• Contemporary Art Foundation
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About the Award

The purpose of the Contemporary Art Foundation Artist Award (CAFAA) is to select a promising artist and provide the opportunity to advance their careers. This year the CAF is working in partnership with the Delfina Foundation and in addition to the 3 million yen prize money, the Grand Prix winner will receive an opportunity to have a 3month residency from July 2017 to September 2017 at the Delfina Foundation in London.


Aaron Cezar(Director of Delfina Foundation)

Aaron Cezar
(Director of Delfina Foundation)

The founding Director of Delfina Foundation, where he develops, curates and oversees its interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions and public platforms. Independently and through Delfina Foundation, he has sat on numerous boards, committees and advisory groups such as All Change Arts, Shubbak, Davidoff Art Initiative, Caspian Arts Foundation, and the Young Arab Theatre Fund.

Masato Kobayashi(Artist)

Masato Kobayashi

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (B.A.) in 1984. Started living and working at his studio in Kunitachi, Tokyo in 1985. Received the VOCA Encouragement Prize (1994) and Bienal Internacional de Artes de São Paulo (1996). Moved to Ghent, Belgium, at the invitation of Jan Hoet in 1997~2006. Back to Japan in 2006 and built the studio at Tomonoura in Hiroshima. Lives and works in Tokyo and Hiroshima.



British/Japanese artist who creates machines, robotics, music and video exploring issues surrounding technology and pop culture. MIT Media Lab Assistant Professor. Sputniko! has continued to produce playful and cross-boundary work examining technology of everyday life, and has presented her film and installation works internationally in museums such as New York MoMA, and Museum of Contemporary Art.

About Delfina Foundation

Delfina Foundation (DF) is more than London’s largest international residency programme – it is a home where the next generation of contemporary artists, curators and thinkers are supported and promoted.
Based in two newly renovated Edwardian houses in central London, DF is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering artistic talent and facilitating exchange through residencies and public programmes ranging from workshops to exhibitions, both in the UK and with international partners.
Founded by arts philanthropist Delfina Entrecanales CBE, DF is the successor to Delfina Studio Trust. From 1988 to 2006, Delfina Studio held an unprecedented record for supporting artists through residencies and exhibitions, including more than a dozen Turner Prize nominees.(Delfina Foundation http://delfinafoundation.com


Entry criteria

・Japanese artist and artists residing in Japan.
・Graduated about 10 to 15 years ago from an educational institution, e.g. university, graduate school

Selection procedure and Award Notification

There will be three rounds for review. Those scoring highest in the first round will be nominated to the second round. In the second round, five to six (5 to 6) artists will be selected as finalists. The final round will take place in mid-September and the winning artist will be selected from the group of finalists.

Application Guidelines

Applicants must submit an entry form via mail to below address. The entry form must be accompanied by up to 5 images (2MB in total, JPEG) or up to 20 min video (mp4) copied onto a CD-R or DVD-R.

Attn: Contemporary Art Foundation
#1102 Ark Hills Sengokuyama Residence, 1-9-18 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
All entries must be received by 15th July, 2016. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

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<First Round> Late July, 2016
<Second Round> Late Aug, 2016
<Final Round> Mid-Sep, 2016


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