Scotland and Japan Conference

I am looking forward to giving the Closing Remarks at the forthcoming Scotland and Japan conference, being held on-line via zoom and in-person at the National Museums Scotland on 10 & 11 February 2022. The conference has been organised by the Scottish Society for Art History in partnership with the National Museum of Japanese History.

Uchikake Outer Robe © National Museums Scotland

From Edo to Edinburgh

As the delegate information explains, this two-day international event will explore cultural connections between the visual and material cultures of Scotland and Japan. It will bring together academics, independent researchers, curators, archivists and artists to share new research in the area. Moreover, it will facilitate the exchange of ideas and engagement in lively discussions related to the shared art historical legacies of Scotland and Japan, past and present.

Myochin Nobuie et al, Armour (domaru), c. 1537-1850, Royal Collection Trust
(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021

From a Prince to a Prince

Topics include the history of Japanese lacquer work, Ukiyo-e landscape imagery in the later Edo period, Prince Alfred’s Japanese collection and the influence of Japanese needlework and design on ‘Glasgow Style’ embroidery. The keynote speaker is Yoshi Miki, National Museum of Japanese History, whilst others include Rachel Peat, Royal Collection Trust, Marjolein de Raat, Victoria and Albert Museum and Helen Smailes, National Galleries of Scotland. Artists such as Ilana Halperin, Hironori Katagiri, Takahiro Kondo and Kate Thomson will discuss the influence of Japan and Scotland on their work.

Four Geisha Playing Cards, 1921, Unknown Photographer, courtesy National Trust for Scotland

Decades of Inspiration

The full Scotland and Japan conference programme and tickets are available on Eventbrite. In-person tickets can be booked via this link, whilst on-line tickets can be booked here. The event has been supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh, The Japan Society, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Lyon & Turnbull.

Japan was a source of inspiration for the Scottish artists Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2021) and George Henry (1858-1943), whom you can read about in this feature and this blog respectively. As part of my mission to spread my passion for the visual arts, I enjoy being involved with events such as conferences, talks and exhibition openings and put information about them here.

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