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Article on Timespan’s “Ēastre Weekend” Programme for Bijutsutecho Magazine

Naoko Mabon contributed an article to Bijutsutecho magazine (web) reporting Ēastre Weekend programme held at Timespan in Helmsdale over the weekend of 8-9th April. Centred around the launch of photographer Lina Pallotta’s first photography book Porpora, featuring trans activist and writer Porpora Marcasciano, the programme explored experience of transition, resistance, community, celebration and love through an act as a collective process.

To read the article (in Japanese), please click here.
(Please note: there is a small membership fee to read the whole article, but there seems to be a two-week trial for the membership.)

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Closing Event for the exhibition “Relationship Between Mohri Bushiro and Kurobe” at Kurobe City Art Museum 黒部市美術館「毛利武士郎と黒部」展クロージングイベント

黒部市美術館での展示風景。撮影:柳原良平。Installation view from the exhibition “Relationship Between Mohri Bushiro and Kurobe”. Photography: Ryohei Yanagihara.

Naoko Mabon will be speaking at the closing event of the exhibition “Relationship Between Mohri Bushiro and Kurobe”, jointly organised by the Kurobe City Art Museum and the Coelacanth – Bushiro Mohri Memorial Museum, together with Sachiko Yanagihara (Artist, Coelacanth – Bushiro Mohri Memorial Museum) and Chikako Shakudo (Curator at the Kurobe City Art Museum).

黒部市美術館と「シーラカンス 毛利武士郎記念館」の共催で開催中の「毛利武士郎と黒部」展クロージングイベントに、柳原幸子氏(造形作家、シーラカンス 毛利武士郎記念館)、尺戸智佳子氏(黒部市美術館担当学芸員)とともにメイボン尚子が登壇します。

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Article on “On Sonorous Seas” for Bijutsutecho magazine, April 2023 issue

Naoko Mabon has contributed a text to introduce On Sonorous Seas to the latest Bijutsutecho issue (April 2023, special feature: Black Art). Triggered by one stranded whale came ashore at North end of the Isle of Iona, this project explores the impact of military sonar on the marine ecosystem around the Hebrides in Scotland and gives voice to invisible/hard-to-see things in the deep seas.

For more on the issue and to order a copy, please click here.


Celtic Colours / Dathan Ceilteach

Come join us for the exhibition, Celtic Colours: Exploring Local Language through Natural Dyes and Pigments

5 Feb-2 Apr 2023
Open everyday 10am-4pm
Silver Birch Gallery at The Rockfield Centre, Oban

Launch Event: Saturday 4th February, 6pm-8pm

Dathan Ceilteach: A’ Rannsachadh Cànain an Àite tro Dhathan is Lithean Nàdarra

Cinn-là an Taisbeanaidh: Didòmhnaich 5 Gearran gu Didòmhnaich 2 Giblean
Àite: Gailearaidh na Beithe; Ionad Achadh na Creige, An t-Òban
Fosgailte 10m. gu 4f., A h-uile latha

Tachartas fosglaidh: Disathairne 4 Gearran, 6f. gu 8.f

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Torry Ecomuseum Project “Torry-Yubari Exchange” Second Season トリー・エコミュージアム・プロジェクト「トリーと夕張の交流」第二季

Torry Ecomuseum Project “Torry-Yubari Exchange” Second Season

To go to the Instagram account of Torry-Yubari Exchange, please click here.
For more on Torry Ecomuseum Project, please click here.


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Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History

Such an honour and pleasure to be included in the Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History amongst other experts with a paper “International Conglomerate: Collaborations of Ilana Halperin and Naoko Mabon Between Scotland and Japan”.

Many congratulations and thank you very much to all the organising, editing, reviewing and designing team at the Scottish Society for Art History, and of course, to Ilana. Thank you also Dr Leslie Mabon of the School of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University, for support with proofreading and with English language phrasing.

Journal launch event (online) is planned in January 2023.
For more on the Scottish Society for Art History, please click here.


2022 season of EcoCreative Cluster

© Deborah Gray Textiles

EcoCreatives: Nurturing Creativity, Piece by Piece is the second season of the EcoCreative Cluster, which connects practitioners and practices focusing on nature-based materials and natural dyeing techniques. Over the course of 2022, there have been various collaborative activities taken place, including the dye garden development, skill-sharing workshops and online conversations with dye practitioners across the world.

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TOA Film Club Oban

TOA Film Club Oban, 6x monthly environmental justice film screenings + discussions (from September 2022 to March 2023, apart from December) to nurture momentum and empower more actions from Oban towards a fairer and more sustainable world, begins Friday 30 September 2022.

6.30pm at Oban Phoenix Cinema (Screen2). £3 each, all welcome. (January screening starts 10.15am)
You can book your ticket at Oban Phoenix Cinema’s website:

Each screening is followed by an approx. 30min relaxed group discussion/reflection around the film. This is supported by Dr Leslie Mabon (Lecturer in Environmental Systems, Open University) who is an expert in the topic of climate change in the coastal community and environmental justice context.

TOA Film Club Oban is led by WAGON with support from Oban Youth Cafe and Oban Phoenix Cinema. Part of the Film Club programme of Take One Action Film Festivals.

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VACMA Award: An Cùrsa Inntrigidh at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Naoko Mabon has been awarded the VACMA 21/22 (Argyll & Bute) through CHARTS (supported by funders Argyll and Bute Council and Creative Scotland). This support enables Naoko to enrol on a supported distance learning Gaelic course by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands, to listen and respond to often invisible and historically underrepresented voices and issues of specific localities.

To read more on the VACMA 21/22 awardees and their projects, please click here.

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Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) – with works by Yoshihisa Nakano and Keijiro Suzuki

© Michihiro Ota

“What might shift in our understanding of and relationship with geology and geological time, if we imagine ourselves as part of the rock cycle? As part of a deep time calcium carbonate family tree from coral, limestone and marble to our teeth and bones?” − Ilana Halperin

The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) is a cross-disciplinary exhibition connecting Yamaguchi, in Japan, and Orkney, in Scotland.

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The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) at Orkney International Science Festival

As part of this year’s Orkney International Science Festival, there will be an afternoon of activities focusing on the exhibition The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) at The Pier Arts Centre on Saturday 3 September, 2.00-4.30pm.

Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) is a cross-disciplinary project connecting Yamaguchi, in Japan, and Orkney, curated by Naoko Mabon. The exhibition features new works from Halperin, developed both in Japan and Scotland, alongside thematically resonant works by Yamaguchi-based artists Yoshihisa Nakano and Keijiro Suzuki.

The event involves talks from Halperin and geologist Dr John Flett Brown, as well as exhibition tour with artists and “wind” themed field workshop by Suzuki. The admission for the event is £10 and spaces are limited, so booking is essential through the Orkney International Science Festival website:

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Stitching Wonder

Naoko Mabon will be acting as an interpreter in the upcoming Stitching Wonder workshop on Saturday 30th July 2022, 6-8pm (AEST, GMT +10), which is part of the Storytelling Cushions project of artist Tomoko Kōnoike. Storytelling Cushions has been evolved from Storytelling Table Runner, a long-running project that Kōnoike has been conducting since 2014. This hybrid in-person/online workshop is jointly organised and hosted by the Festival Of The Fantastic In Australian And Japanese Arts, and The Japan Foundation, Sydney‘s exhibition Storymakers in Contemporary Japanese Art (curated by Emily Wakeling and Mayako Murai).

For more information about the workshop and book a free ticket, please click here.

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Climate Action Points Poster

Climate Action Points poster was designed and printed as part of the series of activities supported and delivered by Mandate Climate Action Fund of Scottish Contemporary Art Network & Engage Scotland.

These action points and questions were raised during the Climate Fresk workshops (co-)facilitated by Naoko Mabon in February-June 2022 across Scotland: Edinburgh, Helmsdale, Iona and online.

A few physical posters in A2 are still remaining, and a printable digital format is available on request. If you are interested in receiving them, please feel free to contact.

Climate Fresk is a participatory and creative workshop of collective intelligence that aims to engage people on climate change. Based on a 42-card game developed from the scientific reports of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Climate Fresk explains the complex links between causes and consequences of climate change, and empowers actions.

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Climate Fresk on Iona

Naoko Mabon is facilitating a Climate Fresk workshop on Iona. At the Iona Village Hall on Thursday 16 June 2022, 2pm. It is a free, 2-hour workshop, best suited for people over 14 years of age. Place is limited (up to 8 people) – please book here.

Organisational support generously given by Heinz Toller and Iona Village Hall Community Trust. Supported and delivered by SCAN and Engage Scotland.

Climate Fresk is a participatory and creative workshop of collective intelligence that aims to engage people on climate change. Based on a 42-card game developed from the IPCC reports, this workshop explains the complex links between causes and consequences of climate change, and empowers actions. For more on the Climate Fresk, please click here.

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Climate Fresk with TYCI at Timespan

Naoko Mabon is running a Climate Fresk workshop with the youth club programme at Timespan in Helmsdale. On Thursday 21 April, a day before Earth Day 2022. This activity is supported by the Mandate Climate Action Fund of SCAN and Engage Scotland.

Climate Fresk is a participatory and creative workshop of collective intelligence that aims to engage people on climate change. Based on a 42-card game developed from the IPCC reports, this workshop explains the complex links between causes and consequences of climate change, and empowers actions. For more on the Climate Fresk, please click here.

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Tomoko Konoike: Storytelling Table Runner for Japan Quality and The Drouth

Naoko Mabon contributed a text on Tomoko Konoike’s Storytelling Table Runner project to Japan Quality magazine (web version). The text is based on Naoko’s experience as a translator/mediator in the June-2021 event featuring the project as part of Neighbouring programme of Glasgow International. 

The same text has been also featured in The Drouth, the host platform of the Neighbouring programme. 

Warmest thanks go to: Akane Nakamori at Suisei-Art; Japan Quality magazine; Tomoko Konoike; Mayako Murai; Yuko Shoji; Johnny Rodger at The Drouth; Glasgow International; and all the event organisers and participants namely: Mónica Laiseca; Carol Dunn; Jessica Holdengarde; Megan Lucille Boettcher; and Stefanie Cheong.

To read the piece in the Japan Quality, please click here.
To read the piece in The Drouth, please click here

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Heritage Horizon: Oban Heritage of Colours

Undertaken by Naoko Mabon (curator) and Deborah Gray (textile artist), Oban Heritage of Colours explores the dyeing and growing heritage of Oban, and the origins and heritage of the dye plants growing in the Dye Garden at The Rockfield Centre, Oban. The project is culminated with an interactive digital map of historical growing sites, a collection of writings and pictures of dye plants at the Dye Garden, a natural dyeing workshop and a future potential for guided walks. Presented by The Rockfield Centre in Oban as part of Heritage Horizon programme of CHArts with support from Scottish Power Foundation.

For more on the project, please visit:

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Scotland and Japan Conference

Naoko Mabon together with Ilana Halperin will present what has been brought out from our collaborations to date between Scotland and Japan in the “Scotland and Japan Conference”. This two-day international conference on 10-11 February has been organised by the Scottish Society for Art History (SSAH) in partnership with The National Museum of Japanese History among all other colleagues and experts.

For more on the conference and to book a ticket, please click here.

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Mandate Climate Action Fund

Naoko Mabon among other creative practitioners has been awarded the Mandate Climate Action Fund, delivered in partnership between SCAN & Engage Scotland and supported by Creative Scotland. The fund is designed to help SCAN and Engage members undertake training with a climate or sustainability focus, develop creative activity with a sustainability focus or acquire materials that support climate adaptation in their creative practice.

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“Not From Here” – Sluice Magazine Autumn 2021

Naoko Mabon has contributed to Not From Here, Sluice magazine’s Autumn 2021 issue. To respond to the theme of the issue “immigrants”, Naoko wrote a text around the 2018 project in São Paulo entitled Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan, which explored the identity of Nipo-Brazilian, developed through a process and consequence of the physical movement of people (featured work by: Juliana Kase; Takanori Suga; Detanico Lain; Satoshi Hashimoto; Hikaru Fujii).

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Naoko Mabon has been invited to be one of the panels in the reflection event “TOTEM LATAMAT and COP26”, exploring the meaning of the totem’s journey to COP26, and its presence at The Hidden Gardens in Glasgow.

TOTEM LATAMAT by Totonac artist Jun Tiburcio, has travelled over 9000km from Mexico to the UK to finally get to Glasgow, for the duration of COP26 and will be in The Hidden Gardens between 28 October – 14 November.

A panel from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds, who have different but complementary perspectives on Climate Change, will explore the meaning of the totem’s journey to COP26, and its presence at The Hidden Gardens. This will be an engaging and lively conversation, that will enable reflections post COP26.

To book your free ticket, please visit the Eventbrite page.

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Torry Ecomuseum Project Celebratory Open Day: Exhibition and Coastal Walk

Join Torry Ecomuseum Project‘s celebratory open day involving an exhibition and a coastal walk to mark the completion of the 2021 edition of the project.

  • Exhibition 12-4pm (opening remarks 12pm)
  • Coastal Walk at 12.30pm (approx.2.5h walk)

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, but the place is limited so booking is essential through Eventbrite page:

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CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones Residency

Naoko Mabon has been invited to conduct this year’s CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones Residency. Click here for more details.

✳︎“How can we collaboratively activate the intertidal zones as a forum for critically thinking about and taking actions towards the climate crisis?”

✳︎“How can we approach, understand and share the complex ecology, stories, heritage and challenges around the intertidal zones in an inclusive way?”

As part of the new On Tidal Zones Residency launched by Skye-based ATLAS Arts and CLIMAVORE of Cooking Sections, Oban-based curator Naoko Mabon will explore these questions through a practice-led action research in her own locale during the summer 2021.

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“Neighbouring in Deep Time” for The Drouth

Naoko Mabon was commissioned by The Drouth to write a piece on the ongoing project Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) in relation to their Neighbouring project (15-18 June 2021 as part of Glasgow International).

My warmest thanks go to: The Drouth, Prof. Johnny Rodger, Ilana Halperin and all our Japanese and Scottish collaborators. To read Naoko’s piece please click here.

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“Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi)” Book Launch Event 「イラナ・ハルペリン:ロックサイクル(ヤマグチ)」アーティストブック完成記念イベント

Join us for a talk and discussion to celebrate the launch of the new publication “Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi)”. 10.30am (BST) Saturday 1st May 2021 via Zoom (English language). Hosted by The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness on Orkney. Free, book here:

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Torry Ecomuseum Project トリー・エコミュージアム・プロジェクト

Photographs by: David Fryer (Cave of Red Rocks, and Girdle Ness Lighthouse); Yvette Bathgate (summer swim, and screenshot from video of dolphin jump); Jake Shepherd (rest during a coastal walk); Naoko Mabon (Victoria Bridge with a rowing boat on River Dee)

It is delighted to announce that Torry Ecomuseum Project, for which WAGON is a part of the management team, has been launched on Saturday 23rd January 2021. You can watch the virtual launch event (via Facebook Live) here.
WAGONが企画運営に関わる「トリー・エコミュージアム・プロジェクト」2021年1月23日にスタートしました。Facebook Live経由で行われたオープン記念のバーチャルイベントはこちらでご覧いただけます。

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Attempts in Nameless Days × WAGON

Snap from the field workshop led by Keijiro Suzuki. At Akiyoshidai Plateau in Mine City of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 24th of February in 2019, 3-4pm. As part of Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) project

WAGON is delighted to announce that, together with the Yamaguchi-based artist Keijiro Suzuki, we have launched a new relational community project Attempts in Nameless Days × WAGON. The first task is: ”Take a picture of the full moon and share it”. Please feel free to participate by sharing your full moon photo here.

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Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi) イラナ・ハルペリン:ロックサイクル(ヤマグチ)

Ilana Halperin: The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi)
A cross-disciplinary project between Yamaguchi and Scotland

自然科学×現代美術 リサーチとアウトリーチによる
「イラナ・ハルペリン:ロックサイクル(ヤマグチ)− 山口とスコットランドをつなぐ領域横断プロジェクト」

(Beautiful flyer designed by Graphical House – thank you!)

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国際交流基金サンパウロ日本文化センターによるインタビュー | Entrevista da Fundação Japão São Paulo | Interview by Japan Foundation Sao Paulo

国際交流基金サンパウロ日本文化センターの副所長・山雄起さんによる「Kyojitsu-Hiniku − 日本の皮膚と肉体のはざま」展のインタビューが掲載されました。
Entrevista extensiva de Yuki Yama, da Japan Foundation Sao Paulo, sobre o projeto ‘Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Sob A Pele – Sobre A Carne Do Japão’, no ano passado, para os 110 anos de Imigração Japonesa no Brasil.
Extensive interview by Yuki Yama of Japan Foundation Sao Paulo on ‘Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan’ project last year for The 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil.

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Participatory Performative Workshop by Satoshi Hashimoto, as part of Free Association

Satoshi Hashimoto ‘Watching Movies with Ropes’ 2018, ropes, video monitor, audience. Hans & Fritz Contemporary, Barcelona.

Curator Naoko Mabon will be hosting Free Association’s November session. Naoko has invited Tokyo based artist, activist, curator and researcher Satoshi Hashimoto to hold an audience-participatory performative workshop within the cinema at CCA.

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‘Nice to See You Again?’ – Stories and Tea with Naoko Mabon and Sayuri Kida

An afternoon event of stories and Japanese tea. Two Japan-born creative practitioners – Aberdeen-based curator Naoko Mabon and Tokyo-based writer Sayuri Kida, who is currently residing in Edinburgh – will host and share stories that draw on their experience and reflect the essence and focus of the exhibition ‘Treasure’ by Stacey Hunter at The Suttie Arts Space of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. Specifically, they will speak about the hospitable, generous, sharing, and caring gesture and form in Japanese culture. The stories will be followed by sharing Japanese tea and sweets with the audience.

All the elements within this event will be a reflection of the idea of ‘Ichi-go Ichi-e’. This is a concept developed through Japanese tea ceremony practice, describing the idea that ”the moment we share with particular people at a particular place is unique, and never comes back again”.

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Aberdeen // Yubari

Daniel Isaac Jimenez, Miami, FL

’Aberdeen // Yubari’ is a new printmaking project connecting the community and context of two cities built around energy – Aberdeen, Scotland and Yubari, Japan.

「アバディーン // 夕張」は石油・ガスの街として栄えてきたスコットランド・アバディーンと、炭鉱の町として栄えた北海道・夕張市という遠く離れた二都市をつなぐ版画制作プロジェクトです。

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The Curator’s Workshop: Shadow Curator

The Curator’s Workshop is a monthly discussion group, run by Glasgow-based curator Francesca Zappia, open to curators, artists, writers, researchers, students and other arts professionals as well as amateurs interested in a critical reflection around curatorial practices (exhibitions, displays, discursive and performative forms, public engagement…) and related theory. The Curator’s Workshop aims to be a platform open to different perspectives of research and will invite a new professional each month to share material and reflections in order to foster new discussions.

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SONIC // ART // BOTANICAL GARDEN – Artist talk by I Chen Lai & audio performance by Silent Chaos

Artist talk by I Chen Lai & audio performance by Silent Chaos

Coordinated by WAGON

Date: Saturday 1st June 2019
Time: 3.30-5.00pm
Venue: Education Room (next to the Japanese Garden), David Welch Winter Gardens, Duthie Park (AB11 7TH)

Inviting different artistic practices and approaches, this event aims to revisit the concept and space of botanical garden. We also hope to develop the experimental capacity of the creative scene in Aberdeen.

Free, anyone welcome. Refreshments provided (**this is a free event but since all involved are independent practitioners, donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. You can make a donation here:

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