2015 > Kawaii: crafting the Japanese culture of cute

The exhibition 'Kawaii - crafting the Japanese culture of cute' brings together 15 Japanese artists who are using traditional craft skills to translate, comment upon and engage with all aspects of Kawaii.

30 October - 12 December 2015
Monday to Friday 10am -5pm, Saturday 10am -4pm, closed Sunday

James Hockey & Foyer Galleries, UCA Farnham
Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS

Education Programme - Kawaii: crafting the Japanese culture of cute

October 16th-29th

Minako Nishiyama begins her Artist in Residence at UCA Farnham during which she will create her sugar installation for the exhibition. During her residency she will give a presentation about her work and run a workshop.

October 17th: Workshop and presentation at Squires Kitchen, Farnham

October 21st -: Workshop UCA Farnham

October 28th: Presentation UCA Farnham

Gendai-bijutsu nitouhei

October 28th: Presentation UCA Farnham

October 30th

'Kawaii as a button' seminar organised in collaboration with the Japan Foundation in London.

Artists Minako Nishiyama, Mitusuo Toyazaki and the duo Gendai-bijutsu nitouhei talk about their work and their views about the culture of kawaii. the event is Chaired by Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre at UCA.

The event will run from 6pm - 8pm in London at Kensington Town Hall

November 11th

'Responding to Kawaii' led by Yuwei Lin and Soile Mottisenkangas.

11am - 3pm at UCA Farnham

November 13th

'Contemporary craft and popular culture' led by Lesley Millar and Diana Harrison

11am - 3pm at UCA Farnham

Curators Tours

Public - Saturdays
31st October, 21st November, 28th November, 5th December. All at 1pm
17th  November at 10.30 am and 12.30 pm
25th November at 12.00 and 2.00 pm
2nd December at 10.00 am and 2.00 pm
Booking essential.

Schools - Booked as required.Curators Tours

For further information and booking: lmillar@ucreative.ac.uk

Rugby Museum and Art Gallery Education Programme

16th February 10.30 am – 12.30 pm


In this workshop we will use balloons to make anything from animals to ice cream cones using drawing skills and recycled materials to explore what is and isn’t cute.

17th February 2.00pm – 4.00 pm

Drop-in activity, all ages

Taking inspiration from the Kawaii exhibition  make your own bag to take home.

20th February11.00am – 2.30pm

The Kawaii !!? Free event day

  • A workshop with exhibiting artist in residence Mikiko Minewaki
  • Manga and anime drawing workshops.
  • Kawaii cupcake decorating workshop with Cakes Fabulous Cakes. Hair, make up and nail makeovers
  • Cosplay competition
  • Plushie making

22nd and 23rd February  

Workshop with Mikiko Minewaki

Workshop with artist in residence Mikiko Minewaki creating structural wearable jewellery using toys 

3rd March

Seminar led by Lesley Millar and Jessica Hartshorn - 11.00am - 2.00pm

Curators tour 10.00 am and 2.00pm

24th March 2.00pm – 4.00 pm

Kawaii Pom Pom Pets - Drop-in activity, all ages

Be inspired by our Kawaii exhibition, and create cute Easter bunnies and chicks with a fluffy pom pom tummy, exploring the traditional techniques.  

24th March 2.00pm – 4.00 pm

Kawaii Brooches and Nails - Drop-in activity, all ages

Make yourown character brooch with Kawaii features and designs inspired by the exhibition.

Nail Artist will create Kawaii nail art on visitors.

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