London’s SOAS receives $32 million grant for Southeast Asian art study

The Buddhist ruins at Borobudor, Indonesia, one of the sites that will see deeper study through the Alphawood grant

The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) announced last Friday that it was the recipient of a “transformational” $32 million grant bestowed by the US-based Alphawood Foundation. This near-record gift is intended to “advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia.” The majority of the funding will underwrite more than eighty international scholarships and fully endow three new academic posts, including the David L. Snellgrove Chair in Tibetan and Buddhist Art.

Alphawood founder Fred Eychaner explained that SOAS was selected for such a substantial grant in part “because this School creates a very special learning and research environment where West meets East. It builds bridges to the universities, museums and galleries of Asia, including in areas where the arts were held back by war and politics in the 20th century.” Read the full story here.

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