Creative Toys International Competition
Outline for application
In Kobe Biennale 2015, we would hold the second edition of the Creative Toys International Competition. To expand children's potential and creativity, we regard it as our responsibilities. Children's unfettered thoughts and activities are unlimited, so we are able to say they are genius. To help their talents flower effectively, people said that primitive and manual toys are better to use. Attendants are able to create artistic and innovative toys by using wood, paper, texture, steel or any other materials. Please enjoy your free ideas and methods.
We are fascinated by the new, the outstanding, the endearing. Curiosity arouses our senses and brings Art Culture to life. As the saying goes, "each to their own", but in each person's preferences (suki na koto) we see the essence of that person's being. "Suki" in Japanese is many words, pronounced the same, but written with many different Chinese characters and with a host of different meanings. Making paper (kami o suki), ploughing the fields (tochi o suki), brushing hair (kami o suki), peeking through a gap (hedate o suki)...People in Japan experience and become close to the various meanings of "suki" during the course of daily life. With combs, hoes, and fences, the dishevelled is put straight, things we do not need are gotten rid of, and the way is cleared: this is suki.
Innovation can thrive through this spirit of cleansing and clearing, and within the created space (suki), free thinking is stimulated in the minds of many individuals. Japan's culture of hospitality also has developed with people's will to respect others' beliefs and opinions, and their willingness on occasion to open up (suki o ataeru) and let others in.
Kobe is the city of style where a multitude of artistic forms of expression and values bloom. Come and encounter "suki" at KOBE Biennale 2015.
Exhibition period／Exhibition site
September 19 (Saturday) through November 23 (Monday), 2015 (66 days)
Meriken Park(Inside the event tent(s))
April 13 (Monday) to no later than April 22 (Wednesday), 2015
All nationalities, ages, individuals or groups are eligible.
Works must be original and never been presented elsewhere before.
However, works whose presentation has been limited to applicants' personal websites are still eligible.
Prizes and cash awards
|Kobe Biennale Grand Prize||a trophy, diploma (certificate) and cash award of ￥1,000,000|
|Second Prize||diploma (certificate) and cash award of ￥200,000|
|Honorable mentions (about 10)||diploma (certificate) and cash award of ￥30,000 for each winner|
- The above prizes do not involve purchasing the works.
- First and second prize winners will be selected from the finalists.
- The cash awards are inclusive of consumption taxes. Each Grand Prize and the Second Prize is the total sum of winning prize. (Withholding income tax will be deducted. Winners who reside outside Japan may be able to apply tax treaties between Japan and their countries of residence.)
- Should the display of winning works become impossible due to circumstances for which the applicant is responsible, the cash awards shall be returned immediately.
Screenings・Jury members・Judging fee
1st screening: Mid May 2015
※About 10 selected works will be announced.
2nd screening: after September 14 (Monday), 2015
※KOBE Biennale Grand Prize, Second, determined.
※Screening results will be sent by post to all entrants, and will be published on the official website.
|WAKU Yozo||Curator, Dougukan; President, Waku Method Promotion Association|
|NAKATSUJI Etsuko||Painter, picture book author|
|TANIUCHI Shinnosuke||Professor,Department of Design,Fukui University of Technology|
|OOMORI Masao||Professor, Graduate School of Kyoto Saga University of Arts|
|YOSHIDA Hiromi||General Producer, KOBE Biennale 2015|
￥10,000 (including consumption tax) per work is required, to be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
From the second product, it will cost \5,000
|Credit Card Transaction|
|Bank wire transfer||
Bank Name: Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (Bank Code: 0009)
Branch Name: Kobe Shiyakusyo Sub-Branch (Branch Code: 598)
Account Number: 3124754
Account Name: kobe biennale committee
SWIFT Code: SMBC JP JT
- Once the fee is paid, it is not refundable for any reason.
- Enter "5" before your name when making the remittance.
- All bank charges shall be paid by the applicants.
- Please inform your transaction ID (in case you paid by credit [PayPal]), or bank transaction number (if you made a bank transfer), by writing in [Information of judging fee] on the application form.
Please submit the following documents by the due date.
If you submit more than one work, an application form and concept sheet is needed for each work.
Please comply with the sizes (horizontal and vertical dimensions) of the documents and number of pages.
Please read consent documents carefully and confirm their content.
Please fill out all items on the application form.
Concept sheets 1, 2 (A4 horizontal)
Please describe the concept, how to do the maintenance of the work, with four (4) photographs.
■Voluntarily submitted documents
Applicants are allowed to submit images of his/her past works (on a single sheet of A4 horizontal paper).
Do not include text that can be used to identify applicants.
Do not place submitting materials on presentation boards.
■How to apply
※We recommend you apply by e-mail
Please e-mail required documents (application form, concept sheets) and voluntary submitted materials as attachments.
|Postal (surface) mail||Please send the required and voluntarily materials to the following postal address.
Only printed materials. (Pasting on presentation boards is prohibited.) No electronic data materials (CD-Rs, DVDs, etc.) please.
Submitted materials (application forms, concept sheets, images of past works) may be used for project promotion (pamphlets, Websites, etc) free of charge.
Submitted materials come under the jurisdiction of the organizer and may not be returned.
Creative Toys International Competition
c/o The Organizing Committee for Kobe Biennale
Kobe City Hall No. 1 Building, 17F,
6-5-1 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570