UPCOMING EXHIBITION: “Design calligraphy” by Ai Suzuki

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【6th – 11th June 2022】 Having exhibited a couple of times at Sway Gallery, Ai Suzuki (a “design calligraphy” artist), has gained numerous fans in London. Her work is emotional, ardent, yet imbued with a deep sense of tranquility that induces a meditative state in a viewer. Do not miss the opportunity to see her remarkable artwork – so delicate yet created by thunderous brush strokes! This compact exhibition will be held in the art section of Sway Gallery. Ai Suzuki Since Ai Suzuki was young, she loved to daydream. Whenever she saw a beautiful sky or flower or bird or even a little bug, she made space for it … Read More

PAST EVENT: Japan’s Best Friend: Dog Culture in the Land of the Rising Sun

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【8th – 31st March 2022】 This pop-up will be a release event for curator Manami Okazaki‘s new book, Japan’s Best Friend: Dog Culture in the Land of the Rising Sun by Prestel, one of the world’s leading publishers of art and design books. The book is a quirky, nose-to-tail survey of Japan’s love affair with dogs that explores why they have played such an important role in the country since ancient times, how they’re represented in traditional and contemporary culture alike, and which breeds are most distinctly part of the canine craze.From religious festivals and shrines that honor dog deities, to folklore, legends and icons, to famous art works, architectural … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: ARTISTS vol.1 2022

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【24th January – 5th February 2022】 Sway Gallery is ushering the new 2022 with another exciting artist from Japan – Hinata! Hinata has been strongly influenced by the Slavic cultures the rusticity of which mingles with the delicate nature of the Japanese art as well as the ever-present kawaii elements in her work. This exhibition is, also, your last chance to see Ai Suzuki’s and Akatsuki’s art, introduced to the UK audience by the Sway Gallery in 2021. The participating artists this time include: Hinata NishiAi SuzukiAkatsukiTakeshi YamaoYukiko the Witch This small-scale exhibition will take place in the art section of Sway Gallery. 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐟𝐟, … Read More

PAST EVENT: SWAY GALLERY XMAS MARKET 2021

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【29th November – 23rd December 2021】 We are thrilled to announce that the Sway Gallery Xmas Market is back this festive season! You will find an array of unique gifts from Japan including the ever-popular brand Ginnezu launching a new, adorable animals jewellery collection.Many other jewellers taking part in our Xmas Market will be debuting their works in the UK this December. We will be waiting for you with a wide range of carefully selected Japanese crafts and looking forward to seeing you in Old Street! BENIR Fascinated by moon, starts and constellations, I create jewellery which embodies my memories and feelings. A creative process triggered by a motif is … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Metamorphoses of Water by Hiroko Imada

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【30th October – 27th November 2021】 2021 has been a remarkable year for Imada. After a year-long wait, the Hollywood film ‘Fast and Furious 9’ premiered in June and her painting was in the key scene of the film. She also created 2 installation works during June and July at the Wave Coventry and Coventry Cathedral. During the summer, she was working on creating a woodblock print inspired by Hokusai’s drawing and its process was recorded to create a short film to run at the exhibition ‘Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything’ which runs from 30 September 2021 to 30 January 2022 at the British Museum. For this exhibition, … Read More

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

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