近年致力透过实践艺术与社会的的结合，从而探讨社区建设等课题。于 2000年策动「大地艺术祭 越后妻有艺术三年展」（凭此荣获第7届All right! NIPPON大奖-内阁总理大臣奖）、「水都大阪」（2009）、「新泻水和土艺术祭2009」及「濑户内国际艺术祭 2010、2013」（凭此荣获推动海洋立国有功者表彰）等。
北川积极参与及文化艺术的发展，屡创佳绩。于2003年荣获由法国政府所颁发的艺术文文化骑士勋章。另外，获得日本政府颁授的 2006年度艺术选奖文部省科学大臣奖（艺术振兴部门）、2007年度国际交流鼓励奖/文化艺术交流奖。2010年还获得香川县文化功绩奖及 2012年澳大利亚名誉军官勋章等。
北川策划的主要展览包括：奠定现时高迪风潮基础的「安东尼•高迪展」（1978-1979）、巡回日本全国 77所中小学的「给孩子的版画展」（1980-1982）、动员全国 194个地方，共 38万人参与，以反对种族隔离为主题的「向种族隔离说不！国际美术展」（1988-1990）等。
Following his graduation from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Kitagawa Fram organized various exhibitions that introduced to Japan works of art that at the time were not well known. He has been responsible for a wide range of art projects such as the 1978 Antoni Gaudi exhibition that traveled to 11 Japanese cities and the Apartheid Non! International Art Festival that was shown at 194 venues throughout Japan.
Kitagawa has received high praise for his involvement in activities relating to community development, such as his lead role in the planning of the Faret Tachikawa Art Project and the cultural activities he oversees at the Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, for which he was awarded the Mécénat Grand Prix.
He served as the general director of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012, and has made a major contribution to the development of the region through art. He has also served as the general director of the Setouchi Triennale since 2010.
He is the recipient of many awards, including the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Republic, the Order of Culture from the Republic of Poland, the 2006 Japanese Education Minister’s Award for Art (in the field of art promotion), and the Order of Australia: Honorary Member (AO) in the General Division (2012).