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Embassy of Canada to Japan Prince Takamado Gallery - Expression of Interest – Programming 2021 - 2022

The Embassy of Canada to Japan invites Canadian and/or Japanese institutions to put forward expressions of interest for the programming of its Prince Takamado Gallery from mid-2021 to the end of 2022.   

Based in the centre of Tokyo, Canada’s diplomatic mission to Japan represents a number of interests across several areas, including advancing bilateral and multilateral political and trade relationships as well as cultural diplomacy. The Prince Takamado Gallery offers a programme of public exhibitions that reflects Canada’s values, excellence in creativity and our engagement in the world, while enhancing important policy objectives. The Gallery is looking to partner with institutions in Canada and Japan on projects which are aligned with Canada’s key international priorities.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Only those projects that meet the established criteria (see below) will be invited to prepare a more detailed proposal. All decisions at this stage of the selection process will be final.

While primarily focused on visual art, the Embassy encourages proposals that include mixed media, design, fashion, architecture, sculpture and wider cultural or creative industries. Submissions of curated exhibitions will be considered and proposals with institutional or commercial support from partners in Japan or Canada are preferred.

Due consideration must be given to the size of the gallery (approx. space 14.5m x 11.4 m, ceiling height 6.2 m) and how proposed exhibitions are able to best use the space.

While the transportation of the artwork to and from the Embassy as well as travel of artists/curators will not be the Embassy’s responsibility, we will provide technicians for the installation and dismantling of the exhibition. We may also produce publicity materials and host a modest networking gathering for the opening of each exhibition. All of this would be done within a budget set by the Embassy.

Please visit the link below to submit your proposal online and for further background (including a gallery plan, information and images from previous gallery programming and priority areas). The deadline for receiving expressions of interest is July 31, 2020 (6PM, JST). For inquiries, please contact


We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest.


Only proposals of curated exhibitions will be considered. If there is an institutional partner, it can be a public or private body and this includes museums as well as public and private galleries and collections.

Artists proposed must be Canadian. To the extent possible, other creative inputs should be also be Canadian.

Proposals must be engage with one or more of the following international priorities for the Government of Canada. Please indicate this with your proposal.

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Human Rights, including gender equality, women’s rights, LGBTI
  • Indigenous Reconciliation and Expression
  • Environment (Climate/Oceans)
  • Innovation

Proposals should consider dovetailing with major events, milestones, or themes.

Proposals will be judged on the artistic and institutional merit. They should have general appeal and engage the audience through a call to action, an exchange, or an interaction of some kind; this could include audiences leaving their mark or input upon the exhibit, signing a guestbook or taking a photo.

Proposals should be mindful that the Gallery space is an extension of the diplomatic mission’s work in Japan. Content must be suitable for display in a public space and suitable for all ages.

Embassy of Canada to Japan


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