EXHIBITION: Access + Ability in the Arts, Design & Technology



Until Friday 3 December
Open 10am - 5pm weekdays
Closed weekends

With Japan hosting the Paralympic Games this year, the world’s attention has been on disability. The exhibition Access + Ability in the Arts, Design & Technology highlights the people, programmes and products that change the way we think about access for all in the arts and in everyday life.

Featured in the exhibition are British arts organisations Extant, Graeae Theatre Company and Intoart and their recent interactions with Japan and collaborations with Japanese artists.

Graeae Theatre Company, Extant

Ceramicist IWAMOTO Ikuko and architect YAMANAKA Akira, both based in the UK, show the importance of incorporating a broad-minded approach to design by explaining how their work has become more inclusive.


In a special project with the Japanese Gallery Kensington to show the possibilities of reformatted art, UCL Mechanical Engineering has transformed a woodblock print by artist KANEKO Kunio into 3D art.
Visitors to the exhibition will also see how craftsman MIYABO Katsuyuki and inventor MIYAKE Seiichi have helped to improve the lives of disabled people.

KANEKO Kunio, Intoart, MIYABO Katsuyuki

Booking Details

Visitors to the Embassy are required to book their visit in advance here. Tickets are free.


For details on wheelchair access to the Embassy building, please phone 020 7465 6589 or email exhibition@ld.mofa.go.jp.

Covid-19 Guidance for visiting Exhibitions at the Embassy

We will be continuing to operate our exhibition space to a limited capacity, and we would like to ask all guests to kindly note our guidelines for visitors before attending.

Guidelines for visitors
  • If you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, we kindly ask you to delay your visit to the Embassy of Japan until it is safe to do so.
  • We ask all visitors to ‘check in’ on the official NHS Test and Trace app on arrival
  • Please use the hand sanitizer on arrival
  • Whilst inside the Embassy building, visitors are asked to wear face coverings unless they are exempt from doing so
  • Walk-ins will be welcome subject to venue capacity, so we advise booking your visit in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Please note that the toilets are not accessible during this period