JAPAN

Nana Shiomi, Here Comes the Wind God

This Summer we celebrate Japan.  Inspired by our Studio Technician travelling to the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (Mi-Lab), we have invited artists from across the globe to submit work which employs traditional Japanese printmaking techniques or is inspired by Japanese culture.  27 artists from Japan, UK, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, USA and Australia are exhibiting a fantastic range of art works, exploring a variety of subject matter, imagery and printmaking techniques; including mokulito, gyotaku, mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut, etching, linocut, letterpress and book-works.

Participating artists include: Nana Shiomi, Sumiko Eadon, Sara Lee, Lisa Stubbs, Paul Furneaux, Kate Desforges, Rachel Ramirez, Sumi Perera, Kate MacDonagh, Crona Gallagher, Austin Cole, Taro Takizawa, Nobuo Okawa, Dianne Murphy, Fumi Gyobu, Mara Cozzolino, Peter Burgess, Misa Gott, Katherine Anteney, Wuon-Gean Ho, Carol Wilhide Justin, Jane Fulton Suri, Andy Welland, Ian Wrench, Mia O, Eddy Dreadnought, Stella Whalley

Alongside the exhibition of prints is a display of Tenugui and Furoshiki textiles, loaned by Dr Anna Seabourne and in addition to the rich and varied exhibition of prints and textiles in our gallery, we are planning an extensive programme of participatory activities and events for a wide range of people.  Visitors to the gallery will be able to take part in self-directed hands-on activities during the exhibition, including making simple rubbings from carved woodblocks and origami.  A resource area aimed at families with young children will include dressing up and a reading/storytelling corner.  There will also be a number of artist-led workshops for a range of people, including: Manga Comic workshops for 8-14 and 14-19 year olds, a Bunraku puppet workshop for young people; woodblock printing for young people; Haiku writing sessions; Animation workshops for children completing Arts Award; traditional Japanese storytelling for under 8s and their families; collaborative ‘Cherry Blossom Tree’ mural; and talks from adults.

Further details will follow soon…