"The Enormous Room" by Stopgap Dance Company, photographer Chris Parkes


15 June 2018

March 2018 Grants: funding for projects from algoraves to ozone studies

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The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation has published details of grants awarded to support UK-Japan projects in its latest funding round.

The Foundation will support Access Space, enabling Japan-based artists to travel to Sheffield and take part in an algorave, a flourishing dance music scene where artists live-code music and visuals.  Two researchers from the University of Glasgow will travel to Jichi Medical University, Tochigi, Japan, to collaborate on the development of a new system that uses phage-inducible chromosomal islands to identify the presence of pathogens and resistance to certain antibiotics.  Adopt a Potter will use a grant to fund students and staff from Clay College Stoke to travel to Mashiko, where they will learn about Japanese ceramics techniques through workshops and meeting potters.  Academics will travel between University of Cambridge and the Kyoto Institute of Technology to investigate new ways of using technology to enhance language learning.

Daiwa Foundation Awards are for large-scale collaborations between British and Japanese institutions.  Five artists from Stopgap Dance Company, which makes productions with disabled and non-disabled dancers to challenge negative perceptions of disability, will travel to Japan.  The artists will deliver workshops and performances in preparation for the cultural programme surrounding the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Academics from Lancaster, York and Edge Hill Universities will travel to Kyoto University to participate in a workshop on executive function and joint cognition, bringing together complementary research.  The Foundation will also support academics from Birmingham University who will travel to Waseda University to test two Total Ozone Reactivity prototypes, which are an innovative way of studying ozone.

A complete list of projects supported in the latest funding round, with amounts granted, can be seen at the Foundation’s website:  http://www.dajf.org.uk/grants-awards-prizes/recently-funded

Heavy Lifting (Lucy Cheesman) performing at an Algorave in Access Space, Sheffield; Photo Credit: MindAperture 

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