In October 2012 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University (Tokyo) opened the first solo show of Tom de Freston’s work outside of the UK. The Museum flew Tom de Freston and Kiran Millwood Hargrave out to Japan to deliver a lecture to the 300 people about their ‘Scavengers’ project’. The exhibition was part of the Finding Shakespeare Festival and was curated by the head of research at the Museum, Dr. Ami Oki.

The Festival included the publication of a book. The book included an English and Japanese version of Sir Trevor Nunn’s essays on Tom de Freston’s paintings and Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s poems:

“I get exactly that feeling of bleak despair from Tom’s harrowing Lear paintings, powerful to encounter and difficult to live with.” Sir Trevor Nunn