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The future of metal craftsmanship of Kyoto - Life Beyond Tourism Award for the exhibition "Ima kara-Mame-sara (small plates)" of Seikado 2015- 2016

Category: exhibitions
Since 2013, each year the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco confers the Life Beyond Tourism Award to a young artist for the exhibition of metal craft plates, at the Seikado of Kyoto, in Japan. The President of Seikado, Gembei Yamanaka, invites every year many young artists to participate in the contest. On the occasion of the award Hoshino Tsuji, board member of the Foundation and Ambassador for Tourism of the City of Kyoto, will curate the exhibition of two young artists who won the award, Shota Suzuki ( winner of 2015) and Fumi Taniguchi (winner of 2016). The exhibition will be held in Palazzo Coppini (Via del Giglio 10) Florence, Italy, in the period 12th to 15th of March 2017, hours 10-17. Free entrance.

What's the "Ima-­kara Mame-­sara metalworks exhibition at Seikado" of Kyoto in Japan?
In Japan, there is a love of the characteristic aesthetic beauty of small objects. Within this area is the mame-sara: a bean-plate that fits into the palm of one’s hand. For Japanese people, this charming small dish is an art form that can be appreciated and enjoyed in daily life. In the mame-sara exists an art form which expresses the magnificence of the world. The Ima-kara Mame-sara metalworks exhibition is an opportunity to see the worlds of the artists involved in the creation of the metal mame-sara.
At Seikado, they invite both young artists studying metalwork and professionals actively engaged at the forefront of the field, regardless of nationality, status, achievements and technique, to exhibit their work under one roof in the Ima-kara Mame-sara metalworks exhibition (running annually from 2012). Starting with The Genbei Yamanaka prize, they established several awards for outstanding work as a means of not only exposing the art to wider audiences, but also as a way of forging solid connections with the world of metalworks. Furthermore, it is hoped that the experience will deepen connections with society and be beneficial to those with aspirations of making a living as artists through the sale and valuation of their work.
The Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco started to patronaize it with award Life Beyond Tourism from 2013.

Profile of artists
- Shota Suzuki
1987 Born in Miyagi Prefecture
2010 Graduated from Tohoku University of Art and Design (School of Arts, Fine Arts: Crafts Department, Metal Arts Specialism) 
Currently lives and works in Kyoto
Prizes and Awards
2011 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition “Jewellry” - Prize of Excellence
2015 Life Beyond Tourism award “IMAKARA MAMESARA 2015”

1987 Born in Osaka,JAPAN
2011 Craft(Metal),Kanazawa Collage of Arts,Kanazawa,Japan
2013 Masters in Craft(Metal),Kanazawa Collage of Arts,Kanazawa,Japan
2016 Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo
2010 International Takifuji Art Award
2016   Finalist”72th Contemporary art exhibition”
2016 Life Beyond Tourism award “IMAKARA MAMESARA 2016”  


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Via del Giglio, 10, 50123 Firenze, Italy

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10- 17

Entrance free/ Ingresso libero 

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