Robert Sainsbury Lecture: The Presence of Absence with Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts

Robert Sainsbury Lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 18 November, 2021
6:30pm GMT

Lecture Theatre 1, University of East Anglia


Rebecca Salter (President of the Royal Academy of Arts)

Available to attend in person and stream online via Zoom.
50 min lecture, followed by Q&A.
Free and open to all, booking essential.
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The Robert Sainsbury Lecture is given in honour of Sir Robert Sainsbury, who with Lisa, Lady Sainsbury, donated their art collection to the University of East Anglia. The lecture is currently hosted at UEA, in turn, by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures, the Sainsbury Centre and the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas.

About the Talk

The extraordinary Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection illustrates the complexities, but also the immeasurable rewards, of learning about each other mediated through art and artefacts. Their Collection was created with love, an appetite to explore and include and, arguably, with an artist’s eye.

Artists are, by nature, visually curious and hungry for the unfamiliar. Reflecting the spirit of the Collection, in the 2021 Robert Sainsbury Lecture, the artist and President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Rebecca Salter, will trace the development of her career through an examination of her long and enriching relationship with Japan and its culture. In the context of narratives around the dynamics of the interactions between cultures, this is a very personal journey as seen through the eyes of an artist.

About the Speaker

Rebecca Salter studied at Bristol Polytechnic and then at Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan, where she lived for six years. While living in Kyoto, Salter studied traditional Japanese woodblock printing with Professor Kurosaki Akira and has since written two books on the subject. Her interest in printmaking is combined with her main practice in painting. Until 2016 she was Associate Lecturer on the MA Printmaking Course at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London.

Salter exhibits regularly in London and internationally, and in 2011 she had a major retrospective into the light of things at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. An accompanying exhibition at Yale University Art Gallery explored links between Western artists and Japan. She has also been artist in residence twice (2003 and 2011) at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut. Salter has undertaken several architectural commissions including 15 Sackville Street, London W1, St George’s Hospital, Tooting and NGS Macmillan Cancer Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital. She has work in many private and public collections including Tate, British Museum, Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

Salter was elected as a Royal Academician to the category of Printmaker in December 2014 and, in June 2017, was elected as the Keeper of the Royal Academy. On 10th December 2019 she was elected the 27th President of the Royal Academy of Arts and became the first female President since the Academy was founded in 1768.

For more on Rebecca Salter, visit her website.

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