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About SICF

 

Launched in 2000, Spiral Independent Creators Festival (SICF) is an open-call art festival that aspires to discover, foster, and support emerging artists and designers. Organized by Spiral, an arts complex in Tokyo’s Aoyama, SICF brings together creative talents across different fields and disciplines to present their work. The festival attracts a wide variety of visitors from the creative industries, including gallery owners, curators, collectors, buyers, and media professionals. Over the years, SICF has continued to expand as a platform for artistic activities, through encounters between new talents and visitors. At the end of the festival, a series of prizes is announced, including the Judges’ Awards, Semi-Grand Prize, and Grand Prize as well as the Audience Award, which is selected by visitors. The winners receive the opportunity to exhibit their work again at Spiral. In addition to the EXHIBITION section with individual booths filled with original creations, this year sees the launch of MARKET, a new section offering for sale a wide range of items from fields closely related to lifestyle and displayed on tables and walls.

Applications are now open for ambitious artists and designers whose work endeavors to transcend existing values.


EXHIBITION

 

Since the launch of the festival, the EXHIBITION section has welcomed the works of 2128 creators. Whether it is painting, installation, sculpture, design, photography, movie, media art, dance or creative engineering, each exhibit will be encapsulated, for 4 days, in a w1.650 x d1.650 x h2.400mm booth.

 

CALL FOR CREATORS
1 (Thu) April~ 9(Fri)July 2021 ※ The call will close at 8PM (JST)
【WEB Application】The application form completed will be accepted up to 9(Fri)July 2021 at 8PM (JST)
【Postal Application】The application form completed shall arrive by 9(Fri)July 2021.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
・All nationality, age and type of work will be accepted.
・The applicant must be present at the venue during the event.
※ The participants of the Group A must be present on 18 (Sat) and 19 (Sun) September 2021 and Group B participants on 25(Sat)and 26 (Sun) September 2021.
・The applicants may be an individual or a group.

 

HOW TO APPLY
In order to apply, please register the necessary information in the application form and upload the exhibition plan and past works images on the web platform or mail it to SICF office.
* The application form is at the bottom of this page.


Download the “Exhibition plan
Download the “Past works sheet” * for postal application only

 

◼ Postal application address
SICF Office
Spiral Hall, 5-6-23, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
107-0062, Tokyo (Japan)
※ The application must arrive before the call for creators closes.

SCREENING PROCESS

The results of the application screening will be announced to the applicants by e-mail in the end of July. The list of participants will be published on SICF website in the beginning of August 2021.
Those who passed the screening process will be invited to exhibit at SICF22.

 

SICF22 (22nd Spiral Independent Creators Festival)

 

DATE
Group A : 18(Sat)– 21(Tue)September, 2021[50 exhibitors] 11:00-20:00
Group B : 23(Thu・NH)– 26(Sun)September, 2021 [50 exhibitors] 11:00-20:00
※ On the first days of the event, 18(Sat), 23(Thu・NH)the venue will be open to the public from 13:00
※ On the last days of the event, 21(Tue), 26(Sun)the venue will close to the public at 18:00
※ The 22(Wed), the venue will be closed to the public.

Set up and removal schedule :
・Group A: Set up: 18(Sat)September, 2021 7:00-12:30/Removal: 21(Tue) 18:00 – 20:00
・Group B: Set up: 23(Thu・NH)September, 2021 7:00-12:30/Removal: 26(Sun) 18:00 – 20:00

 

VENUE
Spiral Hall(Spiral 3F)
5-6-23, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 107-0062, Tokyo (Japan)
Exit B1 and B3 of Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda Lines)
Click here for the access map

 

AWARDS CEREMONY
26 (Sun) September 2021 20:00(pending)
The Judges’ Awards, Semi-Grand Prize and Grand Prize, as well as the Audience Award selected by the visitors will be announced. The judges general review as well as their messages to the creators will be available online.

 

EXHIBITION FEE / 4 days
¥47,000 (tax included) [Electricity supply] ¥11,000(tax included) ※up to 15A/day
※ The fee is the same for individuals or groups.
※ The electricity fee will be charged if you use electricity whether it is for your own device charger or for a part of your exhibit.
※ Lighting will be installed from the ceiling of the venue, it will lighten the booth entirely.
If you are considering individual lighting for your work, please prepare your own material and apply for the electricity supply option.
※ Application is free. The exhibition fee will be required after the applicant passed the screening process.

 

BOOTH SIZE
※ Spiral Hall will host 50 booths.
SIZE: w1.650 x d1.650 x h2.400mm  WALLS COLOR:white

 

CONDITIONS
・After the event, the online version of the exhibition will be made available for about one year.
(Cf : SICF21 Group A)https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=86n3FFeGUVe&lang=en&play=1
・The visitors admission to Spiral Hall (Spiral 3F) area will be charged.
・The exhibitors who sell their works will be charged 15% of the price of the work in total by SICF office as handling fee. The shipment of the works is at the charge of the exhibitor.

 

AWARDS
・Grand Prize
The winner will be invited to present a solo show at Spiral (\500,000 will be granted to the winner to prepare this exhibition’s works)
The winner will be introduced on Spiral web platforms
The winner will participate to SICF22 Winners Exhibition (group exhibition)
・Semi-Grand Prize/Judges’ Awards/Audience Award
The winners will participate to SICF22 Winners Exhibition (group exhibition)

・Wacoal Study Hall Kyoto Award

The winner will be invited to present a solo show at Wacoal Study Hall Kyoto

The winner will participate to SICF22 Winners Exhibition (group exhibition)

 

EXAMINATION CRITERIA (Awards)
・Newness
Are you challenging new means of expression and explore yet uncovered areas of the creation?
・Originality
Are your works original and not inspired by others?
・Expression
Are your ideas and concept clearly expressed in your works?
・Technic
Do you have the technical ability to enhance the artistry of your work?
・Potential
Do your works have a business potential that can be developed in and out of Spiral (curatorial exhibition, commercial exhibition, public art installations, etc.)?

 

JUDGES
Shinji Ohmaki/Artist
Miyuki Tanaka/Curator, Producer
Kenjiro Hosaka/Director, Shiga Museum of Art
Ikuko Kato /Curator, Spiral
When confirmed, other judges will be announced on SICF website.


MARKET

The new section MARKET, inspired by Spiral overall concept of fusion of art and life, will focus on artistic creations in lifestyle, fashion and food industries. Creators of the craft and product design as well as chefs will be selected to exhibit their products for four days, in an area composed of a counter and a wall (w1,500 x w2,400 mm).

 

CALL FOR CREATORS
1 (Thu) April~ 9(Fri)July 2021 ※ The call will close at 8PM (JST)
【WEB Application】The application form completed will be accepted up to 9(Fri)July 2021 at 8PM (JST)
【Postal Application】The application form completed shall arrive by 9(Fri)July 2021.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
・All nationality, age and type of work will be accepted.
・The applicant must be present at the venue during the event.
・The applicants may be an individual or a group.
・The items exhibited must be available for sale.

 

HOW TO APPLY
In order to apply, please register the necessary information in the application form and upload the exhibition plan, exhibited works and past works images on the web platform or mail it to SICF office.
* The application form is at the bottom of this page.

Download the “Exhibition plan
Download the “Exhibited works sheet” * for postal application only
Download the “Past works sheet” * for postal application only

 

◼ Postal application address
SICF Office
Spiral Hall, 5-6-23, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
107-0062, Tokyo (Japan)
※ The application must arrive before the call for creators closes.

 

SCREENING PROCESS
The results of the application screening will be announced to the applicants by e-mail in the end of July. The list of participants will be published on SICF website in the beginning of August 2021.
Those who passed the screening process will be invited to exhibit at SICF22.

 

SICF22 (22nd Spiral Independent Creators Festival)

 

DATE
Group A : 18(Sat)– 21(Tue)September, 2021 11:00-20:00
Group B : 23(Thu・NH)– 26(Sun)September, 2021 11:00-20:00
※ On the first days of the event, 18(Sat), 23(Thu・NH)the venue will be open to the public from 13:00
※ The 22(Wed), the venue will be closed to the public.
※ We are expected 30 different exhibitors, but it is possible that the number of exhibitors change.

 

Set up and removal schedule :
・Group A: Set up: 18(Sat)September, 2021 7:30-11:00/Removal: 21(Tue) 20:00 – 22:00
・Group B: Set up: 23(Thu・NH)September, 2021 7:30-11:00/Removal: 26(Sun) 20:00 – 22:00

 

VENUE
Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)
5-6-23, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 107-0062, Tokyo (Japan)
Exit B1 and B3 of Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda Lines)
Click here for the access map

 

AWARDS CEREMONY
26 (Sun) September 2021 20:00(pending)
The Judges’ Awards, Grand Prize, the Best Seller Award as well as the Audience Award selected by the visitors will be announced. The judges general review as well as their messages to the creators will be available online.

 

EXHIBITION FEE / 4 days
¥55,000 (tax included) [Electricity supply] ¥5,000(tax included) ※up to 5A/day
※ The fee is the same for individuals or groups.
※ The electricity fee will be charged if you use electricity whether it is for your own device charger or for a part of your exhibit.
※ Lighting will be installed from the ceiling of the venue, it will lighten the wall and the counter entirely.If you are considering individual lighting for your work, please prepare your own material and apply for the electricity supply option.
※ Application is free. The exhibition fee will be required after the applicant passed the screening process.

 

BOOTH SIZE
※ COUNTER 【A】:w1500mm×d600mm×h900mm
※ COUNTER 【B】:w1500mm×d600mm×h700mm
* Be sure to select either one of them.
WALL SIZE: w1,500 mm x h2,400 mm
WALL & COUNTER COLOR:white

 

CONDITIONS
・After the event, the online version of the exhibition will be made available for about one year.
(Cf : SICF21 Group A)https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=86n3FFeGUVe&lang=en&play=1
・The visitors admission to Spiral Garden (Spiral 1F) is free.
・The exhibitors will be charged 20% of the price of the items by SICF office as handling fee. The exhibitor is responsible for selling.

 

AWARDS
・Grand Prize
The winner will be invited to present a solo show at Spiral (\300,000 will be granted to the winner to prepare this exhibition’s works).
The winner’s product will be put on sale on Spiral Online Store.
The winner will be introduced on Spiral communication platforms.
The winner will participate to a commercial exhibition at Spiral.
・Judges’ Awards/Best seller Award/Audience Award
The winner will participate to a commercial exhibition at Spiral.

 

EXAMINATION CRITERIA (Awards)
・Originality
Are your items original and not inspired by others?
・Beauty
Are your items containing a strong sense of aesthetic?
・Practicality
Whether they are a prototype or a finished product; were your items produced, with consideration for daily life, as functional and safe?
・Marketability
Are the items attractive? Are the target and purpose clear and the price set appropriately? Does their development as commercial items seams feasible?
・Potential
Do your items have the potential to be commercialized at Spiral stores (Spiral Market, Entrance, Spiral Café, etc.)?

 

JUDGES
Eriko Kawabuchi/Bunkaseijin Collective Director
Masaru Suzuki/Textile Designer
Sari Hayashiguchi/Epiphany Works Ltd. Director, Toyama West Tourism Promotion Association Producer
Naoko Nishimura/Assistant Manager, Product Merchandise Unit, Product Sales Division,  Retail Sales Department, Spiral

 

Application form