“PROJECT ATAMI” is a project started in 2021 in the city of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, which aims to “rediscover the charm of Atami with contemporary art.” Two pillars make up “PROJECT ATAMI”: ACAO ART RESIDENCE, an artist residency program, and ATAMI ART GRANT, a grant for supporting artists. Please find below more detailed information about “ATAMI ART GRANT.”

As one of the pillars of “PROJECT ATAMI,” “ATAMI ART GRANT 2022” is an initiative supporting art production activities for young artists. This year’s edition is held under the theme of “渦 (Vortex) – Spiral ATAMI.” 30 artists will be selected to produce new works as part of “ATAMI ART GRANT 2022”, adding color to the city of Atami.

The energy wave of “ATAMI ART GRANT” started last year, with a key visual produced by art director Midori Kawano. The image expresses the centripetal, diffusive force that art can evoke with a flow of colors sprinkled throughout the City of Atami, as well as the ways these colors are transformed into “渦 Vortices.”

Our open call for artists will start on Friday, June 17th, 2022. If selected, artists will be donated a sum of JPY 200,000 to be used for production and accommodation costs. New artworks will be unveiled with a multi-site exhibition on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 with the cooperation of public, corporate, and private support who have sympathized with this initiative. The exhibition will open across many venues throughout Atami City, including ACAO FOREST, and remain open until Sunday, November 27th, 2022. We invite artists to apply for projects that will color the city of Atami following this year’s GRANT theme.

PROJECT ATAMI was created to “rediscover the charm of Atami through art and bring it to light.” We believe that artists, with their fresh perspectives and acute sense of observation, are able to render the invisible visible.

By inviting artists to Atami through a residency program and an annual production grant, we would like artists to “rediscover and uncover the charm of Atami.” We hope that artists are able to visualize colors that they may have previously missed and ultimately capture the colorful soul of Atami. We aim for everyone involved in our project, including both artists and audiences, to walk out of the experience with a new image of Atami, so that every person can associate Atami with color. As such, PROJECT ATAMI aims to diffuse a new image of Atami.


ATAMI ART GRANT 2022 - Vortex-Spiral ATAMI
Number of selected applicants: 30
Application period: June 17th - August 7th, 2022
Exhibition period: November 3rd (Thursday) - November 27th (Sunday), 2022
Venue: ACAO FOREST, and other venues throughout Atami City (to be determined)

[Eligibility requirements]

  • Artists and creators who fall in line with PROJECT ATAMI's philosophy and who can enthusiastically partake in its vision
  • We will not select artists based on age, gender, or previous achievements
  • Artists can apply individually, as a group, or as a collective

[Application conditions]

  • Submitting the necessary information to complete an application
  • Being able to stay, produce, and/or travel to Atami from September to October 2022

※Depending on the exhibition location and the nature of the work, it may be possible to ship artworks to Atami. Please contact us separately if this applies to you.

[Grant for Art Production, Travel, and Accomodation]

200,000 yen (tax included)

[Application requirements]

Please prepare a plan of the artwork you would like to realize if selected for the grant. We also request the following information at the time of application.

  • Image of the artwork you wish to realize
  • Sketches and inspiration images of the idea of the artwork, such as sketches and reference works. You can upload up to four color photographs per application.
  • Details of the artwork you wish to realize (up to 350 words)
  • Applicant's information
  • Motivation for participation

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your many applications.


June 17th, 2022
Applications opens
August 7th, 2022
Application's deadline
late August 2022
Selection announcement
September -
late October 2022
Production period
November 3rd -
November 27th, 2022
Exhibition period


Fumie Erikawa

Fumie Erikawa

Assistant Chief, Development, Yokohama Museum of Art

After working for several corporations and the office of a head master of Japanese Tea Ceremony, ERIKAWA Fumie started her career in “museum development services” at the Mori Art Museum in 2005, where she was in charge of individual and corporate memberships. Has been in her current position since 2013. While being involved in fundraising and external collaborations with individuals, corporations and organizations, aims to make the museum an essential part of the city’s cultural infrastructure for people’s daily lives.

Naohiko Kishi

Naohiko Kishi

Art producer and director

In 1985, Naohiko Kishi graduated from Waseda University's Faculty of Science and Engineering and joined Tokyo Broadcasting Systems Holdings, Inc. (TBS Television, Inc.). He is in charge of the planning and production of "Akasaka BLITZ" and "Akasaka Sacas" programs. In 2015, he established Art Tokyo, a general incorporated association. He works as a producer for art fairs in various parts of Japan such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, and plans and produces various projects centered on art with the aim of developing the Japanese art market and promoting art and culture. He works as a producer and director of various TV programs, stages, events, concerts, and music software, as well as branding for local governments and government agencies. Member of the Cultural Economy Subcommittee of the Cultural Affairs Council of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Member of the Expert Committee on Tourism Strategy of the Japan Tourism Agency, and a Special Visiting Professor at the Nagoya University of Arts.

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma

Architect, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo

Established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over thirty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.

Taihei Shii

Taihei Shii

Startbahn, Inc. CEO
Art Beat, Inc. CEO

Born in 1977. Spent his childhood in the US. Graduated from Tama Art University in 2001. Taught as an Adjunct Professor in Tokyo University of the Arts. Has been a modern artist himself, with his focus theme of “Art in Internet Age”. M.S. in The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. Explained the initial plan of "Startbahn" at a talk event in 2006, acquired regarded patents in Japan and US. Established Startbahn, Inc, in 2014. Became CEO of Art Beat, Inc. in 2020. Enjoys playing billiards.

Yoshihisa Nakano

Yoshihisa Nakano

Eastern Culture Foundation as Representative Director

Graduated from Chiba University of Commerce with a degree in Business and Economics, 1967. After working at Isetan Co., Ltd. (now Mitsukoshi Isetan Co., Ltd.), joined Suzuya Co., Ltd. After serving as Representative Director and Senior Managing Director, he moved to Taiwan in 1991, where he was COO in the department store division of a major Taiwanese corporate group. Joined Warehouse Terrada Co., Ltd. in 2011. Appointed President and CEO in 2012. Resigned from the company in June, 2019. In August of the same year, with a vision of enriching Eastern culture by fostering a sense of trust that transcends regions and national borders, he established the Eastern Culture Foundation as Representative Director. Joined ACAO SPA & RESORT Co., Ltd as CHAIRMAN & CEO in 2021.

Fumio Nanjo

Fumio Nanjo

Art critic

Fumio Nanjo graduated from Keio University’s Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Letters, Department of Philosophy, and Department of Aesthetics and Art History. After working at the International Foundation (1978-1986), he became Deputy Director of the Mori Arts Center in 2002, and the Director of the Mori Arts Center from November 2006 to the end of December 2019. He has previously curated the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1997), served as Commissioner of the Taipei Biennale (1998), and served on the Turner Prize Jury (London, 1998). He was the Artistic Director of the Yokohama Biennale (2001) and Singapore Biennale (2006, 2008) and served as General Director of the KENPOKU ART Festival in Ibaragi (2016) as well as the Curatorial Director of the Honolulu Biennale (2017). His recent books include "Running Asia-Seeing the Present of Contemporary Art" and "Living in Art".

Mie Miwa

Mie Miwa

Managing Executive Officer of JTB Corporation

Miwa Mie is the Managing Executive Officer of East Japan Railway Company, where she is engaged in the development and operation of commercial facilities, new businesses, overseas businesses, and large-scale developments in Shinagawa. In 2021, JRE Mall started introducing and selling art in collaboration with ATAMI ART GRANT. In 2015, she became Managing Director of Atre Co., Ltd., General Manager of Growth Strategy Office and Executive Officer of East Japan Railway Company. In June 2022, she became General Manager of Business Creation Division, and Managing Executive Officer of JTB Co., Ltd. In her role, she is in charge of regional exchange and CX promotion.


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