[OPEN CALL] Kaleidoscope Japan: An Online Exhibition

The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) is calling for applications to Kaleidoscope Japan, an online exhibition happening in March 2022, for established and emerging artists alike to experiment and make new work.

(Kaleidoscope Japan hopes to provide support for the continuation and production of works by artists, creators, collectives and groups during the public health crisis COVID-19).

All across the world, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our usual social places closed down. Yet, at the same time, we observed a rise in new and reimagined virtual social spaces. Even in times of uncertainty, or maybe because of the uncertainties, we are drawn to stay connected with others; to find the familiar or even new ways to help take it in.

Looking through a kaleidoscope allows us to see things only differently and presents a whole new imagery altogether. In other words, it can also bring in ever-changing and endless possibilities, so as long as you shake it up and hold it to the light.

2022 will mark the 65th year of the diplomatic relationship between Malaysia and Japan and the 40th year of the Look East Policy since it was implemented in 1982. How has our relationship changed or developed over the years? What took place, and what is still in the works? And as we move forward, what does our future hold?

Reflecting your personal encounters, memories, thoughts or hopes on Japan, or through a wider lens when it comes to the connection and relationship between the two countries, we hope to create a kaleidoscope with artworks of all forms in this exhibition and hope to keep being connected while we still cannot physically travel to each other freely.  

  • Beverly Yong & Rachel Ng (Rogue Art)  
  • June Tan (Producer, Five Arts Centre)
  • Ng Chor Guan (Co-founder, Toccata Studio)
  • Nur Hanim Khairuddin (General Manager, PORT Ipoh)
20 December 2021

20 December 2021 Application deadline
12 January 2022 Announcement of Selected Proposals
17 January to
17 February 2022
Production period 
19 March 2022 Launch of Website - Kaleidoscope Japan opens

  • Open to all artists and creatives based in Malaysia
  • Open to individual artists, creators, and art collectives/groups (registered or unregistered), referred to in the application process as "Artists"
  • Artworks include art in all forms such as visual arts, moving/static images, films, music, performing arts, literature and architecture.
Please submit the Application Form in full with required documents as stated in the Application Guideline to the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur via e-mail  to thejapanfoundationkl[at]gmail[dot]com by 20 December 2021, Monday

Applications can be submitted in Bahasa Malaysia or English. Applicants can submit only one proposal each.

Kindly download the following attachments:   CONTACT AND INQUIRIES  
Kaleidoscope Japan
The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
Cultural Affairs Department
18th Floor, Northpoint Block B, Mid-Valley City,
No. 1, Medan Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 2284 6228
FAX: 03 – 2287 5859
Email: thejapanfoundationkl[at]gmail[dot]com  

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