Last few weeks to visit 'Reflections of Japan in East Yorkshire' at Beverley Art Gallery

Thu 10th March 2022
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The popular exhibition at Beverley Art Gallery, ‘Reflections of Japan in East Yorkshire’ will close at 3.45pm on Saturday, 26 March.

‘Reflections of Japan in East Yorkshire’ is a unique exhibition bringing together a selection of items from private collections across East Yorkshire and contemporary woodblock prints by Laura Boswell. It is one of the official events of the ‘Japan-UK Season of Culture’, and has received yet more official recognition in a retrospective overview video of the events across the UK during the Season of Culture 2019 - 2021.

The latest video includes excerpts from the exhibition opening, as well as a film shot by community group member Michael Nagasaka. It also includes footage from the exhibition and a collaborative video with students from the University of Hull and Ochanomizu University. The video can be viewed here:

The core of the exhibition is Jane Irisa’s stunning collection of traditional Japanese toys, which she collected from all over Japan during her many journeys there. Jane previously worked in the Oriental and Japanese sections of the British Library, and therefore her collection is brilliantly documented and well researched.

The exhibition also includes a selection of items and stories from private collections, including rare items from the Imperial Court, calligraphy, and decorative items, as well as artwork inspired by Japanese culture and a stunning collection of Japanese vintage kimonos.

To celebrate the mutual influence between Japan and Great Britain, the Gallery is delighted to present a selection of works by the renowned printmaker, Laura Boswell. Laura is showing examples of her work capturing the stunning Yorkshire and wider British landscapes in the traditional Japanese medium of coloured woodblock prints. Laura’s long-standing passion for Japan saw her undertake numerous study trips to Japan to emulate the technique. The result is a true meeting of the two cultures, presenting British landscapes with distinctly Japanese optics and aesthetic sensitivity. This is Laura’s first major public exhibition.

Entry to the exhibition is free and there is no need to book in advance.

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There will be a last chance to enjoy a guided tour and talk about the exhibition with the exhibition curator Helena Cox accompanied by Jane Irisa, who loaned many of the toys on display. The free special tour will be on Saturday, 12 March, at 1pm.

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