Miyamoto Saburo Award for Original Sketch - Application Guidelines

Competition
Objective
Komatsu Biennale 2019: 5th Miyamoto Saburo Award for Original Sketch “Pioneering New Expressions”


The forms derived from pen strokes can express the artists’ thoughts and beliefs, while revealing a broad range of unique possibilities. Miyamoto Saburo, a master of sketching, once said “Even a mere sheet of paper and the humble stick of charcoal is more than enough to begin successfully capturing the essence of a subject.” Whether through sketch or otherwise, this competition arose as a way to seek rich artistic expressions. We seek to push the limits of expression from the very first stroke; discovering new techniques and creativity, carving the path towards the future.
Entry Fee
JPY 6000 (for up to 2 pieces)
Please sent your payment to the following bank account

Japan Post Bank, Account Number: 00730-4-74383
Account Holder: Miyamoto Saburo Art Museum (komatsu shiritsu miyamoto saburo bijutsukan)

※Payments are non-refundable
※Payment Deadline: Jun 28th 2019 (Fri)
※Bank transfer fees to be borne by applicant
Screening Panel
Akira Minagawa (Designer)
Kumi Machida (Artist)
Motohiro Kozawa (Artist and professor at Saitama University)
Ryoji Arai (Picture book author and illustrator)
Yoshiya Hashimoto (Head curator, Setagaya Art Museum)
(Alphabetical Order)
Result Notification
Applicants will be notified via post around early August.
Application Timeline: Application Period

Application Period
Apr 1st 2019 (Mon) – Jun 28th 2019 (Fri) (By 4:00 pm on the last day)
Fill in both pages of the application form.Attach the proof of payment of the entry fee.
Submit application form.

Delivery of Pieces
Jul 4th 2019 (Thu) –Jul 6th 2019 (Sat) (By 4:00 pm on the lastday)
Please attach entry form label on the back side of the pieces, at the upper right hand corner.

Results Announcement
All applicants will be informed in early August.

Exhibit
[Komatsu] Sept 28th 2019 (Sat) – Dec 15st 2019 (Sun)
[Tokyo] Jan 25th 2020 (Sat) – Mar 15th 2020 (Sun) (Tentative Schedule)

Awards ceremony
  Sept 28th 2019 (Sat)

Return of Pieces
Return of Pieces As required.

Entry Process
( 1 ) Entry Form
1. All submissions are to use the official attachments included in the entry form.
2. Please include a copy of the entry fee payment receipt when posting your entry form. Ensure all the required documents and pieces reach our office before the deadline.
3. On the second page of the form, under the “What is Dessin (Sketch) or Drawing to Me?” section, please summarize the meaning of your entry and your personal opinion on the topic in 250 words in English or 400 characters in Japanese. Do note that it may be used by the museum and screening panel.


Send your applications to: 
Miyamoto Saburo Biennale Award for Original Sketch - Executive Committee
(Miyamoto Saburo Art Museum)
5 Konmade-machi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Pref.
Japan 923-0904
4. Paste entry form label on the back, upper right corner of the entry. We will use it to indicate the correct orientation of the piece.
5. The entries and/or their names cannot be changed after submission

(2) Delivery of Entries
1. The applicant is responsible for all expenses incurred in transporting the entries.
2. Entries are to be sent via the designated transport company indicated below. (Entries can be personally delivered to the transport company but not the museum)
3. Packaging materials will be reused when returning applicants’ entries. Please use materials that can be reused.

(3) Entry Returns
1. Regardless of whether an entry is granted an award, the costs of delivery returns are to be paid by Cash on Delivery (COD)
2. Once the screening is completed, all entries excluding the awarded ones will be returned to their artists in August by the designated transport company.
3. Awarded entries will be returned after the exhibition by March 2020 (tentative date) by the designated transport company.

Designated Transport Company
Impress Corporation, Fine Arts Department, Original Sketch Award IC
4-117 Oshino, Nonoichi City, Ishikawa Pref.
Japan 921-8802
TEL:076-248-5353
Application Period
Apr 1st 2019 (Mon) to Jun 28th 2019 (Fri) (By 4:00 pm on the last day)
Entry Submission Period
Jul 4th 2019 (Thu) to Jul 6th 2019 (Sat) (By 4:00 pm on the last day)
Take Note
1. While utmost care will be taken during the transport and movement of the entries, we will not held responsible for any damage or loss in transit. Applicants are responsible for applying for shipping insurance for their entries.
2. The cash award for the Grand Prize, Miyamoto Saburo Memorial Award, and Merit Awards will be considered as payment for the acquisition of the entries. The works will be considered the property of Komatsu City.
3. The competition organizers have the right to use photographs of the selected and awarded works, and use the contents of the application during the exhibition, publicity or publishing works.
4. In line with the Privacy Information Protection Law, the personal information of the applicants will only be used in matters in relation to this competition and exhibition.
5. We cannot respond to inquiries into the screening process.

Designated Transport Company
Impress Corporation, Fine Arts Department, Original Sketch Award IC
4-117 Oshino, Nonoichi City, Ishikawa Pref.

Japan 921-8802
TEL:076-248-5353
Entry Restrictions
Open to all. All entrants, regardless of age, nationality or experience are accepted.
Theme
No restrictions on theme (Both figurative and abstract art will be accepted. Regardless of the source of inspiration, whether it be art, literature, music, architecture etc., we welcomes all forms of expression that can be conveyed through the humble sketch. )
Entry Rules
Submitted works must be original and created within the last 3 years.
Works that have won other competitions or have been previously displayed in public exhibitions will not be accepted.
Size
Dimensions: No larger than 1280mm x 1280mm x 100mm (WxHxD) (Including frames)
Weight: Below 20kg (Including frames)
Form
Entries must be able to be displayed on a flat wall.
※Entries must be of an appropriate form and durability for public exhibition
※All entries must come with their own frame hangers that can sustain the piece’s weight.
Number of Entries
Maximum of 2 per artist (group submissions are not accepted)
Take Note
Entries containing hazardous or perishable materials will not be accepted.
Entries cannot infringe third person copyright.
※All entries found to have violated copyright will be withdrawn from the competition with immediate effect, and have its award (if any) revoked.
※Please contact our office if you are sending pieces in from outside Japan.
Prize
Recipients Monetary Award
Grand Prize 1 \ 1,000,000
Miyamoto Saburo Memorial Award 1 \ 500,000
Merit Award 2 \ 300,000
Honorable Mentions 4 \ 100,000
*Currency are all in Japanese yen, unless otherwise stated.
Sponsors may offer additional prizes not listed above.
Result Notification
Applicants will be notified via post around early August.
Awards Ceremony
Scheduled for Sept 28th 2019 (Sat) afternoon.
Venue: Komatsu Civic Gallery “Reflet” (Komatsu City Museum, 1F)
19-Banchi Marunouchikoen-machi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Pref.
Japan 923-0903
Tel: 0761-22-0714
Exhibition Dates
Komatsu
Period: From Sept 28th 2019 (Sat) to Dec 15st 2019 (Sun)
Venue: Miyamoto Saburo Art Museum

Tokyo
Period: From Jan 25th 2020 (Sat) to Mar 15th 2020 (Sun)
Venue: Setagaya Art Museum – Miyamoto Saburo Museum Special Annex
5-38-13 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo .Japan 158-0083

Contact Information

Miyamoto Saburo Biennale Award for Original Sketch - Executive Committee (Miyamoto Saburo Art Museum)
5 Konmade-machi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Pref. Japan 923-0904