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Wednesday, 18th September 2013
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Japan praised for supporting the creative arts

A British sculptor has commended Japan for its support of the arts and claimed the UK should follow its example.

Anthony Gormley praised Japan's culture of philanthropy and said the nation had "an absolute belief in the duty of corporate money to reinvest in collective future".

The artist was speaking yesterday (September 17th) after being named one of the winners of this year's world's richest arts prize.

He was made the sculpture laureate of the Praemium Imperiale awards, a Japanese accolade that rewards achievements not covered by the Nobel prize.

Mr Gormley described the Japanese organisations that are linked to corporations, such as the Daiwa Foundation and Inimori Foundation, as "really inspirational", due to the fact they spend some of their profits on supporting creativity.

The artist is planning on spending his 15 million yen (£95,000) prize money on some of his less well-funded public arts projects, one of which is taking place in Japan.

He follows previous sculpture laureates who include Richard Serra and Louise Bourgeois.

Written by Mark Smith