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Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka
Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka

2-11-8 Kitakagaya, Suminoe, Osaka,
559-0011 JAPAN
Phone: +81-6-6681-7806
(weekdays, 9:30-17:30)
Fax: +81-6-6681-6188
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Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka 
The Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka was established in 2011 as a general incorporated foundation with the aim of providing support for artists and creators active in Osaka and improving the creative environment of the city and the greater Kansai area. The founding organization is the Chishima Real Estate Co., Ltd., which is the owner of the remains of the Osaka plant of Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
In 2004, the company launched as a project to contribute to the local society by helping to revive the city’s once flourishing harbor district, with some 40,000 square meters of unused lots and facilities of the Namura Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. to be revived as “a venue for new creation and establishing a communication hub for art and culture.” That same year, the “Namura Art Meeting ’04 –’34” was launched (Organizer: Namura Art Meeting Organizing Committee) as a 30-year experimental project with the arts utilizing the area’s industrial remains, and in 2005 the Creative Center Osaka (CCO) was opened as a composite arts and culture space. On its grounds there are a live performance space named “Studio Partita,” an outdoor space and several other halls and studios created by renovating the former general office building wings. (In 2007, these facilities were designated “Heritage of Industrial Modernization 33” by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
In order to support arts and culture activities in the Osaka area for the purpose of creating new value, the Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka operates grant programs including Creative Work Grant and Working Space Grant programs. Also, there is the “Kitakagaya Creative Village Project” (KCV), a plan that aims to turn the Kitakagaya area of Osaka into a creative and attractive place by attracting artists, art organizations and creators to Kitakagaya by providing cultural facilities, and accommodations for them in in properties belonging to the Chishima Real Estate Co.,

Creative Work Grants
Grant money is provided as partial funding aimed to intensify creative endeavors in Osaka through support of primarily young artists and creators and those engaged in cutting edge or experimental artistic activities working in and around the city. In the case of artists and creators based in the Osaka Municipality, grants are available for activities in Japan or abroad. The grants are of up to one million yen and they are granted to about ten projects a year.

Working Space Grants
These grants provide support artists and creators (individuals or groups) engaging in creative activities by making use of the potential of unused industrial facilities to bring out new appeal. Artists are granted free use of the “Creative Center Osaka (CCO)”, a former shipyard refurbished into a creative space, and “AIR Osaka” as a stage for diverse creative work, and monetary grants are provided as partial funding for activities. The facility use periods span from a minimum of seven days to a maximum of four weeks, and applications for these grants can be made in successive years. Five or more projects are chosen as grant recipients each year.

Partnership Grants
These are non-public grants to provide partial funding for activities by professionals (individuals or organizations) working in the field of art in Osaka’s Kitakagaya area (where the Foundation is located), with the aim to build model cases focusing on Osaka as a hub for creative work.