The Japan International High School Arts Festival 2018: Call for Entries

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The National Arts Council is pleased to invite your school to submit your students’ artwork for a chance to represent Singapore at the Japan International High School Arts Festival, an annual event sponsored by the Japan International Foundation for Arts and Culture.


Held in Tokyo, Japan, from 8th to 9th August 2018, the festival is designed for students aged 15-18, to showcase their creative talent on a global platform. Each year, approximately 400 artworks are selected from over 11,000 student entries across the globe and exhibited at the National Art Center in Tokyo, one of the Japan’s most highly regarded galleries.


The National Arts Council is the national coordinating body for the festival. From the entries received, five artworks will be selected to represent Singapore at the showcase. In addition, the student with the highest-rated artwork will be invited to participate in the festival and awards ceremony in Tokyo on 9th August 2018, as part of a cultural exchange with young artists from other countries.


Please refer to the guidelines for submission below. All artwork must reach us by Wednesday, 2 March 2018, 3 p.m. to be considered for selection.


If you have further enquiries or require assistance, please contact Ms Yuana Mahuri, at or Ms Ivy Lam at


You may download a copy of the application form below. 



Students whose works are submitted must be:

  • aged between 15 – 18 years old;
  • Singapore Citizens; and
  • available to travel to Japan for the exhibition and awards ceremony in early August 2018.


The winner representing Singapore will receive:

  • Two round-trip economy-class tickets to Japan for the himself/herself and an accompanying legal guardian
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • Accommodation (one twin room for the winner and guardian)
  • A full-day guided tour of Tokyo for two (all guardians are required to attend)
  • Services of an interpreter


Submission Guidelines

  1. All artwork must be 2-dimensional. Sculptures will not be accepted.
  2. Artwork must fall into the following genres: painting; digital art; illustration; graphic design; batik painting; Chinese ink or calligraphy.
  3. Artworks and artist statements must explore the theme: Conversations.
  4. Each artwork must be done by an individual. Collaborative work will not be accepted.
  5. The artwork should be no larger than 95cm x 95cm.
  6. For physical pieces, please submit a clear photograph in .jpg format of the work for our consideration. Should the piece be selected, we will contact you to arrange for collection of the original artwork.
  7. For digital artwork, please ensure that the file is in .jpg format.
  8. All selected artwork will be insured and shipped to Japan by the NAC. All artwork will be returned to the artists after the festival.
  9. All submissions must be accompanied by the application form appended.
  10. All submissions much reach us by Friday, 2 March 2018, 3 p.m. to be considered for selection.
  11. Submissions which do not fulfil the entry requirements will not be considered.


Methods of Submission

  1. Entries must be submitted via email to
  2. All images must be sent as email attachments and should be kept within 2MB per image.
  3. All images must be saved in the following format: NAME_SCHOOL_TITLEOFWORK