Art & Design

Exploring Japanese Art in Norwich

16 to 17 Februay 2017, Norwich

(a) 9.45am London Liverpool Street, to travel together to Norwich, or


(b) by 1.50 pm, assemble at:

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ


Norwich is one of the cultural capitals of the UK, and as the home to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures boasts a thriving programme of Japan-related events. We are delighted to be organising a special visit to coincide with the Masters of Japanese Photography exhibition at SISJAC’s sister organisation, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, while also giving members the chance to see behind-the-scenes at SISJAC itself.


Masters of Japanese Photography explores the work of three of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the 20th century: Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada. It features 65 prints drawn from the artists’ studios as well as from private collections. Dating between the 1960s and the early 2000s, the images represent a survey of recurring themes, ranging from the depiction of the human body to the enduring presence of nature.


We will join the SISJAC monthly Third Thursday lecture in which Tetsuei Tsuda of the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties will be speaking on Nise-e, or Japanese ‘likeness’ pictures. After staying overnight in Norwich, participants will visit SISJAC on Friday morning, when librarian Akira Hirano will introduce some of the treasures of the collection. The Lisa Sainsbury Library holds books, journals, exhibition catalogues, slides, prints, maps and other materials relating to all aspects of Japanese arts and cultures.


Provisional Programme


Thursday 16 February

10.00am depart London Liverpool Street*
12.45pm Lunch at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
2.00pm Tour of Masters of Japanese Photography Exhibition, led by curator Monserrat Pis Marcos, followed by time to explore other parts of the collection.
4.00pm Free time. Travel to central Norwich, check in at hotel if staying overnight. Visit Norwich Cathedral (closes 6pm).
6.00pm SISJAC Third Thursday Lecture by Tetsuei Tsuda. Norwich Cathedral Hostry
8.00pm Post-lecture dinner with SISJAC


Friday 17 February

10.00am Visit to SISJAC. Introduction to treasures of the Lisa Sainsbury Library by Akira Hirano.


* Participants may travel from London as a group, or independently, meeting at SCVA in time for the tour. We can provide suggestions for hotels/B&B, but individuals should arrange their own overnight accommodation. Entry to SCVA is priced at £7/£6 concessions (Half price with Art Fund Card).


On receipt of bookings for this event, we will send a detailed itinerary and confirm which elements of the visit you would like to participate in.


To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.

16 to 17 February 2017

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Tel: 020 3075 1996


The Japan Society, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts