PAST EVENT: JAPANESE JEWELLERY POP-UP

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【24th April – 1st May 2021】 Our popular jewellery pop-up is here to stay for a little longer, to celebrate London slowly reopening up to the world! Visit us in-store and support independent artists by browsing our curated selection of unique, handcrafted jewellery. Don’t miss your very last chance to own artisanal pieces by seven of Japan’s most exciting designers; all exclusive to Sway Gallery London in the UK. ARAWA The concept for ARAWA’s jewellery is inspired by the kanji 顕, from the creator’s name.  It has many meanings – noble, outstanding or distinguished, bright decoration.  Often likened to talismans, worn to protect and charm, their pieces feature cherry blossom … Read More

UPCOMING 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

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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