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Shun Ito, "Cosmic Birds", 2016

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In order to see the type and variety of projects that the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation fund, please take a look at the successful projects from previous rounds

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A selection of current & forthcoming events and activities supported by the Foundation


Some past activities supported by the Foundation

  • Robot exhibition at the Science Museum: 8 February to 3 September 2017, this blockbuster exhibition will explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human –
  • Tate St IvesThat Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today31 March to 3 September 2017
  • Follow the Thread at Gallery Oldham, 27 May to 8 July 2017: In 1865 three students came from Japan to Oldham to learn about industrialised textile production. The following year engineers from Platt Brothers travelled from Oldham to Japan to set up the first textile factory in the country. This exhibition showcases Crompton Primary School’s project using local history to make links with another country.
  • Barbican – The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 – the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design, 23 March 2017 – 25 June 2017.
  • Tenkō in Trans-war Japan: Politics, Culture and History. An International and Interdisciplinary workshop at Leeds University (30 June to 2 July 2017) focused on the cultural and political trope of tenkō (ideological conversion), which refers to leftists in the 1930s, but whose broader meanings capture tensions at the heart of Japanese trans-war modernity: between the state’s technologies of subjectivation and individual agency; between the abstractions of Marxist theory (and the cold instrumentalism of Western knowledge in general) and native epistemological presence; between an impoverished present and the plenitude of national myth.
  • Documenting Westerners in Nineteenth-Century China & Japan: New Sources and Perspectives:The symposium, held at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich,  examined the influence and contributions of Westerners in nineteenth-century East Asia, with a focus on how personal correspondences can serve as historical sources. The two-day gathering will explore two Nagasaki-based British merchants, William Alt and Frederick Ringer (a native of Norwich), as well as Charles Richardson, a Shanghai-based merchant killed near Yokohama in 1862, an event that led to an armed clash between Britain and the Satsuma domain the following year, 22 and 23 June 2017.
  • Goldsmiths, University of London’s London, Rio, Tokyo Olympics Symposium  explored the changes accompanying the 2012 London Olympics, the 2016 Rio Olympics and the preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 8 to 10 June 2017. The full programme can be found here.
  • Artist Amanda Chambers  participated in an Artist Residency Programme at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture and post-residency engagement outcomes with multiple collaborators, March 2017.  In June she was recognised as 1 of “Five2Watch Sculpture“:
  • In February 2017 Professor Hans Stofer, Head of the Jewellery and Metal Programme at the Royal College of Art, visited Japan with Professor Michael Rowe in order to meet cast iron/tetsubin practitioners  in Tokyo, Iwate and Kyoto and learn about the technique and its cultural relevance, for inclusion in presentations at academic conferences in the UK and taught as part of the RCA’s Jewellery & Metal Masters course, January 2017. 
  • The  City of  London Sinfonia tour to Japan from 9 to 14 March 2017 included concerts in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Yokohama, a series of projects in Tokyo with young children in schools and hospitals and older adults in care homes, and the release of a recording of Japanese songs: 
  • NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo performed Takemitsu’s haunting Requiem for strings alongside Mahler’s passionately melancholic Sixth Symphony on 6 March 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall (
  • Flora Japonica in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardensexhibition showcasing Japan’s native flora as depicted by eminent Japanese botanical artists. The exhibition will hold the work of several distinguished artists including botanist Dr Tomitoro Makino. September 2016 to March 2017
  • Travel to the UK by two Japanese contemporary dancers to collaborate with Nottingham dance artists, local community, university students and a choreographer on a new creation based on the Iwate Shishi-odori Deer Dance as part of the Nottdance Festival, March 2017.
  • Noh time like the present ...  – A tribute to Akira Matsui, 24-25 February 2017 at LSO St Luke’s from 7pm
  • Taiko Meantime’s UK November 2016 tour:
  • The first UK survey and major exhibition of Japanese new media artist Ryoichi Kurokawa at FACT, Liverpool,  10 March to 19 June 2016:,415EP,MD5PIY,EKVQP,1#grid-tab2
  • Noh Reimagined – The contemporary art of classical Japanese theatre at King’s Place on 13 and 14 May 2016:
  • A residency in Birmingham by Shun Ito, whose installation of kinetic sculptures, ‘Cells’ and associated talks and workshops were an integral part of the biennial International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB), 3-21 May 2016:
  • Koki Tanaka’s exhibitions in the UK. The exhibition at The Showroom in London opened on 28 April 2016 and ran until 18 June 2016; the exhibition at the Liverpool Biennial will run from 9 July – 16 October 2016.
  • Support for one Junior and one Senior Japanese competitor at this year’s Menuhin Competition in London, April 2016:
  • Travel to the UK by Tsuyoshi Anzai, winner of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary Award, whose work was exhibited in London from 17 March to 20 May 2016.
  • Travel by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) colleagues to the Watershed in Bristol to hold a two-day workshop for dancers, choreographers and coders to develop new choreography techniques using technology developed in Japan, which can deal with live motion data and interactive visualisation of movement, February 2016:
  • Japan Now, a day of talks on Japanese culture, literature and modernity at the British Library on Saturday, 27 February 2016.
  • The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation supported a visit to the UK by Misato Tomita to Guest Conduct with the English National Ballet Philharmonic for their autumn 2015 season, September to December 2015. You can see an interview with her via this link.
  • Ei Wada staged a first UK solo exhibition which formed the main focus of NEoN’s 2015 digital arts festival, exhibiting three new video installation works and participating in artist talks, 8-14 November 2015 in Dundee.
  • Izaku Taiko Odori (Prefectural Cultural Asset) from Kagoshima performed at Japan Matsuri in London (Saturday, 19 September), as well as in Oxford in order to raise awareness that 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Satsuma Students in the UK.
  • Archaeologist, Yumiko Nakanishi-Seino is conducting research into British ships wrecked off Okinawa in the late 19th century. She gave a talk at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on 29 September 2015: British Shipwrecks: Underwater Archaeology in Okinawa.
  • Lafcadio Hearn: Exhibition and Symposium – at Teikyo University of Japan in Durham / Ushaw College in September 2015.
  • The World of Girls’ Comics, an exhibition which formed part of the The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, Cumbria, 16-18 October 2015
  • Alternative Photography Scotland held the Actinic Festival, 26 June to 26 July 2015. This included an exhibition of work by Takashi Arai at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh from 12 to 31 July 2015.
  • Ikon Gallery in Birmingham held an exhibition of work by Takehisa Kosugi, 22 July to 27 September 2015. This was Kosugi’s first major solo exhibition in the UK. A pioneer of experimental music in Japan in the early 1960s, he is closely associated with the Fluxus movement and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Kosugi is one of the most influential artists of his generation.
  • FellSwoop Theatre performed Toshiki Okada’s Current Location in Brighton, Bristol and Edinburgh, May to June 2015.
  • Professor Jason Hall-Spencer visited Shimoda Marine Station in June 2015 to provide expert advice and collaborate on pioneering studies of ocean acidification and carbon dioxide seeps recently discovered off Shikine Island, using techniques developed at European volcanic vents.
  • A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture, an exhibition of Taisho and early Showa (1912-41) works  ran at the Henry Moore Institute from 28 January to 19 April 2015 and then at Musashino Art University, 26 May to 16 August 2015.
  • A Small Grant was awarded to academics from Queen’s University Belfast collaborating with the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo, to unravel the ecology of an understudied, globally distributed predator, the ocean sunfish. For updates on the project and more information on the ocean sunfish, you can follow @SunfishResearch or catch the regular blog updates at
  • Dr Alexander Weiss, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, has recently written below about his collaborative research into chimpanzees. He was awarded a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant in 2007. HIs article can be read here.
  • King’s College London, NIHR King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre UK-Japan Project, March 2011 onwards
  • HeadSpace’s Artistic Residencies in Japan
  • The British Association of Japanese Studies’ ‘Discover Japanese Studies’ website for those interested in pursuing Japanese Studies at university
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