CELEBRATION OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND AUSTRALIA-JAPAN CONNECTIONS
On the last day of our People to People, Place to Place exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery, we hosted a special event celebrating Contemporary Art, Australia-Japan Connections and the progress of The Australia-Japan Match Box Project over the past year.
INFLUENCE JAPAN - ONE DAY ART EXHIBITION
We invited Sydney Match Box Participants who have a strong relationship with Japan through their art practice to create works outside the box for Influence Japan - a one day exhibition in the Gallery’s Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden. Everyone enjoyed strolling around the stunning Japanese Gardens viewing the works.
Janet Laurence “Verdant Residues”, 2007
Zoe MacDonell “Distillation”, 2007
Leanne Shedlezki, Journey, 2007
Jennie Tate “For Inari Sama”, 2007
PEOPLE TO PEOPLE - ARTISTS TALKS
In the Gallery, we gave an introduction to People to People, Place to Place and how the Australia-Japan Match Box Project evolved.
Leanne discussing her art practice and the evolvement of the Match Box Projects.
Naomi introducing the Match Box Friendship Wall, exhibiting the works of 60 participating artists from Australia and Japan.
Match Box Participants discussed their work:
Jennie Tate gave an insight into her current experimental film on Tokyo, and the relating 6 storyboards being exhibited in her Match Box Solo Gallery. She discussed the special meaning of the Fox in Japan, the carrier of messages to the God of Fertility.
Mary-Anne Kyriakou discussing “Sydney to Tokyo: LED’s Light Me Up”, of which her video installation was exhibited in the Gallery’s Arts Centre for the day. (NB:LED = Light Emitting Diode)
Zoe MacDonnell introduced her Fantasyland series, 2006 in her Match Box Solo Gallery
Francois introducing Tony and his collaborative Match Box Friendship work
CELEBRATING AUSTRALIA-JAPAN CONNECTIONS
We conducted an art and cultural corner and invited various Japanese Cultural Arts Associations to join us in introducing Japanese culture to the local community
JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY DEMONSTRATIONS AND TASTINGS
The Sydney Urasenke Association conducted Tea Ceremony Demonstrations. Throughout the day many visitors gained an insight into the art of the Tea Ceremony, tasting Japanese sweets and green tea.
Members of the Sawai International Koto School gave am and pm performances, and spent the day introducing the koto to the public.
Shoko Ono conducting a solo performance.
BONSAI EXHIBITION & DEMONSTRATIONS
The Bonsai Society of the Central Coast exhibited an amazing range of Bonsai and conducted Bonsai demonstrations.
CULTURAL CREATIVE CORNER - THE ARTS CENTRE
Thanks to Ayumi, Kazuki, Lucy, Naomi and Gosford Regional Gallery Volunteers, many enjoyed the Children’s Creative Corner & Learning Centre in the Gallery’s¬†Art’s Centre
Visitors learning about Japan
Many young members of the Gosford community and visitors from Sydney created artworks for our Community Friendship Wall
Gosford Town Crier, Stephen Clarke closed the day in Japanese Garden.
A big arigatou to all our artists and volunteers for making the day a great one to remember for all!¬†Match Box gratefully acknowledge Arts NSW, The Australia-Japan Foundation, The Australia-Japan Society of New South Wales, Bentine, Canon, The Central Coast Bonsai Society, The College of Fine Arts, The Federation of Australia Japan Societies, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery Volunteers, Resolution Media, Qantas, The Sawai International Koto School, The Urasenke Sydney Association, and our participating artists and volunteers for helping us make 2006-7 exhibitions and events memorable for all. Match Box Projects is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Images ¬©Enzo Amato¬†& Naomi Shedlezki