More free guided tours of 'Reflections of Japan in East Yorkshire' at Beverley Art Gallery

Tue, 08 Feb 2022

There will be three more guided tours of the popular exhibition at Beverley Art Gallery, 'Reflections of Japan in East Yorkshire'.

Exhibition curator Helena Cox will be running guided tours and talks about the exhibition on two dates in 2022, accompanied by Jane Irisa, who loaned many of the toys on display.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a free special tour of the exhibition on:

  • Thursday, 17 February at 1pm and 6pm
  • Saturday, 12 March at 1pm.

Helena Cox said : "I am really looking forward to another chance to show visitors around this exhibition, and to explain more about the items included, the unique way in which we acquired the items on display, and uncovering the fascinating links between East Riding and Japan throughout history and in the present day.

"I am also looking forward to sharing the tours with Jane Irisa, who has some amazing stories to tell, and without whom this exhibition would never have happened!"

Each tour will last up to an hour. The talks are run on a drop-in basis and no booking is required.

'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'.

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.

The exhibition shows a series of video presentations made by Japanese exchange students from Ochanomizu University (Japan) and Hull University, presenting the stories behind traditional Japanese toys and customs. See these videos in the exhibition's YouTube playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfjmXrxXh6U&list=PLSHV85RmthKSHwEanpiU-OtjFOe1JlS1L&index=14

The exhibition will run until 26 March, 2022. Entry is free and there is no need to book in advance.

For full details of Beverley Art Gallery (opening hours, location, and facilities), visit: www.eastridingmuseums.co.uk

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