Category Archives: Environment

Announcing Allison Kovar’s exhibition “Does this make you happy?”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Does this make you happy? by Allison Kovar on September 21(Sat.) – 23(Mon., national holiday), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Allison Kovar is a multidisciplinary artist who is a by-product of her residing in many different countries. She sees her body and everywhere it has been as the true work of art and she strives to do it justice visually. A dancer and crafter from a young age, she didn’t graduate from art school or fill a gallery with her creations.

Do you know what does?
Exploring the simplicity of a happy face amidst the serpentine complexities of modern life – is it effective? Is it authentic? Is it empty?
Your answer is important.

Allison Kovar “Does this make you happy?”
Exhibition style: mixed media
Date: September 21 (Saturday) to 23 (Monday, national holiday), 11:00 to 18:00.
* We will hold an artist talk on 22nd (Sun.), starting at 16:00.
* The exhibitions by other seven current residence artists will be held at the same exhibition periods.

Residence artists in December joined Shimenawa (the Sacred Rope) making for Masue Inari Shrine

Our residence artists in December joined Shimenawa (the Sacred Rope) making for Masue Inari Shrine on Dec 10th in 2017.


Shimenawa means to represent a sacred place where a god is enshrined. The rope takes the role of demarcating the shrine and precincts from the every-day world, and avoiding impurity.

Artists helped to find fine rice straws and arrange them for making big Shimenawa ropes.


After that, they learned how to make the small version by a local master.


They made good ones and all said “I am going to hung this for my room door”!
In Japan, we have a custom to hung the Shimenawa above the front door as a New Year decoration, so we welcome the Kami 神 (god) of the new year into one’s home.


Home-made bento-lunch by Michiko san (our founders mother!).
Tonjiru 豚汁(miso soup with pork and vegetables) made us warm..

and these traditional Hibachi(火鉢) braziers helped us too.

Shimenawa represents the scene of advent of Kami, derive from Japanese mythology.
Each part of Shimenawa can be described as;
Big main rope= cloud
Shide 紙垂 (washi paper)= thunder = advent of kami
Tiny ropes= rain
Shimenawa is originally dedicated to a shrine to pray for a good harvest, so it is made of rice straw. We still see many shrines in this area as it has rice cultivation culture since long ago.

After purifing Shimenawa by a Shinto priest, and new ones were replaced.


We also went to other related shrines to replace all on the mountain behind the Masue Inari Shrine.

This mountain with shrines are the main location of our International art biennale festival called Itoshima International Art Festival: Itoshima Arts Farm. So artists could see some of previous works used natural materials shown in October 2016.


It was a special seasonal shrine event for the artists to know the relationship between rice harvest culture and Shinto shrines, also to experience the “art”-like cultural objects, customs and the faith in Kami (gods) around this area as well as Japan.


Thank you very much for joining this event, Cai Jun, Eswari and Leonardo!

Announcing Anne-Sophie Guillet’s Exhibition “Komorebi”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Komorebi by Anne-Sophie Guillet on August 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Anne-Sophie Guillet is a French photographer, born in Oxford, UK. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2013 with an MFA in visual arts and photography in Belgium. She currently lives and works in Brussels, BE.

Her work has been shown in various places US, Belgium, Poland, Canada, Australia including Japan in Kobe at the Mt Rokko international photo Festival in 2016. More recently in April 2017, her series Komorebi was exhibited as a solo show in Brussels at the gallery La Part du Feu.

It is her second time at Studio Kura as she already came last summer to develop a new body of work combining photography and videos ( click here for her previous profile page and her exhibition page in 2016). They relate the discovery of a place beyond words, the experience of a new time-space to investigate and live. This work initiated during her stay is entitled Komorebi.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

At this specific moment of the year, all elements become part of our everyday life and rhythm our days. Humidity and heat invite nature to express itself and to spread within an insolent force, by making every attempt of resistance as derisory. Thus it is nature that dictates its rules, presenting itself as a secret to survey. Nature contains intrinsically the hope of an encounter within itself.

Anne-Sophie Guillet “Komorebi”
Date: August 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 26th (Sat), starting at 16:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists, will be also held on the same dates.

Exhibition View




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Announcing Stefano Buro’s Exhibition “今”

We are happy to announce 今 now, an exhibition by Stefano Buro, as a result of his activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Stefano Buro is an animator and illustrator artist based in Verona, Italy.
He completed his Bachelor of Art in Painting at Cignaroli Fine Art School in Verona and he has been working as a freelance artist since 2005.
His works have been shown in galleries, museums and pubs in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Austria. He won the Grand prix européen des jeunes créateurs in Montrouge – France in 2005. He is fascinated by Japanese culture, mainly by calligraphy and ukiyo-e 浮世絵 and in general by signs and signals.
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Studio Kura had visitors from Nishi-Karatsu nursery as a field trip!!!

Hello, everyone!
I am KUSU!!!

It is getting colder and colder, i can not get out from KOTATSU!!

well, I would like to report about NEWS from STUDIO KURA.
We had visitors from Studio Kura had visitors from NISHI-KARATSU nursery as a field trip.
They are students there and walked to STUDIO KURA from IKISAN station with teacher together!
Thanks to all!!!

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Mel Cheong’s Experience : Japanese paper making workshop

HI, this is AYAKO from STUDIO KURA!
This is the report from Mr. KUSU!!!
I translate into ENGLISH and sharing His&residence artist experience here~!

↓here, it is his report!!!! enjoy reading!!!!
Hello, How are you, everyone?
this is TAKUYA KUSU, one of staff at STUDIO KURA.
I am experiencing my first winter in ITOSHIMA…
I am from NOGATA, and Winter here is colder than where i am from.
I can not take off my scarf every day.

Well, today i would like to share the experience of making JAPANESE PAPER.

Current residence Mel, is from Macau, requests to do JAPANESE PAPER MAKING.
Well, why not!!!
SO, I and MIYAMOTO teacher(One of STUDIO KURA STAFF) including MEL, went to a studio「MEISHI KOBO MATSUO」in ONOJYO CITY, FUKUOKA.

A studio is open very quietly, where is surrounding by lots of houses.
Who will miss out this such a nice wood sign.
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Jen’s Map: Studio Kura Surroundings

Jen's Map to Studio Kura Surroundings (contrast fixed)

Current residence artist Jen Hitchings draws a wonderful map, Studio Kura surrounding!!!

No one will get lost to Studio Kura from NOW ON!!!!

From November, we have 4 artists each month.
Definitely, we will be having FUN a lot with everyone.

SO…We bought air conditioners, not only one, THREE of them!!!!
WOW WOW WOW such a investing!!
We have to keep improving the living environment for the residences!!!

Jen Hitchings’s solo exhibition will be starting from 8th NOV,
Opening Party will start from 17pm.

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