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Application for 2018 Mokuhanga Artist-in-Residence

MI-LAB is pleased to open a call for application for 2018 Mokuhanga Artist-in-Residence at Lake Kawaguchi. Please choose one of the following programs which suits your level and objective of learning mokuhanga. To apply, please download the application form and guidelines of your chosen program, fill in the form, and send it to us with other required documents by e-mail to: infodesk(a)endeavor.or.jp

Application Deadline is 20th March, 2017 and a selection result will be informed to applicants by 10th April, 2017 by e-mail.

Programs:

Basic Training Program (22 April – 26 May, 2018)
This program covers the fundamental skills of mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) including the process, techniques, tools and materials, which are rooted in the tradition of ukiyo-e printing. Residency provides you with sufficient time to experiment with and further develop your skills of mokuhanga in the peaceful environment of Lake Kawaguchi. This program is available to all artists and printmakers who wish to experience the introductory levels of mokuhanga.

Click to download Application Form and Guidelines of 2018 Basic Training Program.

Advanced Program (24 June- 28 July 10th June – 14th July, 2018)
This self-development program is designed for professional mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printing) printmakers. Artists are expected to come with a project using mokuhanga and develop it through the residency (500 words proposal is required in the application). The program will also offer the technical advice of carving and printing for individual needs, as well as lectures on washi paper, and the workshop of baren-wrapping and of paper-mounting. For this program, MI-LAB collaborates with Ozu Washi (paper distributer) and Kikuhide (a master baren maker) for the lecture and the workshop.

Click to download Application Form and Guidelines of 2018 Advanced Program.

If we receive surplus numbers of applications, we might consider organising extra programs – Basic Training Programs in particular – so that we can accommodate as many applicants as possible. Tentatively, the dates for the later programs are scheduled as follows:

Basic Training Program B: 22nd July – 25th August, 2018
Basic Training Program C: 2nd September – 6th October, 2018

If you prefer to apply for these dates, please mention your preference in the application form.


  1. Basic Training A (April/May, 35 days, for a maximum of six artists)
    This basic training program covers the fundamental skills of Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) and is available to all artists and printmakers who wish to experience the introductory levels of Mokuhanga.
  2. Basic Training B (Summer or Autumn, 35 days, for a maximum of six artists)
    This basic training program covers the fundamental skills of Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) and is available to all artists and printmakers who wish to experience the introductory levels of Mokuhanga
  3. Advanced Program (June/July, 35 days, for a maximum of six artists)
    This self-development program is designed for professional mokuhanga printmakers who have more than three years’ experience in this field. It is a project based course that also covers the specialized knowledge of Mokuhanga, such as tools maintenance, study of papers and mounting techniques, which are important for the further development of each artist’s career.
  4. Summer Workshop Program (June – August, 5-10 days)
    MI-LAB collaborates with art universities, printmaking studios and institutions offering workshops and facilities, such as Mokuhanga printmaking, Japanese bookmaking and paper mounting. We welcome proposals from interested organizations.
  5. Researcher Program (20-25 days)
    MI-LAB provides researchers with a wide range of Mokuhanga research resources, subject to the proviso that such research will be made available for publication.

Registration

To receive the most recent information from us, please complete a registration form and send it to us by e-mail, at the same time telling us the year and the program in which you are interested. On receipt of your application, we will in due course send to you by e-mail the latest timetable and other information. 

To download the registration form, please click here(PDF) or here(DOCX).