Collaborative workshop to further Ocean Sunfish research - supported by a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant.
Posted on 23 February 2015, under Grants
In the September 2014 funding round, a Daiwa Foundation 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.
Opening for an International Sales Assistant - Japanese business - with DK International Publishing and Licensing
Posted on 23 February 2015, under Other News
DK International Publishing & Licensing are seeking a confident and enthusiastic Sales Assistant with proven communication skills, both on the telephone and face-to-face, to work in our Tokyo office. The Assistant will provide administrative support to Sales Managers within the Japan team. Apply by 6 March 2015.
'Sound and Vision' at LGLondon - curated by Jonathan Watkins and featuring work by Yukio Fujimoto and David Cunningham
Posted on 23 February 2015, under Art & Exhibitions
This exhibition, curated by Jonathan Watkins, Director of the Ikon gallery in Birmingham, focuses on the nature of human perception. The circumscription of our aural and visual experience – simply, through the way our bodies work – is played on by David Cunningham (b. Ireland, 1954) and Yukio Fujimoto (b. Japan 1950) in order to achieve compelling artistic outcomes. They make the most of the truism that we only hear what we can hear, and see what we can see. This is the first time Cunningham and Fujimoto, both equally acclaimed and influential internationally, have exhibited together.
Posted on 19 February 2015, under Scholarships
Natasha Pulley is one of the six 2013 Daiwa Scholars. She will be finishing the Scholarship at the end of March 2015. Natasha read English at the University of Oxford and in 2012 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She has a long-standing interest in Japan and in Japanese literature, and has recently completed her first novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. It will be published on 1 May 2015.
Together with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, former Daiwa Scholar Dr Chris Harding is setting up a ‘Japan Research Network Edinburgh’. The Network’s aim is to bring together scholars working on any area of Japan – staff, researchers, and graduate students alike – via a website (JRNE.org ) where they can search for one another via name, institution, and research interests. They will also hold seminars in Edinburgh a few times per year. Their first will be given by Angus Lockyer, on 12th March 2015. Though they are particularly keen to get colleagues in Scotland and the north of England talking to and meeting one another, they would very much like to extend the invitation to scholars across the UK.
'Fog invites people' - Fujiko Nakaya, 'Fog Bridge' artist, was in conversation at Tate Modern on 17 February 2015
Over a career spanning 40 years, Fujiko Nakaya has pioneered the use of water vapour as a sculptural media. Nakaya has fabulous English, so it was not surprising to hear that she had gone to school in Chicago. Later on she returned to New York to study. In her entertaining talk at Tate Modern yesterday, 17 February 2015, she gave an overview of her work and also engaged in a question and answer session. She is effortlessly charming and humorous.
Former Daiwa Scholar, Guy Mayman is taking part in DATAMOSH at Oriel Wrecsam until 21 March 2015. DATAMOSH came about when artists Paul R Jones and Guy Mayman discovered a large archive of 35mm slides, audio cassettes and A4 booklets earmarked for destruction at the Art School where they were working. This material was no longer wanted because of a perception that it had been rendered obsolete by the digital hardware and Wi-Fi access ubiquitous in the 21st Century.
Posted on 16 February 2015, under Other News
Native Voice Films are delighted to announce that their latest feature documentary Love Hotel will be broadcast on BBC4 at 10pm on Monday 16th February and then on iPlayer.
Former Daiwa Scholar Edmund de Waal has transformed Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery with his new work, Atmosphere. The work, overlooking the North Sea, has been created in response to the changing landscape and clouds viewed from the gallery and the architecture of the space. Vessels are suspended in the gallery, capturing the changing light.
Edmund de Waal featured in 'Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector' at the Barbican Centre until 25 May
As part of the Barbican’s major new exhibition on artists as collectors (Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector), former Daiwa Scholar, Edmund de Waal is showing the first collection he ever made as a child, containing shells, fossils and architectural fragments, alongside sixty-five Japanese netsuke from the collection given to him by his Uncle Iggie. To draw these historical collections together, Edmund is also exhibiting a work he made in 2011, from the collection of a private man, a biographical work of fifty-seven porcelain vessels held within a vitrine. All three collections will be on public view for the first time. The show is on until 25 May 2015.