University of East Anglia
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures is closely affiliated with the University of East Anglia (UEA) where it is part of the Sainsbury Institute for Art (SIfA). SIfA is comprised of the four Sainsbury beneficiaries, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and the School of World Art Studies and Museology, together offering a distinctive combination of expertise in the art and display of cultures from around the world and associated academic disciplines. The Institute also works closely with the University’s Centre for Japanese Studies. While the Institute is an independently registered charity, with its base in the Norwich Cathedral Close, the University’s Vice-Chancellor acts as Chair of the Institute’s Management Board and Institute staff are employed through the University.
Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury built up a superb collection of art over 60 years, including many fine Japanese works from the Jomon to the contemporary period. They donated their entire collection to UEA, and Norman Foster designed the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) to house it. to house it. The exquisite Sainsbury collections, while encompassing diverse items from distinct and separate cultures, can be seen to have a unified and integrated presence due to the vision of the collectors, and this vision continues to inspire and inform the Institute’s activities.
The Institute’s research strategy places renewed emphasis on the development of synergies among the Sainsbury beneficiaries, SIfA, at UEA. Our research initiatives provide for that and also offer unparalleled opportunities to enlarge the graduate base and international standing of related programmes at UEA. The Institute also provides colleagues at UEA with appropriate library resources, space for lectures, experts to work with specific projects and lectures, specialist teaching, postgraduate supervision in Japanese arts and opportunities for student internships.UEA’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, designed by Sir Norman Foster in 1978.
The British Museum is one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned university that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities. UEA is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world. It is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), is a public research university specialising in arts and humanities, languages, laws and social sciences relating to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and a constituent college of the University of London. SOAS currently offers over 300 undergraduate Bachelor’s degree combinations, and over 70 one-year intensively taught Master’s degrees.