A new art project called “At Art Uwajima 2013,” which seeks to showcase the appeal of a small town in Ehime prefecture on the island of Shikoku, kicks off next month on July 24.
The new art festival comes in advance of the 400th anniversary in 2015 of the Date feudal clan, which governed the city of Uwajima during the Edo period.
The first part of the project, which runs July 24 through August 22, showcases an exhibition by seven artists exploring the themes of private and public space that will unfold at two venues — Kiya Ryokan, one of the city’s most venerable traditional inns that has been in operation since 1911; and art space Situationally, located inside Uwajima’s Kisaiya shopping arcade.
Kiya Ryokan will be extensively renovated by architect Yuko Nagayama and Transit General Office, a company that has built a reputation for its empire of design-conscious cafés and boutiques including the Tokyo branches of Australian brunch favorite Bills, and the Sign café. This ryokan will exhibit works by manga artist Yoriko Hoshi, perhaps best known for her “Kyo no Nekomura-san” series, and contemporary video artist Tabaimo, who represented Japan at the last Venice Biennale in 2011.
Over at the art space Situationally, works by sculptor Ryotaro Abe, Ryota Kikuchi, Taihei Kimura, and Takahiro Komuro will be on display.
At Art Uwajima 2013 runs July 24 through August 22 at Kiya Ryokan (2-8-2, Honmachiote, Uwajima-shi, Ehime Prefecture) and Situationally (Uwajima Kisaiya Road, 1-5-6, Ebisumachi, Uwajima-shi, Ehime Prefecture). See website for more details.