Dates August 6 (Sun.) – October 1 (Sun.)
Hours 9:00 – 19:00
Closed Mon., Sep. 19 (Tue.) *open on Sep. 18 (Mon., national holiday)
Venue Shiryokan (Former Sapporo Court of Appeals) (Odori Nishi 13-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo)

The Shiryokan (Former Sapporo Court of Appeals) will be open to the public as a place where all participants can consider, share and take part in activities related to the theme of SIAF2017, “How do we define ‘Art Festival’?” It will be used for workshops, exhibitions and participatory programs, and as a place for interaction among artistic and cultural activity groups, artists, researchers and local residents. This project also aims to make the Shiryokan a medium to promote the future of Sapporo by collecting information from SIAF’s independent, related and collaborative projects and various activities during and before the festival. During the festival, an information center, a café and a volunteer center will be also established in the Shiryokan, which will act as a base for the art festival.


Venue Backyard of the Shiryokan
Hours TBD
Guests SIAF Lab planning members, TANOTAIGA, others

A participatory project produced by SIAF Lab, which has continuously worked on planning of the art festival since 2015. With the aim of creating a camp site in the Shiryokan’s backyard, study sessions and workshops will be held to overcome various issues, obstacles and restrictions. These efforts will be open to the public, and all participants will consider what a public space mean from their personal perspectives and work to realize their ideas.


Venue Shiryokan 2F
Hours 10:00 – 18:00

As an information hub, Sakana Tsushin (the editorial office and broadcast station of SIAF) provides timely information on various projects and events to be held during the festival through periodical printed letters (the information is collected and edited by members of the SIAF editorial office and volunteer staff members). Social media (Ustream, Facebook and websites), mini-FM and other existing media are also used to create new media. The information accumulated through this project will be archived for future activities in Sapporo.

Art and Research Center

Venue Shiryokan 2F
Director Odai Mami (AIR director, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio)

With the hope of works being born from experiences in Hokkaido/Sapporo and the start of art projects, SIAF, which started in 2014, actively supports artists’ field surveys and creative activities in Hokkaido/Sapporo. In FY 2015, the Art and Research Workshop was held, in which participants planned and presented projects and works after engaging in research. SIAF has seen many artists participating in SIAF and the above-mentioned workshop, artists and researchers who have stayed in Tenjinyama Art Studio, the base of art-in-residence projects, and artists invited to other projects. Their research processes and various stories will be documented and open to the public to create a new common asset. This may become an inspiration for someone’s research activities and travels, and can be said to be an alternative art history of Sapporo. Talks, performances and other art programs as well as guided tours will be held during the festival to find such processes and stories. This will be an experimental project for research and reproduction.