12th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition call for entries

12th Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition call for entries

Born and raised in the town of Asaji, located in Oita prefecture, Fumio Asakura is one artist who helped define contemporary Japanese sculpture. The Asakura Fumio Memorial Park “Ai no Sono”(Garden of Love), located in Asaji, is a serene artistic expanse surrounded by lush greenery and pristine water, which uses The Asakura Fumio Memorial Sculpture Museum as its focal point. In honor of Fumio Asakura, Oita Prefecture and Bungo Ono City hold an exhibit in the hall of this park to encourage aspiring artists to create new waves in the world of Asian sculpture. The submission of highly-motivated works is anticipated.

Holding outline:

Organized by The Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition Committee
Sponsored by Agency for Cultural Affairs
Co-sponsored by Saiki Printing Company Inc., Oita Bank, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
In cooperation with Total Art Museum (Korea), National Art Gallery (Malaysia), Cultural Center of the Philippines (Philippines), China Artists’ Association (China)
Exhibition Period October to November 2014
Application Period August 1st (Thursday) to December 21st (Saturday) 2013

Application outline:
Exhibition Regulations (1) Applicant Eligibility
Applicants (regardless of nationality) must be under the age of 50 as of April 1st 2013 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

*The applicant from China must mail the application form to CHINA ARTISTS ASSOCIATION without using this system.

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 (640×480 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.

(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.

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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

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: March 2014
(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, Tadayasu Sakai, Koichi Yasunaga, Shuichi Goda, Takashi Fukai, Keiji Uematsu

Awards and Prize money

Grand Prize (one) JPY ¥2,000,000
Award for Excellence (six) JPY ¥500,000
Bungo-Ono Award (one) JPY ¥50,000(Chosen from among the selected sculptures, excluding the Grand Prize winner, via a poll of visitors to the exhibit)


(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)Applicants 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)All award winning sculptures, except for the sculpture awarded the “Bungo-Ono Award”, become the property of the event organizers.

(5)Applicants will assume all responsibility in the event of problems relating to copyrights if 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.

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