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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 and the Best Seller Award given to the creator who sold the most items. The winners receive the opportunity to exhibit their work again at Spiral. In addition to the EXHIBITION section with individual booths, the MARKET section proposes to exhibit and sale a wide range of lifestyle items, in display on the venue walls and tables.

Applications are soon to be open for ambitious independent creators whose work endeavors to transcend existing values.

 


EXHIBITION


 

Since the launch of the festival, the EXHIBITION section has welcomed the works of 2226 creators. Whether it is painting, installation, sculpture, design, photography, movie, media art, dance or creative engineering, each exhibit will be encapsulated, for 3 days, in a w1.650 x d1.650 x h2.400mm booth.

 

CALL FOR CREATORS
1 (Wed) December 2021 ~ 17(Thu)February 2022 ※ The call will close at 8PM (JST)
【WEB Application】The application form completed will be accepted up to 17(Thu)February 2022 at 8PM (JST)
【Postal Application】The application form completed shall arrive by 17(Thu)February 2022.

 

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.

 

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 will be available on this page from 1 (Wed) December 2021.


Download the “Exhibition plan
Download the “Exhibiting work 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 beginning of March. The list of participants will be published on SICF website around the middle of March 2022.
Those who passed the screening process will be invited to exhibit at SICF23.

 

SICF23 (23rd Spiral Independent Creators Festival)

 

DATE
Group A : 3(Tue – NH)– 5(Thu – NH)May, 2022[50 exhibitors] 11:00-20:00
Group B : 6(Fri)– 8(Sun)May, 2022 [50 exhibitors] 11:00-20:00
※ On the first days of the event, 3(Tue – NH)May , 6(Fri)May the venue will be open to the public from 12:00
※ On the last days of the event, 5(Thu – NH)May, 8(Sun)May the venue will close to the public at 18:00

Set up and removal schedule :
・Group A: Set up: 3(Tue – NH)May, 2022 7:00-11:30/Removal: 5(Thu – NH) 18:00 – 20:00
・Group B: Set up: 6(Fri)May, 2022 7:00-11:30/Removal: 8(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
8 (Sun) May, 2022 20:00(pending)

 

EXHIBITION FEE / 3 days
¥47,000 (tax included) [Electricity supply] ¥11,000(tax included) ※up to 1500W
※ 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
・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 yen will be granted to the winner to prepare this exhibition’s works)
The winner will be introduced on Spiral web platforms
・Semi-Grand Prize/Judges’ Awards/Audience Award/Daily Art Award
The winners will participate to SICF23 Winners Exhibition (group exhibition)

 

*Chosen by Spiral, the Daily Art Award is a new prize given to a creator presenting works of art easy to incorporate in the everyday life.

 

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
To be announced in the beginning of December.


MARKET

The MARKET section, 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 three days, in an area composed of a counter and the wall (w1,500 x w2,400 mm) behind.

 

CALL FOR CREATORS
1 (Wed) December 2021 ~ 17(Thu)February 2022 ※ The call will close at 8PM (JST)
【WEB Application】The application form completed will be accepted up to 17(Thu)February 2022 at 8PM (JST)
【Postal Application】The application form completed shall arrive by 17(Thu)February 2022.

 

・All nationality, age and type of work will be accepted.
・The applicant must be present at the venue during the event.
・The applicants may also apply as a brand or a shop.
・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 will be available on this page from 1 (Wed) December 2021.

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 beginning of March. The list of participants will be published on SICF website around the middle of March 2022.
Those who passed the screening process will be invited to exhibit at SICF23.

 

SICF23 (23rd Spiral Independent Creators Festival)

 

DATE

Group A : 3(Tue – NH)– 5(Thu – NH)May, 2022 11:00-20:00
Group B : 6(Fri)– 8(Sun)May, 2022   11:00-20:00
※ We are planning to host 35 exhibitors per group. However, the number of exhibitors selected may change due to the circumstances.
※ On the first days of the event, 3(Tue – NH)May , 6(Fri)May,  the venue will be open to the public from 12:00

Set up and removal schedule :
・Group A: Set up: 3(Tue – NH)May, 2022 7:00-11:00/Removal: 5(Thu – NH) 20:00 – 22:00
・Group B: Set up: 6(Fri)May, 2022 7:00-11:00/Removal: 8(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
8 (Sun) May, 2022 20:00(pending)

 

EXHIBITION FEE / 3 days
¥55,000 (tax included) [Electricity supply] ¥5,000(tax included) ※up to 500W
※ 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
* The applicant can select either one of them.
WALL SIZE: w1,500 mm x h2,400 mm
WALL & COUNTER COLOR:white

 

CONDITIONS
・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 client’s payment is to be made at one of the register located within the venue.

 

AWARDS
・Grand Prize
The winner will be invited to present a solo show at Spiral (300,000 yen 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 digital platforms.
・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
To be announced in the beginning of December.

 

COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
・Participants must allow SICF operating company Spiral / Wacoal Art Center to use copyright images in all printed matters and web contents accompanying the publicity and promotion of this event.
・ Participants personal information will be used for inquiries about submitted works, notification of examination results, information about the next steps and other matters that are considered necessary by SICF. As a general rule, we will not use or provide personal information to third parties for any other purpose without the consent of the individual.
・ It is possible to apply for both the EXHIBITION and the MARKET sections, but after passing the screening, you may only exhibit in one category.