World of Urushi
An International Urushi Lacquer Art Exhibition and Symposium
世界のうるし −装飾と造形−
 
Tokyo University of the Arts in conjunction with the Asian Lacquer Crafts Exchange Research Project will hold the “World of Urushi” – an art exhibition and symposium on international lacquer art. The Forum’s focus is on exchanging knowledge about urushi itself, urushi lacquer arts, crafts, and techniques as well as the challenges facing this wonderful substance as a medium for artistic and creative expression.

Dates: Exhibition: 26 September - 25 October 2020
           Symposium: 26 - 27 September
Venue: The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
Program: 1- Exhibition, 2- Lectures, 3-Poster Session, 4. Demonstrations, 5-Workshops, 6-Study Tours 

150 artworks will be exhibited from the urushi nations of East and Southeast Asia as well as from Germany, France, Spain, Russia, the UK, and USA. A wide range of decorative and object artwork as well as lacquer painting and lacquerware will be exhibited.
 
The lectures discuss the current state and the future of lacquer arts, crafts, education and culture. The demonstrations introduce lacquer techniques while the workshops allow hands-on practice of these techniques. The panel discussion facilitates dialogue on the future of lacquer arts and industry, while the poster session highlights specific issues and current research. The study tours will afford participants the opportunity to learn more about lacquer arts and crafts in Japan. Artists, artisans, and experts from many nations will participate.
 
Download - Information of World of Urushi.pdf
 
About the Poster Session
Download - Guideline of Poster Session.pdf
 
Tokyo University of the Arts Urushi Arts Department has expanded its contacts with artists around the world. Importantly, it has developed inter-university exchange programs with ASEAN nations. Since 2005, the Asian Lacquer Crafts Research Exchange Project has conducted exchange programs in Southeast Asian nations. The forum is a continuation of this project.
 
We encourage everyone interested Urushi arts, craft, industry, science, restoration, and education to attend.

 
More detailed information on the art exhibition, poster session, other program events and registration as well as program changes will be posted regularly. Please check the Project website <http://asian-urushi.com>
 
Exhibition: Artist and artwork were chosen by the organizing committee.
 
Symposium Registration: All participants, whether exhibiting artwork or not, need to register for the symposium. Registration will open on 1 June 2020. There will be a registration fee.
 
Other Fees: There will be “materials fees” for the workshops and a “participation fee” for the study tour. Registration for these events are on a first-come, first-served basis. Fees have not yet been determined. Please check the Forum website for updates.
 
Please address questions or queries to the Forum Executive Committee.
Contact: World Urushi Forum Executive Committee
e-mail: info@urushi2020.tokyo  URL: http://urushi2020.tokyo