Small Grants 2020
In 2020, the Japan Society Grants scheme gave £11,656 of funding in support of 15 projects taking place all over the UK. What has been a highly unusual year has unfortunately led to many projects being put on hold, however in March students at King Edward VI Community College in Devon were able to hold a successful exhibition on Contemporary Japanese Art and Culture, while at the Kaetsu Educational & Cultural Centre the 18th Japan Day in Cambridge took place with cultural activities and performances.
The Small Grants Scheme focuses its support on education and community projects, and this year was no exception. In Torfaen in Wales, Mamiko Markham began introducing students at local primary and secondary schools to Japanese silk painting, and we look forward to seeing the painted fabric being turned into a special handmade kimono as a result. Work began on building a Japanese Peace Garden in Coventry, the final part of a long-term project involving primary schools in the city as they learnt about the important links between Coventry and Hiroshima.
While some projects are on hold, other organisers were able to adapt their plans to create online content and virtual events. Theatre maker and puppeteer, Aya Nakamura, held online workshops and talks based around her recently filmed paper theatre piece The Spider’s Thread; Bristol Museum and Gallery are hard at work creating online content and educational resources to enhance learning about their collection of Netsuke; and Edinburgh City Art Centre’s series of workshops and lectures planned to coincide with the exhibition E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas will be moved online, enabling audiences from far and wide to join.
In the last decade, we are proud to have supported 342 projects with £217,959 of funding and as we all learn to adapt to the everchanging world around us, we look forward to receiving applications from organisers of new and exciting projects in the near future.