PAST EXHIBITION: BEYOND VAGUENESS – Aesthetics of Japan – A group exhibition of unique and creative Japanese artists, curated by Artrates

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【24th – 29th October 2019】 LATE OPENING: 24th October Thu 18:00-20:00RSVP: EventbriteSPECIAL OPENING: 26th October Sat 12:00-18:00 The Japanese are sometimes said to be vague. “Read the air” a phrase they often use, which means to be able to understand the situation without words. Communicating subtleties of mood is part of Japanese custom, and you can even see this in their literature and art. There are many Japanese artists who feel uncomfortable with clearly expressing themselves with words, which is a contrast to Western culture. The attitude that accepts the ambiguity and its status is associated with Zen Buddhism; to accept things as it is and to observe them with … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Kintsugi – All That is Broken is Not Lost by Reiko Kaneko

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【4th – 21st October 2019】 PRIVATE VIEW: 3rd October Thu 18:00-20:00 RSVP: Eventbrite SPECIAL OPENING: 5th October Sat 12:00-18:00 *𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐢 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞!*You can have your own broken pottery repaired by the acclaimed, Stoke-on-Trent based Japanese artist, Reiko Kaneko! 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐮𝐬 (𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨@𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐲-𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲.𝐜𝐨𝐦) 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬, 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬; 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬, for quicker quotation. In this exhibition Reiko Kaneko presents an exploration of kintsugi and of imperfection. The practice of ceramics provide ample opportunities to examine breakages  and keep the mind open to its beauty. The world is not made up of perfect squares and circles but are instead pitted, broken and … Read More

PAST EVENT: INTO THE CITY OF NARA, ROOTS OF JAPAN – Pop Up at Sway Gallery’s Concept Store

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INTO THE CITY OF NARA, ROOTS OF JAPAN – Pop Up at Sway Gallery London WHERE: Sway Gallery’s Concept StoreDATES: 30th September – 11th October 2019 From the birthplace of Japanese history and culture “Nara”, traditional and modern goods produced by 17 local manufactures will be showcased at Sway Gallery London from 30th September to 11th October 2019! Nara was the capital of Japan 1,300 years ago, and it still preserves its history, while continuing to thrive within the industry of the modern age. It is a city that preserves some of Japan’s most treasured cultures and crafts. For the first time, Nara Prefecture’s statue of Buddha, a national treasure … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Land of the Rising Cat – Japanese Prints and Kawaii Cat Crafts Sales Exhibition

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【 6th September – 27th September 2019 】 SPECIAL OPENING: 7th and 21st September, 12:00-18:00 Sway Gallery London is proud to present an exciting, 100 purrcent cat-themed pop-up, introducing over 200 items, including collectables, kawaii crafts and folk toys, artworks, as well as Japanese woodblock prints! The event is a collaboration between Manami Okazaki, Japanese culture maven and author of Land of the Rising Cat: Japan’s Feline Fascination, which will be released and sold on the opening night, and Tiger Tanuki, Japanese art dealer and curator. Manami introduces a unique selection of traditional folk crafts from across Japan, ranging from wooden kokeshi dolls to porcelain manekineko (lucky cats). Tiger Tanuki … Read More

PAST EVENT: Book Launch Event: Land of the Rising Cat by Manami Okazaki

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【5th September 2019 18:00-20:00】 BOOK LAUNCH EVENT & EXHIBITION PRIVATE VIEW: 5th September 2019 18:00-20:00 (RSVP only due to the limited space; info@sway-gallery.com) PLEASE KINDLY NOTE: due to the popularity of the event only confirmed RSVP emails guarantee the participation in the Book Launch & Exhibition Private View Event. This is an introductory event and Private View to the Land of the Rising Cat – Japanese prints and Kawaii Cat Craft Sales Exhibition, which starts on the 6th September 2019 and ends on the 27th September 2019. Sway Gallery is proud to host the book launch and signing event, as part of a three-week cat-themed sales exhibition including works by … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Lost in Transition by Vanessa Milito Rodriguez

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【2nd – 28th August 2019】 OPENING RECEPTION: 1 August Thu 18:00-20:00 RSVP: EVENTBRITE SPECIAL OPENING: 3 August Sat 12:00-18:00 VMR – Vanessa Milito Rodriguez – is an Italian-Colombian artist born in Milan, Italy. She has become fascinated with the traditional Japanese tattoos, Irezumi, which then led her to the discovery of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. In 2016 she moved to Paris, France, where her love for Ukiyo-e and Japanese culture has grown even further as Paris is the birthplace of the ’Japonisme’ art movement. The title ‘Lost in Transition’ is inspired by Sofia Coppola’s movie ‘Lost in Translation’. The preparation for the exhibition took place in France, as well as during … Read More

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