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Visual Arts

Exhibitions Abroad Support Programme

This programme is designed to financially support museums, galleries and other relevant organisations mounting exhibitions or introducing Japanese art and culture to the UK.

Grant Coverage (Part of the following expenses):

  • Packing and shipping costs of Japanese exhibits (excluding insurance costs)
  • Catalogue production costs (including digital catalogue costs)
  • Travelling costs for invited Japanese artists, curators, and specialists (excluding costs for preliminary research and development).

Eligible project period: Exhibitions that will open between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023
Application Deadline: 1 December 2021 (TBC)

Notification of Results: April 2022

The grant guidelines as well as application form will be available very soon.

For further information, and to discuss eligibility and the application procedure, please contact Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer.

Exhibition Abroad Support Programme 2021-2022

Grants will be awarded to the following exhibitions:

Reinvented Texture by Toshiki Hirano (London Design Biennale)
Applicant: Clare Farrow Studio

TOKYO: Art & Photography
Applicant: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford

Kyōsai’s Uninhibited Brush: The Israel Goldman Collection
Applicant: The Royal Academy of Arts

 

Previous Grant Recipients

Exhibition Abroad Support Programme 2020-2021

Grants will be awarded to the following exhibitions:

Jomonism and Manga Japanese Contemporary Art inspired by Prehistory
Applicant: Wiltshire Museum (Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society)

Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe
Applicant: Modern Art Oxford

 

Ishibashi Foundation / The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art

This program aims to support the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese visual art by providing an opportunity for curators and researchers from abroad to conduct research in Japan, and by so doing, promote the study of the field and the introduction of Japanese art overseas.

This fellowship is implemented by the Japan Foundation with generous funding from the Ishibashi Foundation.

For the details of the programme and eligibility criteria, please click here

For the application form, please contact Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer, Application deadline 1 December 2021 (TBC).

Notification of Results: April 2022

Ishibashi Foundation / The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art 2021-2022

N/A

 

Local Project Support Programme

This programme is designed to give limited grant assistance to non-profit making projects/events relating to Arts and Culture that help to promote a greater awareness of Japan in the UK (e.g. exhibitions, performing arts, seminars, workshops, and conferences), benefitting the wider general public. The content of the project/event must be wholly, or for the most part, related to Japan.

Grant Coverage:

  • Only specific items such as travel expenses, honoraria, venue hire costs, printing/publicity costs etc. which are deemed to be essential in order to carry out the project.

Successful applications may be granted up to £1,500. Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, we now accept applications for online projects.

Application Deadline: Rolling deadline (At least two months before the start of the project)

Please click here for further information about this programme.

For further information, and to discuss eligibility and the application procedure, please contact Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer.

Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

This programme is open to specialists working in museums and galleries e.g. curators, who require improvement of their Japanese language skills as part of their work.
Applicants must be under the age of 40. For more information, please click here.

Touring Exhibitions

For details about the availability of Japan Foundation Visual Arts Exhibitions, please click here.

Performing Arts

Since the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) grant programme’s inception in 2006, more than 160 projects have been funded in order to introduce Japanese performing arts to a wide range of audiences, as well as provide support for collaborations between Japanese and European artists.

After a successful fifteen years’ run of increasing the opportunities to experience Japanese performing arts overseas, the programme will be discontinued after the grants of the 2021-2022 fiscal year have been awarded.

Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists

This programme provides financial assistance to groups or individuals in Japan who have received invitations to engage in performances or other cultural activities in the UK, or to organisations and agencies arranging these activities.

It is therefore not possible for UK organisers to apply to this programme. UK organisers, however, can suggest to the Japanese companies or individuals that they are inviting that the latter apply to our Head Office for this grant.

Grant Coverage (Part of the following expenses):

  • International transportation costs
  • Freight costs

Please note, only applicants residing in Japan are eligible, and this application form is in Japanese.

For advice and more information about initiating application procedures, please consult Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer.

Film

Grant Programme for Japanese Film Screening Projects in the UK

This programme is designed to give financial support to UK film festivals or non-profit organisations that wish to screen a substantial number of Japanese films for non-profit purposes.

Grant Coverage (Part of the following expenses):

  • Film shipping costs
  • Travel expenses for Japanese directors or critics
  • Screening fees
  • Production costs for subtitling
  • Catalogue costs

Successful applications may be granted up to £1,500.

Application Deadline: Rolling deadline (At least two months before the start of the project)

Please click here for further information about this programme.

For further information, and to discuss eligibility and the application procedure, please contact Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer.

If you are planning to organise Japanese film related events in the UK, such as symposia, talks or workshops, which do not comprise of film screenings as the main element of the programme, it may be possible to apply for the Local Project Support Programme. For further information, please consult Junko Takekawa.

Publication

Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

This programme is designed to provide financial assistance for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish Japan-related books.

The original book written in Japanese must already be published, and both fiction and non-fiction (including the humanities, social sciences and the arts but excluding the natural sciences) titles are eligible.

Priority is given to translations of texts specified by the Foundation included in the list Worth Sharing - A Selection of Japanese Books Recommended for Translation which can be accessed by clicking here.

Grant Coverage (Part of the following expenses):

  • Translation fee
  • Publication and production costs (costs for paper, plate-making, printing, binding, etc. paid to printing companies, etc.)

Application Deadline: 20 November 2021 (TBC)
Notification of results: April 2022

This grant guidelines as well as application form will be available very soon.

For further information, and to discuss eligibility and the application procedure, please contact Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer.

Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan 2021-2022

Grants will be awarded to the following publication:

Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suzuki
Verso Books

Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda
Bitter Lemon Press


Previous Grant Recipients

Tilted Axis Press: Park Exit, written by Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles. A grant towards publication costs.

Verso Books: Marx: Towards the Centre of Possibility written by Kojin Karatani , translated by Gavin Walker. A grant towards translations costs.

Darf Publishers: The Little House, written by Kyoko Nakajima, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori. A grant towards translation costs.

Honford Star Ltd: Astral Season, Beastly Season, written by Tahi Saihate, translated by Almony Kalau. A grant towards publication costs.