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Works submissions begin for “Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2012”
 
The outline of the “Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2012” international art festival to be held in the summer of 2012 has been released and the organizers are now accepting applications from artists wishing to submit works or project proposals. Since its launch in 2000 “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial” has been held once every three years with the aim of promoting community development through art and is now recognized as one of the world’s largest international art festivals. For the 5th holding of the festival in 2012, the organizers plan to add about 50 new art works to the approximately 200 existing works now installed around the Echigo Tsumari area as the festival’s permanent collection. The traditional farm house that had been converted into the “Australia House” project in 2009 (Urata community, Tokamachi) collapsed in the March 12th Niigata-Nagano Border Region Earthquake will be rebuilt as one of the main projects and displays of the 2012 festival. There will also be a new project using the local JR Iiyama railroad line. The festival dates will be July 29 to Sept. 17.
The areas open for artist participation and submissions include, (1) submission of art works, (2) application for artist-in-residence positions (East Asia Art Village), (3) submission of architectural design proposals (for the Australia House) and (4) submission of product design proposals (Echigo-Tsumari Regional Product Re-Design Project).
(1) Between 10 and 20 art works or project proposals that employ or enhance the unique history or natural environment of the Echigo-Tsumari region with its wealth of resources will be selected from applications in the categories of “village works” (for the natural environment, tiered rice paddy areas, village mountains, etc.), “town commercial area works” (for empty shops, street art, etc.), events and performance, and other categories.
(2) The East Asia Art Village artist-in-residence program accepts artists from East Asia to stay at the residence facility (Uwano Community Center, Tsunan-machi) for short or long period and create works while interacting with local residents, or artists wishing to stay for a period of residence to create a work or exhibition for the festival. From one to three artists-in-residence will be chosen. Written applications (see application information at the link below) will be accepted for both (1) and (2) from August 15 – August 31, 2011.
+Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2012 artist submissions/application information:
http://www.echigo-tsumari.jp/2009autumnen/2011/06/call-for-participation.html
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