PAST POP-UP EVENT: Japanese Kokeshi, Tohoku and beyond

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【28th September – 15th October 2021】 This pop-up will be a release event for curator Manami Okazaki‘s new book, Japanese Kokeshi Dolls: The Woodcraft and Culture of Japan’s Iconic Wooden Dolls by Tuttle, one of the foremost publishers of Japan culture books.Sway Gallery has an exclusive on these books and will be the first place in the world to have copies! Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, hand carved from Japanese woods such as dogwood, maple and zelkova. These days there are many contemporary kokeshi styles but the dolls are traditionally made in hot-spring towns in the Tohoku region in the north of Japan’s main island of Honshu.Originally a children’s toy made … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: SAKI&Bitches Solo Exhibition – Shi no no me

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【14th -25th September 2021】 In celebration of her 10th anniversary, SAKI & Bitches will be back at Sway Gallery with her new series of works on 14th September, on view until 25th September. Her solo exhibition, ‘Shi no no me’ will feature original works including her iconic Yujo/Geisha paintings, as well as pencil drawings and prints.In keeping with her dedication to capturing and telling the story of ancient Japanese courtesans, SAKI reflects and combines her own emotions in these new works for the first time. “Even though my previous works were affected by thoughts and emotions of mine at the moment of the creation, I never tried to express my … Read More


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【16th – 28th August 2021】 Sway Gallery London is pleased to present work by our next featured artists, illustrator and fashion designer Yukiko the Witch and painter Takeshi Yamao. Discover two of Japan’s most exciting, young creators with an intimate, curated collection of their conceptual drawings and installations. This small-scale exhibition will take place in the art section of Sway Gallery. 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐟𝐟, 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐝𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬. Participants: Yukiko the Witch Yukiko The Witch was born and raised in Iwate, Japan and graduated from Tokyo Zokei University with a major in sculpting.She then relocated to Canada to study fashion at … Read More

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