SCVA Collaborative Projects
The Sainsbury Institute has from its formation been inspired by and collaborated with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) and its wide-ranging important collections. Numerous scholars affiliated with the Sainsbury Institute have cooperated with the SCVA in symposia, workshops, exhibitions and researching the Centre’s important holdings, and in particular the collection of Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury. Reports and articles of the findings of these scholars and conferences on such fields as conservation of the art works have attracted occasionally a large audience. One example of this outreach is the inclusion of Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury’s Kamakura period wooden Jizo sculpture in the NHK Japanese television series made for New Year’s celebrations in 2011 with Professor Kobayashi Tadashi on ‘Japanese Treasures in Overseas Collection’. SCVA’s Japanese collection has been published by a number of scholars, including Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere in Arts of Asia (July 2009). Further examples of recent collaboration are the exhibitions ‘Unearthed’ (2010) and ‘Kingdom of Characters’ (2012), coupled with the educational programmes relating to those exhibits.