AKIN 2016

Artists from Kyoto in West Wales
See also more Photographs of the artists on AKIN2

This September four Japanese artists came to Pembrokeshire, Natsuki Kurimoto, Hiroshi Ueta, Makiko Berry and Naomi Ando
This project is a bridge for innovation and communication  Cross cultural working does have that novelty which we think began to meet our aims of intensifying the artists value and  their consideration by the wider community.
September 2016

with information about the artists
and related events
Link to film on Youtube of Shodo
A film with the Shodo demonstration in the Bishops Palace, St Davids can be seen on Youtube

The AKIN Collaboation Exhibition in Tregwynt Mansion with works by FAS artists and by each of our Japanese artists was very successful with Hiroshi Ueta demonstrating Shodo at the Opening .
more photos on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/fishguard_arts_society/30090124405/in/dateposted-public/

Origami Crane project, Prosiect Craen Origami

with Helen Campbell and Ruth Goodger supported by Pembrokeshire County Council ...see our special page on
http://www.fishguardartssociety.org.uk/Origami Crane.html

Fishguard Library Gallery
Children's Art from Kyoto

Photos from the Exhibition are on Flickr   https://flic.kr/s/aHskHUaYTG 

                                                                                                                                       Wonderful works of children's art from Kyoto

Makiko Berry  in 2009, she started her own art school “Nobinavi Art” in Kyoto to work with children’s original sense of art. These are some of the children's work from the school
Workshops: Youth Workshops supported by  the Sasakawa Foundation

Our visting artists along with a Fishguard Arts Society artist gave young persons' workshops in Goodwick community School, The Holy Name School, Fishguard and workshops for Ysgol Dewi Sant Senior School in Oriel y Parc and workshops in the Ocean Lab, Goodwick which were supported by the Sasakawa Foundation.

More photos on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/fishguard_arts_society/albums/72157674630883706

Each artist also offered a masterclass workshop for adults which were held in Oriel y Parc, St Davids and booked through the pembrokeshirecoastpath website which also held information about the workshops and the artists. These were much appreciated by the attendees of the workshops. All the artists worked really hard to ensure the enjoyment and success of their students and their engagement in different ways of working.
Makiko Berry's workshop  and the small exhibition in the studio room and windows ran beautifully alongside the new exhibition in the Landscape Galery Oriel y Parc "Reading the Rocks: The Remarkable Maps of William Smith" The C18 maps describe the geology and a map was created using the natural pigments.

Japanese painting using natural pigments                 Makiko Berry,  Rodney Harris                 Naomi Ando, Cllr Mike James , Hiroshi.Ueta   M.B. Nick Thomas, Hiroshi Ueta, N.A

Natsuki Kurimoto..Urushi (Japanese Lacquer)
Natsuki Kurimoto has been very influential in securing exhibition space

for Fishguard Arts Society Artists as well as giving much help while we have been in Japan. He is one of Japan's leading and most innovative artists in the field of contemporary lacquer art in two and three dimensions, an extremely prolific artist exhibiting internationally. A catalogue of Natsuki’s work in the recent exhibition in the Mizen Gallery Paris can be seen on our website

A catalogue of the Exhibition can be seen HERE

Makiko Berry..painting

Makiko was graduated from Japanese style painting at Seian University of Art and Design in 1998 and finished her study course next year. In 1999, she started to work for the Asian Art Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY, USA)In 2012 she received a grand prix of the 4th Kyoto New Japanese Style Painting Exhibition. She has started art classes called “Japanese style painting class” for adults and “Creative time” for people with handicap and herself to share the space and ideas. In 2016, she received an award of excellence at Geibunkyo-ten exhibition


Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, June 2016

Hiroshi Ueta...shodo
Born in Hyogo, Japan in 1974.He started studying Shodo (calligraphy) in childhood, learning from his mother, and graduated from Shikoku University in 1996, majoring in Japanese calligraphy. In 1998 he went to China in order to pursue the roots of Shodo,
 and Studied at Hangzhou University. To Introduce the Pleasure of Shodo and Art expression, he has performed workshops, and has had interviews and appearances on domestic and international media. Hiroshi currently, works at the Calligraphic Culture
Department, Shikoku University.

Hiroshi lead a Calligraphy event in the Bishops Palace on September 18th which was highly successful and filmed.


Naomi Ando...leather art, origami
Beautiful loosely worked bags and other pieces sometimes embossed,
Naomi will be involved in origami projects.