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.
Japanese workshop activities
Japanese Printmaking - Kamihanga
Sat 14 July, 11-3
In Japanese hanga means “print” (or more specifically “han” means print and “ga” means picture), so Kamihanga is a traditional process of making a print from paper and cardboard. With some creative cutting and layering of paper create simple but stunning prints to take away!
Weather Dolls - Teru teru Bōzu
Sun 15 July, 11-2
Make your own Japanese weather doll to bring sunshine and good luck!
Bunraku Puppet workshop
Sat 28 July, 2-4
Age 8 – 14
Work and play together as a family making table top puppets inspired by the Japanese tradition of Bunraku puppetry. Be inventive and learn to make moving parts with a variety of materials including wire, foam and cardboard.
Family storytelling & crafts
Tues 7 August, 11-12
Age under 8’s & families
Listen to a Japanese folk tale and bring the creatures in the story to life with hands-on craft and printing.
For all the family
Discover the exciting world of Japanese hand-printed textiles. Furoshiki are a type
of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth
traditionally used to transport gifts or
Thurs 9 August, 2-4
Explore print and design through drawing, inspired by Japanese objects and artworks in the exhibition.
Thurs 16 August, 2-4
Learn new skills and develop your artwork using photographic screen printing
Thurs 23 August, 2-4
Screen print your artwork onto fabric to create your own unique Furoshiki pieces to keep or give as a gift.
Haiku poems & print!
Tues 14 August, 2-4
For all the family
Write your own Haiku, a 3 line Japanese poem inspired by work in the exhibition. Experiment with collage, combining text and image to create your own illustrated poem to take away.
Manga t-shirt workshop
Tues 28 August, 10.30 - 12.30 & 1.45 - 3.15
Learn to draw Manga characters and transfer your design onto a T-shirt to take away.
Mokuhanga Woodblock printing
30 August, 2-4
Learn the art of Mokuhanga –
a traditional form of Japanese
printmaking from wooden blocks. Work with artist Kate Desforges who has just returned from Japan. Carve your own designs into wood and print by hand using water colour paints to create stunning prints to take away.
We would like to thank the Japanese Society and Kirklees One Community for their generous support.