This project now has its dedicated section on the website and everything is moving along. The catalogue is almost ready to go off for printing and looks terrific. All the artists have written in Japanese and English about their understanding of what is Kawaii, which is really interesting to read, particularly as there are as many understandings of Kawaii as there are artists in the exhibition! There are also contributions from Jessica Litherland, Senior Exhibitions Officer at Rugby Art Gallery, our partner venue, who is very knowledgeable about Kawaii and who has been incredibly helpful to me as I learnt about the various and many aspects of the culture; and from Mikako Sawada, a Japanese freelance journalist with a keen interest in Kawaii.
The stop press on the exhibition is that exhibiting artist Minako Nishiyama will be undertaking a residency at UCA Farnham for the two weeks before the exhibition. During this time she will create her installation of sugar paste roses. She will also be giving a lecture about her work - date and time to be announced here.