YUKUHASHI BIENNALE 2023 Guidelines for Submitted Works


Yukuhashi is a medium-sized municipality with a population of 73,000 located in the northern part of the island of Kyushu. As a port town facing the Seto Inland Sea, it was in ancient times a cultural center at the crossroads between the Asian continent, Kyushu, and Nara, then the capital of the country. In early modern times, it flourished as a hub where powerful merchants gathered rice and other agricultural products for shipping to urban centers on the Honshu main island. With the growth of the industrial belt of northern Kyushu in modern and contemporary times, Yukuhashis role as a commercial center gradually diminished and it has increasingly become a residential satellite of adjacent industrialized areas. 


Five centuries of commerce and accumulated wealth fostered a rich culture in Yukuhashi. It is, for example, the only place in the country where the tradition of shato renga, or linked verse composed as an offering to the deities, has been preserved. But today fewer people pass down the customs and practices of traditional culture.


This will be the fourth Yukuhashi Biennale international sculpture competition since the launch of the citys resolve begun in 2015 to revive the cultural vigor for which Yukuhashi was known. The Yukuhashi Biennale 2023 invites for submission to the competition bronze figurative sculptures of historical figures who embody knowledge and intellect and whose image is suitable to be installed in public space. The sculptures should be such that they can be appreciated by anyone of any era. Artists from anywhere in the world are eligible and the prize-winning sculptures will be installed in public spaces within the city. The subject of the sculptures may be a person of anywhere in the world who has contributed to the advancement of world culture. 


One feature of the Yukuhashi Biennale is that submissions to the competition are limited to figurative sculpture. Today, when the boundaries of the sculptural arts have vastly expanded, we aspire to focus once again on sculpture of the human figure with its long tradition going back through human history, especially since Greek and Roman times. We also welcome innovative work that will renew and update the definition of figurative sculpture.


Through this project Yukuhashi aims to become a city known for culture and creativity. We hope many artists will take up the challenge of this competition.




Guidelines for Submitted Works


Awards and Prizes

Grand Prize (1) JPY10,000,000

The Grand Prize will not be awarded if no work is deemed worthy of the prize.

Artists must bear all production costs. The ownership rights to the completed artwork will be revert to the City of Yukuhashi.


Citizens Award (1) JPY200,000

The winner will be decided by the citizens of Yukuhashi City by popular vote.


Childrens Grand Prize (1) Trophy

The winner will be chosen by the vote of Yukuhashi elementary and junior high school students.


Award for Excellence (5) JPY100,000

All artists who have successfully completed the first-round review are qualified to win this award. The ownership rights to the maquettes submitted to the competition and of the head will be transferred to Yukuhashi City.



A historical figure who embodies knowledge and intellect and whose image is suitable to be installed in public space.


Application Period

December 1, 2021March 31, 2022


Applicant Eligibility

All individuals or artistic groups (regardless of age or nationality) are eligible.

In principle, the Grand Prize winner must be able to attend the awards ceremony in person in Yukuhashi (tentatively March 2023). 

Applications must be submitted as individual or as group. Each individual or group may submit one entry only. Works submitted for entry should be those not previously shown.



All entries must be figurative sculptures.

The completed sculpture is to be made in bronze.

The size of the completed sculpture should be life-size.

Details regarding the size of the pedestal will be decided following the prize screening.


Application Procedure

Applicants should fill in the application form and send the digital photographic data of the maquettes of the entire sculpture and the head in accordance with the specifications below.


The dimensions of the maquette, in the case of a standing figure, should be within H 55 cm, W 30 cm, and D 30 cm. In the case of a sitting figure, the height of the statue together with its pedestal should be within 55 cm.

The head should be submitted in actual completed size, at dimensions within H 55 cm (including pedestal), W 30 cm, and D 30cm. 

(1) When submitting data as photographs 

10 photos are needed for both maquettes of the entire sculpture and the head. Photos should be taken from all angles and saved as JPEGs in CD-R or DVD-R discs for submission. The pixel count should be around 5,000,000 at 300 dpi (105 mm x 148 mm). The maximum size of the file should be 7 MB.

(2) When submitting data in video format

A video of the maquettes of the entirety and the head, of one minute respectively, should be submitted. The video should be taken from all angles. The file should be saved on a CD-R or DVD-R disc (wmv, avi, mpeg4, or flv format). Furthermore, 5 photos of the front and both sides, either printed on paper or as digital data, are required.


Please attach a copy of a document showing proof of payment of application fee.

Applicants are welcome to submit materials that explain their works (plan drawings, CGs, sketches, etc.)

Please note that all digital data, including photos, videos, and explanatory materials, will not be returned.


Application Fee 

Artists in Japan must pay an application fee of JPY5,000.

Artists based outside Japan are not required to pay this fee.

The application fee is non-refundable.

Bank handling charges should be paid by the applicant.


Bank Account Details: 

Bank: Fukuoka Bank, Yukuhashi Branch

Bank code 0177, branch number 451

Account: 2600508 (savings account) 

Name of Account: Executive Committee of International Figurative Sculpture Artwork Recruitment of Yukuhashi


Screening Process

First-Round Screening

The first-round screening will be held in May 2022. The committee will review the entries on the basis of the application documents, photographs, videos, and supplementary documents.

●Up to five works will be selected on the basis of the whole work or head maquette photographs and videos as winners of the Award for Excellence.

●The results will be announced on the Yukuhashi website. 


Second-Round Screening

The second-round review will be held in July 2022. The Committee will examine the maquette or the head of the works. 

●The Grand Prize award will be decided based on the maquettes of the whole and the head.

●Please use durable materials, such as resin or plaster, to create both maquettes.

●Citizens of Yukuhashi will vote to select the winner of the Citizens Award.

●Elementary and junior high school students of Yukuhashi will vote to select the winner of the Childrens Grand Prize.

●The winners will be notified of the results and the winners announced on the Yukuhashi website.

The awards ceremony will be held in March 2023 in Yukuhashi. The winning sculptures should be delivered to the executive committee by the end of February 2023.


Shipping of Works

Prizewinners are obliged to pay for all expenses of transporting their artwork, including packing charges. Artists should insure their works for transportation and display.


Judging Committee 

●Masahiro Ushiroshoji (Art Historian; President, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art)

●Toshiro Mineta (Sculptor; Professor Emeritus, Joetsu University of Education)

Shigeyoshi Suzuki (Editor; former Art Editor at Kodansha International Ltd.)

 Koji Tanada (Sculptor)

 Mayor of the City of Yukuhashi 


Special Judge 

●Nobuyuki Okumura (the winner of the 2017 Yukuhashi Sculpture Competition)



Sculptures susceptible to damage during transport, and works that may damage or deface other works are not eligible for entry.

●Sculptures of prizewinners are as a rule not returned.

●All award winners must acknowledge that they have given authorization to the executive committee to show their artworks for the purpose of public exhibition and display. They thereby also agree to the reproduction of their works for art catalogs, promotional and advertising materials, as well as on the municipal website.

●Applicants are responsible for handling all problems of their works relating copyright.

●Prizes will be unconditionally cancelled if the sculptures are discovered to be plagiarized, copied or created by persons other than the awarded artist.



Executive Committee of International Figurative Sculpture Artwork Recruitment of Yukuhashi1-9-3, Chuo, Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

Postal Code: 824-0005



Yukuhashi International Sculpture Competition Executive Committee



City of Yukuhashi, Yukuhashi Board of Education, Yukuhashi Culture Promotion Foundation



Shuji Tanaka (Professor, Oita University)



Council for the Study of Cultural Promotion Using Works of Art