5 Reasons Why the Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition in Singapore (20 to 25 Oct) Is More Than Your Usual Art Exhibition

Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition

From 20 to 25 October 2017, the Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition will be held at The Luxe Art Museum at Handy Road. This special, six-day only exhibition will showcase Shodo, the creative art of Japanese calligraphy.

The Art of the Brush

Photo credit: Japan Calligraphy Art Academy

Japanese calligraphy has evolved into an art form that celebrates the beauty of written characters. Using brush and ink, years of discipline and study are required to perfect the technique required to produce a seemingly simple piece of art.

If that all sounds very Zen, it is because it is.

And you can see this art form in person at the Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition. With activities and workshops planned in conjunction with the exhibition, visitors can expect more than just artworks alone at this free event.

Here are 5 reasons why the upcoming Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition is more than your usual art show.

1. First Time the Japan Calligraphy Art Academy is Exhibiting in Singapore

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The Japan Calligraphy Art Academy or Nihon Shodo Bijutsuin is one of the oldest calligraphy art institutes in Japan. With more than 70 years of history, their members are master calligraphers and promoters of this traditional art form.

The upcoming Japanese Calligraphy exhibition will be the first time they are holding an exhibition in Singapore. The opening ceremony for the exhibition will take place on 20 October and all are welcomed to view the Japanese calligraphy art on display.

2. Cultural Immersion Through the Largest Display of Japanese Calligraphy Art Locally

Photo credit: Japan Calligraphy Art Academy

The Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition will feature around 60 masterpieces created by members of the Japan Calligraphy Art Academy. These works of art fall into four categories – characters symbolising an idea (kanji), characters representing syllables (kana), new calligraphic art and seal carving. By highlighting this traditional art form, organisers aim to promote stronger ties between Singapore and Japan through cultural exchange.

Photo credit: Japan Calligraphy Art Academy

3. Artists in Action

Photo credit: Japan Calligraphy Art Academy

Visitors will not only have a chance to view the works of art but to see artists in action too.

Visiting calligraphers from the Japan Calligraphy Art Academy will be staging energetic demonstrations of how Japanese calligraphy is created. There will also be exciting opportunities for visitors to learn from these calligraphers and try creating their own art pieces too.

Calligraphy performances will be held from 2 pm to 3 pm daily, except on 25 October. All activities are free but spaces for the calligraphy trial are limited.

4. Heartland Activities on Japan Cultural Workshop Day

Saturday, 21 October, has been earmarked as Japan Cultural Workshop Day. On this day, a series of activities will be held to bring Japanese calligraphy and culture to the heartlands.

Photo credit: Japan Calligraphy Art Academy

Events will be held at The Japanese Association, Singapore, Japan Creative Centre, Choa Chu Kang Community Club and Our Tampines Hub. Through these activities, event organisers hope to increase the appreciation of traditional Japanese art and culture.

Details of activities taking place on 21 October are as follows:

The Japanese Association, Singapore (JAS) – starting from 10am
1. Calligrapher performance
2. Calligraphy trial on Uchiwa (Japanese Fan)

Japan Creative Centre (JCC) – starting from 10am
1. Calligrapher performance
2. Calligraphy trial on T-Shirt (Limited to first 40 participants)

Choa Chu Kang Community Club (CC) – Afternoon to Evening
1. Calligrapher performance
2. Calligraphy trial
3. Japanese Cultural Booth
4. Sunstar Kids Dental Show
5. Movie Screening “Shodo Girls”

Our Tampines Hub (OTH) – Afternoon
1. Calligrapher performance
2. Calligraphy trial (Limited to first 50 participants)
3. Movie Screening “Shodo Girls”

Take note that some activities are ticketed and spaces may be limited.

5. Brush of a Different Kind – A Kids Dental Show

The Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition is co-organised by Sunstar, a global company that has its roots in Japan and operates in the oral care sector. As part of the activities being held on 21 October, Sunstar will be holding a Kids Dental Show at Choa Chu Kang Community Club in the evening. This oral health edutainment show will highlight the importance of oral care to children and is in line with Sunstar’s aim to enrich people’s quality of life.

More details on the Kids Dental Show will be made available on the event website here.

Sunstar's Japanese Calligraphy Art Academy Exhibtion

Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition

Dates: 20 to 25 October 2017
Venue: The Luxe Art Museum, 6 Handy Road #02-01, Singapore 229234
Admission: Free
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/300562697078267/

The Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition is hosted by Nihon Shodo Bijutsuin (Japan Calligraphy Art Academy), co-organised by Sunstar and Japan Creative Centre (Embassy of Japan) and supported by The Mainichi Shimbun / Mainichi Shodo Kai.

This feature is brought to you by Sunstar.

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