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Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper

Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper

11 March – 20 April 2013

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures have been working together with Norwich University of the Arts and Kew Gardens on an exhibition on 19th and 21st century Japanese paper (washi) in Norwich, UK. There are also associated conference, talks and exhibitions of modern paper art inspired by washi. Please find the information below.

For six weeks in 2013, Norwich is home to a festival of Japanese handmade paper, or washi. The Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) Gallery is showing two unique collections of historic and contemporary washi, demonstrating both continuity and change in this ancient tradition. The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) is also organising two exhibitions, at the Anteros Arts Foundation and Mandell's Gallery. Paper artists around the world have been invited to submit work that embodies the essence of the Japanese papermaking heritage.

In parallel with these three exhibitions, there will be a one-day conference on Japanese paper on Saturday 16 March, to be held at NUA, several papermaking workshops, and a new book.These events offer a unique opportunity to view and engage with handmade papers from Japan and elsewhere.

EVENTS

EXHIBITION - WASHI: THE ART OF JAPANESE PAPER (NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS)

A unique viewing in Europe for over 100 papers from two major collections, the 19th century Parkes papers held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and 21st century papers from the Washi: The Soul of Japan Committee in Kyoto. Both feature papers made with great skill and of exceptional beauty.
The Gallery at NUA, St George's Street, Norwich NR3 1BB
12 March - 20 April 2013
Tuesday - Saturday, 12.00 - 17.00
 
EXHIBITIONS - THE ART AND SOUL OF PAPER (NORWICH - CITY CENTRE)
56 paper artists from around the world respond to washi, organised by the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA).
Mandell's Gallery and 20 Elm Hill Display Windows (11 March - 6 April);
Anteros Arts Foundation and the ArtShopProject (11 March - 20 April).
Within easy walking distance of the NUA Gallery.
Details at: www.artandsoulofpaper.com
 
CONFERENCE - WASHI: THE ART OF JAPANESE PAPER (NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS)
Saturday 16 March, 11.00-19.00.
This day meeting features 6 experts on the traditional craft of paper making in Japan,  its reception in Britain, and the use of washi in contemporary art. The event also includes a book-signing, bookshop and private view of the exhibitions.
Cost (including lunch) £35, booking via www.sainsbury-institute.org/washi
 
WORKSHOPS (NORWICH)
Sunday March 17th - The workshop demonstration will provide a very special opportunity to watch and work with Japanese Masters of their craft.
Spaces are limited and early booking is advised via www.sainsbury-institute.org/washi
 
Saturday 23 March, 10.00. Workshop with Prue Dobinson: Introduction to Papermaking from Plants, 10-4.00pm.
Book through Anteros Arts Foundation. www.anterosfoundation.com
 
TALKS (NORWICH)
Sunday March 17, 14.30. Artist's gallery talk: Tatiana Ginsberg introduces her installation LA PÉROUSE'S LAST LETTERS.
artshoproject (1 Earlham House Shops, Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3PD)
 
Monday March 18, 19.00. Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society hosts 'In Collaboration with Paper' Tatiana Ginsberg at Fusion, The Forum (non-members £5 pay at the door, includes glass wine).
 
Thursday 21 March, 18.00. Nancy Broadbent Casserley gives a lecture on the 19th century Parkes Collection at The Norwich Cathedral Hostry. To book a place email sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number.
 
BOOK LAUNCH AND TALK (LONDON)
Tuesday 19 March, 18.00.
Nancy Casserley's book "Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper", being published by Kew next month. The full-colour book does full justice to the Economic Botany Collection at Kew's 19th century Japanese papers and also showcases 21st century papers. The book launch includes a short talk by Nancy, and is being held at Daiwa House in Regent's Park, Tuesday 19 March 2013, 18.00-20.30. The event is open to all but you must book ahead via the web page: http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/washi-the-art-of-japanese-paper (link on right to Booking Form). The book usually costs £15 but will be on special offer for £10 at this event.
 
WEB PAGES WITH FULL INFORMATION ON BOOKING, LOCATIONS, TIMES
 
http://sainsbury-institute.org/news-events/washi-exhibition-of-japanese-paper-and-papermaking/
 

http://www.artandsoulofpaper.com/
 


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