visual arts

IFAC supports the visual arts through sponsoring the annual International High School Arts Festival in Japan and working together with the British Museum seeking to share the rich culture of Japan with millions of visitors from around the world each year since 2013.

For the past two decades, Japan’s International High School Arts Festival has created the opportunity for senior high school students to showcase their outstanding creative talent on a global platform.

IFAC and the British Museum have held a special partnership, working together towards the mutual aim of championing the art and culture of Japan, and sharing its beauty.

INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ARTS FESTIVAL

The annual International High School Arts Festival in Japan is sponsored by the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) and organized by the International High School Arts Festival Organizing Committee, of which IFAC functions as its presiding body.

It is an opportunity for senior high school students to showcase their outstanding creative talent on a global platform. 2019 celebrated the 20th edition of the festival.

Senior high school students from across the globe will submit approximately 14,000 pieces of art and the top 500 pieces will be brought to Tokyo, where they will be exhibited at one of the nation’s most prestigious galleries, Japan’s National Art Centre.

The chosen artworks will express the cultural circumstances of their countries of origin. The students’ fresh and original perspective, and the variety of messages showcased, means the collection promises to draw a large audience, and act as a valuable opportunity for cultural exchange. In addition, one high school student from each country who has submitted a winning artwork will be invited to Japan to participate in the festival and the awards ceremony, and engage in a cultural exchange with young artists from other countries.

VISIT IFAC JAPAN

BRITISH MUSEUM

IFAC and the British Museum have been working together since 2013, seeking to share the rich culture of Japan with visitors from around the world.

The IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Arts is at the heart of this endeavour: curating displays in the recently reopened Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries; working on major exhibitions including the critically and publically acclaimed Hokusai: beyond the great wave (2017) as well as Manga (2019); and facilitating the acquisition of important Japanese artworks. The Museum was also host to Captivating Calligraphy in November 2014, a special event supported by IFAC to celebrate the exceptional craft and the work of Dr Haruhisa Handa.

Calligraphy ARTWORK
OF DR HANDA

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