Over the coming months the Tsuka project team and artists will be selling photobooks with limited prints and other associated paraphernalia to raise funds to bring the artists to Australia and for the installation of the exhibition.
Artists and their work are available for you to see personally or to hear from directly. Please make contact.
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Tsuka is made possible by the following sponsors.
Wallflower Photomedia Gallery
This project is initiated and managed by Wallflower Photomedia Gallery. A not-for-profit organisation that was established in Mildura, Victoria, as a physical gallery space and assisted by Arts Mildura. Upon closure of the gallery in 2015, WPG shifted to a photographic facilitator for curated projects (such as Tsuka), events, workshops, screenings and associated educational practices.
Centre For Contemporary Photography
The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) is Australia’s premier venue for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts, providing a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary practice.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
The Japan Foundation, Sydney, is the Australian arm of The Japan Foundation, a non-profit cultural organisation which was established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations. We run a diverse range of programs and events, including exhibitions, talk events, grant programs and Japanese language courses for all levels from beginner to advanced. The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 in Tokyo and has expanded to a global network of 25 offices in 24 countries. The Australian office was established in 1978.
Photography Studies College
Photography Studies College (Melbourne), is a multi award winning tertiary photography college, located in Melbourne’s vibrant arts and cultural scene, only 5 minutes walk from Flinders St Station, close to a multitude of contemporary galleries and cafes. For 40 years PSC has delivered specialised, high quality and innovative photography education, consistently producing graduates of the highest calibre and providing students with an environment in which to explore their creativity, see the world anew and give expression to what they see.
Established in 2011 the PrintShop at PSC has grown to be the finest specialised art printing business in Melbourne, and Australia. The PrintShop’s work has been shown at Paris Photo, the National Gallery of Victoria, Adelaide Biennale (ACE), Centre for Contemporary Photography, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Perth Centre for Photography, Head On Photo Festival, Ballarat Foto Biennale and many more institutions and galleries.
Kayell is one of Australia's leading photographic equipment suppliers, and has been the professional’s choice for over 40 years. Constantly adding to and updating their range to bring the latest and best technologies to their markets which include: Photographers, Film makers, Educators, Designers, Prepress operators, Brand custodians, Advertising agencies, Print buyers, Publishers and Printers.
Always making its papers in Annonay France and exporting to over 150 countries, Canson® is the global market leader of Fine Arts papers, a major actor of conservation products, school and leisure drawing papers, as well as technical and digital printing papers.
Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA), a not-for-profit open-access physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks. The APPA is a response to the boom in photographic self-publishing globally and is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online. The APPA is a response to the European and American focus of most international discourses around photography and photobooks. The APPA is committed to promoting the production and dissemination of photobooks in the region.
An encounter between Ansel Adams and Yasuhiko Sata led to the opening of Photo Gallery International in Tokyo in 1979 and has since been a pioneer of Japanese photographic art. In 2015 the gallery moved into the present locale in Higashi Azabu under the new name PGI.The gallery has been a long time supporter of American photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Harry Callahan and Robert Adams who have featured alongside Japanese masters such as Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Ikko Narahara and Eikoh Hosoe. More recently PGI has been engaging with contemporary Japanese practitioners and up-and-coming artists such as Kozo Miyoshi, Michiko Kon and Yoshihiko Ito and more recent young artists such as Shintaro Sato, Yuji Hamada, Takashi Arai and many others.PGI acts as a gallery, bookstore and facilitator for photographic productivity.
Established in 2008 in the art complex building NADiff A/P/A/R/T in Ebisu, G/P has since discovered and encouraged young Japanese photographers. To facilitate this G/P has organizing various platforms for photographers such as THE EXPOSED shows and portfolio reviews open to young photographers. G/P Gallery’s mission is as the following: 1) to discover, foster and promote powerful young Japanese photographers; 2) to generate and further the appreciation of photography as an art form through discussions and criticism; 3) to be at the frontier of contemporary photography through having activate cultural exchanges between international photographers.
Taka Ishii Gallery
Taka Ishii Gallery continues to maintain and develop an exhibition program based upon the dual goals of introducing international contemporary artists within Japan and serving as an international platform for the presentation of the work of Japanese emerging artists and contemporary masters. While the gallery aesthetic is rooted in the photographic, the program is contemporary and represented artists work in a variety of media. In addition to the primary exhibition space, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film focuses on historical exhibitions of pre and postwar Japanese photography and related film work. Along with the satellite space in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, Taka Ishii Gallery New York introduces to the West the yet to be exposed post-war Japanese contemporary artists from the 1950s-1970s.
For the Tsuka Exhibition we are featuring the work of Risaku Suzuki who and have been greatly assisted by Taka Ishii staff and especially Natsuka Okamoto.
Yuka Tsuruno Gallery
Yuka Tsuruno Gallery is a contemporary art gallery established in 2009. With its keen attention to concept, context, and quality, the gallery showcases the work of prominent international artists including Candida Hofer and Jose Parla, while also nurturing the careers of young artist in Japan, in various media include painting, sculpture, video, photography, and installation. In September 2016, the gallery has been relocated at a new art complex in Tennoz.
The Sakyukan was built in 1933 as the house for the head of the Niigata branch of the Bank of Japan. Thirty successive branch heads and their families lived here until 1999. Now the building is open to the public (no entrance fee required) and serves as a cultural facility for the city of Niigata. Exhibitions, concerts, and other events are held here on occasion and attract many local residents and tourists.
Niigata Regional Image Archive
Niigata Regional Image Archive is a research and educational project of Niigata University since 2008. Their project aims at collecting and archiving such audio/visual materials as photographs, films, radio programs, and picture postcards produced and/or consumed in/around Niigata from the 19th century; and constituting a creative collaboration network among museums, archives, libraries, universities, and industries in order to facilitate the academic and educational use of the materials in digital formats.
Kaneyama is a small town located in the mountains between Niigata and Fukushima
prefectures and presently has a population of approximately 2,100 people. In the town, there are 30 small old villages along the Tadami River. The town is known for heavy snow and has plenty of forest and water resources. There are 5 hydroelectric power plants in the town. They have been provided electricity to big cities such as Tokyo, Sendai, Niigata since 1938.
Perimeter Books is a specialised bookstore and platform for various art publishing endeavours in Melbourne, Australia. Perimeter stocks a curated selection of local and international small press, art, photography, architecture and design publications, and exhibits publishers and contemporary artists with an interest in the printed form. Perimeter launched its in-house publishing imprint Perimeter Editions in August 2012 and Perimeter Distribution in April 2013. Perimeter has a photography-focused outpost at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and a curated library at Hotel Hotel in Canberra.