Archaeology, placemaking and art in Japan and the UK

MOLA team
25.08.2016

This year MOLA joined forces with partners in Japan, including OCCPA (Osaka City Cultural Properties Association), to begin a unique project: Archaeology, Placemaking and Art in Japan and the UK. The research project aims to identify attitudes and approaches, in the UK and Japan, to art and archaeology collaborations, and to ultimately define best practice in this field.

The international project has been generously funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The yearlong study began earlier this year with a delegation from the UK heading out to Japan to explore examples of where art has been used to creatively interpret archaeological evidence or played a role in heritage-focussed placemaking for sustainable development.

Presenting their initial findings at the World Archaeology Congress 2016 in Kyoto this August/ September, a team from Japan are due to visit the UK later in the year to explore examples of artistic interpretation of archaeology over here.

The project culminates in the establishment of an initial gazetteer of best practice in archaeological engagement with art in the UK and Japan, which will showcase projects that are taking place in both countries and hopefully stimulate further opportunities. The project marks the beginning of a long-term commitment to international collaboration in archaeology, art and placemaking with enormous potential to influence practice in other parts of the world.

Thanks to the Museum of London, Kanazawa University and the Kyoto Art and Archaeology Forum for their contributions to the project.

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