In their first visit to the UK, master woodcarvers and conservators Professor Yabuuchi Satoshi, Dr Kojima Hisanori and Lee Pin-Yi from Tokyo University of the Arts’ Sculpture Research Lab will be collaborating with the Art School’s own expert carvers and conservators on a number of events. The trio are specialists in the research, analysis, conservation and historic reconstruction of Buddhist carvings from the Nara to Edo periods. They work with Japan’s most important museums and Buddhist temples on conservation projects and new commissions. For this visit they will be bringing their tools and examples of their work, including Dr Kojima’s carving of the Miroku Bosatsu.
Events during their visit include:
Saturday 6 May, 11.00-15.30
London Craft Week presentation and demonstration at City & Guilds of London Art School
Free public event open to all; more details can be found here.
Monday 8 May, 13.30-17.00
Symposium at the Victoria & Albert Museum
with presentations considering the different philosophical, ethical and technical approaches to conservation in Japan and the UK through the exploration of specific case studies.
This is a free event with limited places that will be of interest to anyone working with or studying the conservation of cultural objects. To book a place please click here.
Wednesday 10 May, 15.00-18.00
Round Table discussion on the Status of Craft in Japan and the UK at City & Guilds of London Art School .
This is a free event with limited places available. Bookings can be made here.
Please note that all events will be recorded.
Supported by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation.