The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to announce the fourth Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, which offers a British artist a first solo show at a gallery in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, the winning artist is awarded a participation fee of £5,000, and a period of support and introductions to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world.

The triennial prize is open to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously had a solo exhibition in Japan. The judging panel will first select a shortlist of three artists whose works will be exhibited at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery, London in June 2015, during which time a winner is announced.

The previous Daiwa Foundation Art Prizes have been awarded to Marcus Coates in 2009, who had a solo exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo;  Haroon Mirza in 2012, whose solo show was held at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo in early 2013, and Oliver Beer who had a solo show with Aoyama | Meguro Gallery, Tokyo in 2015.


The Daiwa Foundation Art Prize is open to British artists resident in the UK who have neither had nor are planning a solo exhibition in Japan. The Prize is open to artists working in any medium including painting, photography, print, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, installation and moving image.

Artists entering must have work available for the shortlist exhibition in June 2018 and be available to travel to Japan in Autumn/Winter 2018.


June 2018:
An exhibition of the three selected shortlisted artists for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize will be held at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London NW1 4QP.

Autumn/Winter 2018:
The winning artist’s solo show will be held at the partner gallery, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.


The 2018 selection panel is:

Richard Cork, Art Critic
Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Sueo Mizuma, Mizuma Art Gallery, Director, Gallery, Tokyo
Julian Opie, Artist
Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


Artists applying for the prize are required to submit images or documentation of five recent works, in any medium (including painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, installation, video etc), a supporting CV and personal statement.

Applications are made online.


At the first stage, artists applying for the Prize are required to submit the following to Parker Harris: images of a maximum of five recent worksn (since 2015) in digital format (jpg, tiff or png max 500kb), an up to date supporting CV (maximum of one side of A4) and a personal statement outlining the developmental impact the Prize is likely to have upon your practice (maximum of 250 words) along with a completed entry form online.


Entry fee is £5 per artist.  Each artist may only make one application.


May, 2017Daiwa Foundation Art Prize is open for applications
2 October, 2017Deadline closes for online entries
23 October, 2017Artists notified of the results of their application
November, 2017Three artists are announced for shortlist exhibition
June, 2018Shortlisted artists’ exhibition at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery, London
Autumn/Winter 2018Winner’s exhibition at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

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