The Agency for Cultural Affairs has organized the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists (formerly the Overseas Study Program for Artists)(*) since 1967, helping young artists undergo training at universities and related organizations in other countries in order to foster the talent that will support the future of Japan’s art world. The program celebrates its half-century anniversary this year. The “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” exhibition has been held annually since 1998 to provide an opportunity for showcasing the achievements of the program, and this year marks its 20th anniversary. In addition to the large-scale group exhibition held in the spacious venue of the National Art Center, Tokyo, “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow PLUS,” a smaller exhibition with a strong curatorial focus, was launched in 2015. With the first phase as sending participating artists abroad, these two exhibitions together serve as the second phase, aiming to present the work of participants in the development program to the Japanese art world.
Subtitled “Memories of passagers,” the 20th annual “DOMANI” exhibition showcases examples of exciting talent who have completed the study program in recent years. Including four artists who continue to be based abroad after the program, the experiences of these artists living overseas as temporary passagers (voyagers) away from home will surely emerge in the exhibition.
A related special exhibition and various satellite events will also be held to commemorate the half-century anniversary of the program and the 20th anniversary of the exhibition.
(*)Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists (past the Overseas Study Program for Artists)
This is a program under which the Agency for Cultural Affairs sends young artists overseas to support their training in their specialties. Since the 1967 fiscal year, About 3,400 artists have participated so far (Including art department is about 1,200). There are six types ‒ one-year, two-year, three-year, special (80 days), short-stay (20 to 40 days) and high school student (350 days) courses ‒ in the fields of media art, including fine art, music, dance, theater, film and stage design.
The trainees have practical training with overseas universities, art organizations and artists.
See the details of this system on the website of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.