency 2025 and the Open Call Grant Scheme.

assessment criteria

- Artistic quality of the work
- Quality of the development plan
- Motivation in relation to the residency’s objective and the envisaged international exchange

what happens to your application?


When you have submitted your application, the Fund Desk will check if your application complies with the formal requirements of the Open Call Grant Scheme.


An independent advisory committee will evaluate your application on the basis of the criteria and requirements set out in the Open Call Arita/Saga Residency 2025 and the Open Call Grant Scheme. The committee advises the Fund’s Board.


The assessment of the open call is similar to a tender. This means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals will be preferred over other ones. Only positively assessed projects will be supported.


The board takes account of the advisory committee’s advice in its decision on the rejection or provision of a grant. You will be notified of the result by means of a decision.


If you receive a grant from the Fund you will have to comply with the obligations. Two weeks before the conclusion of your project, you will be requested by email to submit your accountability form in the Fund’s application environment.

important documents

Hoe kom je tot een overtuigende aanvraag?

tip 1

be clear and do not repeat yourself

tip 2

get to know the local context

tip 3

ask for feedback and fine-tune your proposal

Steps to take

Do you want to apply for a subsidy under this open call?

Start your application
do you have any questions?

If anything is not clear, please send your question by e-mail to Roxanne da Graça. You can also phone 010 436 16 00. If you have a more general question, read the frequently asked questions first.