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Exhibitions Abroad Support Programme

The Japan Foundation provides funding for Japan related exhibitions through our Exhibition Support Programme. This is designed to give financial assistance to organisers mounting exhibitions or introducing Japanese art and culture to the UK. The Japan Foundation accepts applications once a year only from museums/galleries or other relevant organisations. The next deadline will be on the 1 December 2015 for Japan-related projects taking place during the fiscal year from April 2016 to March 2017.

Please contact Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer for further information about this programme.

Please consult us about your eligibility before sending your application.

Our grant can be used to cover the following cost items:

  • packing and transportation of exhibits (excluding insurance)
  • airfare and lodging of the invited Japanese artists or specialists (excluding travelling costs for preliminary research and development purposes)
  • catalogue production

Local Project Support Programme

If you miss the deadline for the Exhibitions Abroad Support Programme or the expenses in question are not covered by the programme, please enquire about our Local Project Support Programme. Through the Local Project Support Programme, the Japan Foundation can also support visual arts related educational projects such as seminars, workshops, demonstrations and conferences. A limited fund of up to £1500 is available throughout the year.

Contact: Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer for further information, or please click here for more information about this programme.

Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

This programme has been extended and is now 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. Anyone who is interested in his programme should contact the London Language Centre before applying.

Exhibition Abroad Support Program 2015-2016

Grants will be awarded towards the following exhibitions:

Fog Sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya at Lumiere 2015
Applicant: Artichoke Trust

Takehisa Kosugi
Applicant: Ikon Gallery

Eastern Exchanges: Craft and Design in East Asia
Applicant: Manchester Art Gallery

Kawaii!!!? – the Japanese culture of cute?
Applicant: University of the Creative Arts


Previous Grant Recipients

Exhibition Abroad Support Program 2014-2015

Shinro Ohtake: Exhibition
Applicant: Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art

Botech Compositions, New Works by Macoto Murayama
Applicant: Metal Culture Ltd

Everything is Somehow Related (Group Show) Koki Tanaka
Applicant: Institute of Contemporary Arts

It’s a Wrap: Japanese Furoshiki
Applicant: Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Modern Japanese Sculpture
Applicant: Henry Moore Institute


Touring Exhibitions

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

Performing Arts

The Japan Foundation supports performing arts activities in the UK through the following grant programmes:

Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Programme for Europe

This annual grant programme is available to those UK and other European organisers who are planning Japan related performing arts projects in this country and other European countries.

There are two grant categories: Touring Grant and Collaboration Grant.

Our grant can be used to cover:

a) Expenses for invited Japanese artists/professionals:

  • International airfare (discounted economy class)
  • Travel costs within Europe
  • Lodging and Per Diems
  • Freight

b) Expenses for the Translator/Interpreter:

  • Translation and interpreting costs (between Japanese and European languages) related to the project

For the Touring Grant, the proposed project must tour at least two European locations, multiple venues in the same city are considered to be one location, and priority will be given to projects where the applicants can afford to cover some of the expense items that are included in the PAJ grant coverage.

For the Collaboration Grant, this programme will only fund the costs incurred during the development process of creating new works. Costs for the public presentation of a completed work, including its rehearsal, as a result of the collaboration, will not be covered by the Collaboration grant.

The next round of applications will be for projects that will be taking place between 1 April 2016 and 30 June 2017. The deadline for applications will be 30 October 2015.

For the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Programme for Europe guidelines, please click here and an application form, please contact Junko Takekawa.

Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists

This annual grant under this programme is given only to Japanese companies or individuals who wish to perform overseas. It is therefore not possible for British organisers to apply to this programme. British organisers, however, can suggest to the Japanese companies or individuals that they are inviting that the latter apply to our Head Office should funding for their airfares and/or freight costs be needed from the Japan Foundation.

Please consult with Junko Takekawa for advice and more information before initiating application procedures. Please note this application is available only in Japanese.

Local Project Support Programme

This is a small grant programme run by the Japan Foundation London Office. The British organisers can apply for funds for Japan related performing arts projects in the UK. Applications are accepted throughout the year but please make sure that you contact us at least three months before your project commences. For details, contact Junko Takekawa.

Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Programme for Europe 2015-2016 (UK Grant Recipients)

Touring Category

Shadow Play
Applicant: Shonorities

For a list of all Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Programme for Europe 2015-2016 grant recipients, please click here.

Previous Grant Recipients

Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Programme for Europe 2014-2015 (UK Grant Recipients)

Touring Category

Aomori, Aomori; Climate, Body and Soul
Applicant: Dance4

Collaboration Category

Applicant: National Theatre of Wales

For a list of all Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Programme for Europe 2014-2015 grant recipients, please click here.


New Grant Programme Launched

Grant Programme for Japanese Film Screening Projects in the UK Launched

Some financial assistance for those organisations in the UK who wish to screen Japanese films for not-for-profit purposes may be provided by the Japan Foundation through this new grant programme. For details about the programme please click here. Should you wish to apply for this programme, please contact Junko Takekawa for information and to obtain the application form.

Local Project Support Programme

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.


We offer funding for publishers towards the translation of major works from Japanese, or for the publication of books on Japan written in languages other than Japanese. For translations priority is given to titles on our “recommended list of works”. Fields covered include the humanities, social sciences and the arts but exclude the natural sciences. Publication must take place during the period of the next financial year following the normal deadline for applications at the end of November. The grant is a percentage of the translation fee or the direct publication costs. Applications for “translation and publication” are also acceptable.

For further details on both programmes and application forms contact Junko Takekawa.

Previous Grant Recipients

Thames River Press: Tales from a Mountain Cave, written by Hisashi Inoue, translated by Angus Turvill. A grant towards publication costs.

Reaktion Books: Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan by Timon Screech. A grant towards its publication costs

Other Cultural Activities

The Japan Foundation is also able to offer support for pre-eminent specialists of Japanese culture to travel abroad. If you would like to invite a Japanese cultural practitioner to the UK, it may be possible to gain funding from our Head Office in Japan through our Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists. Please contact Junko Takekawa for further assistance.