【7th – 13th July 2022】
Bring your “Arigato(Gratitude)” message to connect the world in peace, love and hope.
A special art event to decorate bamboo branches with “Arigato(Gratitude)” messages from all over the world, called “ArigaTo the World” will be held from 7th till 13th July 2022 at Sway Gallery London.
The 7th of July is Tanabata Day in Japan. On this day Japanese people hang colourful decorations and strips of paper containing their wishes and hopes for the future on bamboo branches. In the Tanabata story, on the night of the 7th of July, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who were separated by the Milky Way, can meet only once a year across the Milky Way, but they can not meet up if it rains.
Like this story, through the ongoing global pandemic and recent conflict, we have experienced a world where we haven’t been free to meet our loved ones, some of us have lost contact with the wider world and are still facing a challenging time.
In this art exhibition, it will be decorated bamboo branches with “Arigato(Gratitude)” messages from all over the world in the hope that such a divided world will once again become a world filled with gratitude and joy.
In collaboration with this concept, 7 Japanese artists from Japan and UK, will exhibit their artworks, express their gratitude and hope in their own way.
Masami Hiroe: Calligraphic Artist
Fumiko Irie: Film Director, Corsage Artist, Songwriter
T-Stones: Stone Jewellery Artist
Yoshie Allan: Illustrator, Collage Artist
Masako Chini: Weaver
Toshiko I.: Ceramist
Orumi: Holistic Living Artist