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John Virtue in conversation

Virtue in conversation

24 July / 6pm to 7.30pm

Artist John Virtue will be in conversation with with Paul Moorhouse, 20th Century Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, discussing his influences, connections to East Anglia and his new body of work: The Sea, currently on display at the Sainsbury Centre.

To book a place call the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on:  01603 593199

Carmen Blacker Lecture 2014

Carmen Blacker Lecture

Thursday 17 July 2014 6pm

Tsushima: Japan Viewed from the Margins – Archives, Books, Ginseng. Professor Peter Kornicki

Venue: Blackfriars' Hall, St Andrews Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU

About the Lecture

The Carmen Blacker Lecture Series honours the memory and scholarship of Carmen Blacker (1924-2009). Each year a senior scholar will lecture on a theme related to Japanese religion or folklore. The Norwich lecture is held in conjunction with the Third Thursday Lecture series.

Few Japanese or tourists ever visit Tsushima, the conjoined islands lying between Japan and Korea. This is a shame not only on account of its unspoiled natural beauties but also because of its intrinsic historical interest. Up to the end of the nineteenth century it served a crucial role as a conduit for goods, knowledge and information moving between Japan and Korea and in the early twentieth century it is famous as the site of the great naval battle of the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. This lecture is not being sponsored by the Tsushima Tourist Authority but Peter Kornicki will endeavour to convey something of the appeal of these rugged mountainous islands with their fjords and beautiful islets before exploring their historical significance. Tsushima may lie on the margins of Japan, but it had a fascinating role to play in the transmission of knowledge to Japan.

About the Speaker

Professor Peter Kornicki studied Japanese and Korean at Oxford and completed his doctorate in 1979. He taught for some years at the University of Tasmania in Australia and at Kyoto University, where he was the first foreigner to hold an associate professorship in eighty years. He moved to Cambridge in 1985 and is now Professor of Japanese and Deputy Warden of Robinson College. He received the Japan Foundation Special Prize in 1992 and the Yamagata Bantō Prize in 2013, and in 2000 he was elected a fellow of the British Academy. He has worked for many years on the history of the book in Japan and has published catalogues of old Japanese books in Cambridge, Moscow, Lille and other places as well The book in Japan: a cultural history from the beginnings to the nineteenth century (1998). Recently he has been working on the transformation of Chinese texts in Korea and Vietnam as well as Japan and has published a study of the impact of Korean books on Japan in the Edo period.


Admission free. All welcome.

The same lecture will be delivered in London on Monday 21 July 2014 at 6.45pm.

To book your seat, please contact Japan Society 020 3075 199 or email

The lectures are generously supported through a bequest from Carmen Blacker and executors of her estate. Co-organized by the Sainsbury Institute and the Japan Society.


SCVA shortlisted for Museum of the Year 2014

SCVA shortlisted for Museum of the Year 2014

SIfA's The Sainsbury Centre for Visual arts has been named on the Art Funds's shortlist for the Museum of the Year 2014.

The Art Fund has announced the six museums in the running for this year's £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year. Alongside Tate Britain, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Hayward Gallery and the Mary Rose Museum, the SCVA has been chosen to represent the very best achievements of museums across the UK. The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges. Chaired by Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar, the panel comprises Sally Bacon, Director of the Clore Duffield Foundation; the artist Michael Craig-Martin; Wim Pijbes, Drector of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; and Anna Somers Cocks, Chief Executive of the Art Newspaper.

The judges will visit each finalist in turn before choosing the winner of the prize, which will be announced on 9 July.

About the Prize (from the Art Fund Website)

"Museum of the Year identifies the finest museums in the UK and awards £100,000 to the very best. In doing this, the Prize champions what museums do, encourages more people to visit, and gets to the heart of what makes a truly outstanding museum. "

The Art Fund have also produced videos for all the finalists which can be viewed on Youtube:

External Links:

Museum of the Year Homepage


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