Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper

Third Thursday Lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 21 March, 2013
6:00pm GMT

Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH


Nancy Casserley (Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow 2012–13)

Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential.

To book a seat email us at or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number. Unless indicated otherwise the lectures are held at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

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The Gallery at NUCA

About the Lecture

Washi, or Japanese handmade paper, has long held a central role in Japanese society. The rich history and striking diversity of washi are the focus of a unique exhibition of 19th century and contemporary pieces at The Gallery at NUA from 12 March to 20 April 2013. The washi pieces are drawn from two collections, one of which was assembled in Tokyo between 1869 and 1871 and one of which was assembled in Kyoto between 1995 and 2005. The exhibition curator, Nancy Casserley, will speak about the surprising history and purpose of the two collections as well as explore both the continuity and the change inherent in washi production between the 1860s and the 1990s.

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