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‘Aberdeen // Yubari’ is a cultural exchange between two cities built around energy – Aberdeen, Scotland and Yubari, Japan.
The exchange originated in a series of activities conducted in 2018 by Naoko Mabon, Aberdeen-based curator, and Manami Sato, Director of Shimizusawa Project in Yubari, in cooperation with Dr Leslie Mabon (Robert Gordon University) and Peacock Visual Arts, and supported by the partnership funds of British Council and Creative Scotland. Building on the 2018 activities, the team is now setting up a new printmaking project involving their community and context, with support from Peacock Visual Arts and Creative Funding of Aberdeen City Council.
「アバディーン // 夕張」はエネルギー産業によって成された遠い国の二都市 − スコットランド・アバディーン、北海道夕張市 − をつなぐ文化交流の試みです。
この交流は2018年にメイボン尚子（アバディーン在住キュレーター）と佐藤真奈美（一般社団法人 清水沢プロジェクト 代表）がレズリー・メイボン博士（ロバートゴードン大学）とピーコック・ビジュアル・アーツの協力、そしてブリティッシュ・カウンシルとクリエイティブ・スコットランドの助成を受け両都市で行った活動を機に始まりました。2018年の成果を基盤に、この度運営チームは、アバディーン市からの助成とピーコック・ビジュアル・アーツの協力を受け、再び両地の人々や文脈に寄り添いながら行う新たな版画制作プロジェクトを行います。
Naoko Mabon (as WAGON) has been invited to a panel discussion ‘Tipping Point’ in Assembly Aberdeen – where will be speaking alongside D2 and Kirsty Russell (as Underpinning) on ‘strategies to further build endurance and stability within Aberdeen’s growing grassroots community’.
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.
SONIC // ART // BOTANICAL GARDEN
Artist talk by I Chen Lai & audio performance by Silent Chaos
Coordinated by WAGON
Date: Saturday 1st June 2019
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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sonic-art-botanical-garden-by-i-chen-lai-silent-chaos-tickets-61430142209)
Peacock Associates is Scotland’s first fully-funded Curatorial Fellowship for visual arts.
Naoko Mabon was commissioned by LUX Scotland to write a piece reflecting on On Sharing, Separations, an evening event between artist Tako Taal and curator Seán Elder. The event was held last November at W OR M of Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, as part of LUX Scotland’s pilot programme of events in Aberdeen, supported by Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Funding Programme.
Thank you LUX Scotland, Tako and Sean for this wonderful opportunity.
To read Naoko’s piece please click here.
WAGON is delighted to announce The Rock Cycle (Yamaguchi), a new cross-disciplinary international project with Glasgow-based artist Ilana Halperin between Yamaguchi/Japan and Scotland/UK.
この度 WAGON はグラスゴー在住のアーティスト、イラナ・ハルペリンとともに山口とスコットランドをつなぐ領域横断プロジェクト「ロックサイクル（ヤマグチ）」を行います。
Naoko Mabon contributed a writing piece on a Japanese sculptor Bushiro Mohri (1923-2004) for the website of JAPAN Quality magazine.
Warmest thanks go to Akane Nakamori, JAPAN Quality, Asuka Mohri, Masaki Yanagihara, Sachiko Yanagihara, Ryouhei Yanagihara, Coelacanth – Bushiro Mohri Memorial Museum, Concept Space, Satoshi Mouri, and Leslie Mabon.
To read the piece, please click here.
The one week site-visit in Aberdeen by Manami Sato from Shimizusawa Project in Yubari in Hokkaido has been successfully finished (13th-19th November 2018). To form their town and community, Shimizusawa Project hosts a number of community based activities highlighting Yubari’s coal mine heritage.
Thanks to the generous support and advice from the Sculptor Yutaka Toyota and Osamu Matsuo of Bunkyo, we just delivered work by Takanori Suga A Blank Sign “Dripping Project in São Paulo” to the Sports Center Kokushikan Daigaku in São Roque of São Paulo. Thank you so much to all the people who gave us warm support and advice towards the production, storage – and future re-installing. We very much look forward to seeing this piece in the near future.
WAGON is thrilled to announce its new project Kyojitsu-Hiniku: Between the Skin and the Flesh of Japan, a contemporary art exhibition dedicated to 110 Years of Japanese Immigration in Brazil. The exhibition features works by Juliana Kase, Takanori Suga, Detanico Lain, Satoshi Hashimoto and Hikaru Fujii at the Pavilhão Japonês in the Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil.
Aberdeen-based Japanese independent curator Naoko Mabon will share findings and experience from her recent trip to Japan. This includes a new development of artist exchange projects in Aberdeen between Yubari-city and Nagasaki-city in Japan. This event is primarily for Peacock Visual Arts’ Associate members but the door is open for anyone who is interested in the topic.
19 June 2018, 4.30–5.30pm
W OR M (11 Castle Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ)
Facebook event page
NY-born Glasgow-based artist Ilana Halperin has conducted a two week field research residency as part of the 2018 Residence Fellowship Program of Akiyoshidai International Art Village from 16 May – 29 May 2018.
WAGON is delighted to announce In Praise of Shadows, the first two-person exhibition between Atsuo Hukuda (b.1958, Hokkaido) and Alan Johnston (b.1945, Edinburgh) in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Hosted by Suisei-Art, a project space based in a historical Kanazawa Machiya building. Curated by Naoko Mabon.
[Image] Jack Davidson | down the road to ecstasy | 2016 | oil on canvas | 65 x 54 cm | Courtesy of the artist and Tat Art Barcelona
WAGON is delighted to announce Jack Davidson: Show and Tell, a showcase of work by Jack Davidson (b.1958, Aberdeen).
Curated by Naoko Mabon. Presented by Peacock Visual Arts as part of W OR M / OPEN programme.
Supported by Aberdeen City Council and Robert Gordon University.
Naoko Mabon has been selected, alongside other seven Scottish-based curators, for the Curators’ Visit to Japan. Led by British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland, this scoping trip has an aim to develop long-term and even more vibrant partnerships between Scotland and Japan into the future.
◆ Follow Mabon’s daily photo report here: scottish-curators-to-japan.tumblr.com
この度、未来に向け末長く、より活発なパートナシップを構築するため ブリティッシュ・カウンシル・スコットランド と、スコットランド政府の文化芸術機関である クリエイティブ・スコットランド が主催する、日本へのキュレーターズビジットにメイボン尚子が選抜されました。メイボンを含むスコットランドで活動する８名のキュレーターが、2017年10月、横浜・東京を中心に日本のアートシーンを訪ねます。
◆ こちらでメイボンによる毎日更新予定の フォトレポート（バイリンガル） をご覧いただけます。
Mabon will share findings from her recent residency in São Paulo in Guests @ Gray’s, lecture series with invited professionals in art, design and culture at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen on 13th October. She will then invite Coordinators of Überbau_house – Jorge Sepúlveda T. (Independent Curator and Critic, from Chile) and Guillermina Bustos (Artist and Independent Researcher, from Argentina) – to talk about their activities as autonomous initiative in Latin American contemporary art field.
Guests @ Gray’s
‘Residency Report: one-month contemporary art research residency at Überbau_house in São Paulo, Brazil’
Friday 13th October 2017, 1-2pm
Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Speaker: Naoko Mabon (guest speakers over Skype: Jorge Sepúlveda T. and Guillermina Bustos of Überbau_house)
Please visit Mabon’s daily photo report during her residency here: one-month-in-sao-paulo.tumblr.com
Naoko Mabon will conduct a one-month research residency at Überbau_house in São Paulo from 31st August to 28th September 2017.
Follow Mabon’s daily photo report here: one-month-in-sao-paulo.tumblr.com
We are happy to announce that copies of Ilana Halperin’s ‘Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana)’ are now stocked at The Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop in Edinburgh and Aye-Aye Books in CCA, Glasgow.
A writing piece Leaves Without Routes: 根も葉も無い by Naoko Mabon is included in the latest issue of Cha, the first Hong Kong-based English online literary journal founded in 2007 as part of a programme at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Our warmest thanks go to: everyone at Cha, Tammy Ho, Prof Kyoko Yoshida, Yasunori Kawamatsu, Yuki Okumura, Kaori Yamashita, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, I-Chern Lai, Yu Hua Chen, Keting Kurt Chen, Wei-hsiu Wu, Taipei Botanical Garden, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association, Prof Kenji Horigome, MISAKO & ROSEN, Dr Leslie Mabon, among others.
Click here to view the text by Naoko.
For more on the exhibition Leaves Without Routes: 根も葉も無い, please click here.
Courtesy of the artist, Patricia Fleming Projects and WAGON. Photography: Sachiyo Ando.
Scottish exhibition and event for ‘Ilana Halperin: Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana)’ will be held at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen.
WAGON is delighted to announce Leaves Without Routes: 根も葉も無い, an art exhibition featuring work by four Japanese contemporary artists – Yasunori Kawamatsu, Yuki Okumura, Nobuyuki Yamamoto and Kaori Yamashita – at Nan-Men Ting 323 (南門町三二三), a Japanese style house originally built in 1930s during the Japanese colonial period within Taipei Botanical Garden in Taiwan.
WAGON is delighted to announce the group exhibition Mediated Existence, which features work by Joseph Calleja, I-Chern Lai and Katie Paterson at sleeper gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The resulting exhibition of Ilana Halperin: Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana), which launched last Autumn, will be held in Kannawa, Beppu. Meet the artist Ilana Halperin and newly formed her geothermal sculptures.
WAGON is delighted to announce the exhibition Atsuo Hukuda + Shuhei Fukuda: RYUHA = Inheritance of School of Art and Inheritance of Style of Art, which will be held at sleeper in Edinburgh.
WAGON is delighted to announce Bushiro Mohri: ‘Message from Mr. A, No 4’ – Work and Document. This exhibition will be held at AIS GALLERY in Gunma, Japan as part of CONCEPT SPACE The 35th Anniversary Programme No.2・AIS GALLERY 2016 Project No.17・【Born in 1982 – 1】.
Naoko Mabon is invited to SSW Public Talk, a series of open talks to accompany SSW’s Summer AiR programme. In this Naoko will share her curatorial practice with the wider community.
SSW Public Talk: Naoko Mabon
Independent Curatorial Practice from North East Scotland: The Case of Naoko Mabon
Friday 24th June 2016, 7-8pm
Scottish Sculpture Workshop (1 Main Street, Lumsden, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 4JN)
Free, all welcome
For more details on the exhibition please click here.
The fifth on-site photo report by BEPPU PROJECT is now up.
To view the photo report #5, please click here.
Exterior of Duff House, image courtesy: Duff House, photography: Donald MacLeod
WAGON is delighted to announce the exhibition Atsuo Hukuda: SUKI-MONO: Ways Since Rin-pa – Duff House, which marks the first major solo exhibition of Japanese conceptual sculptor Atsuo Hukuda held in Northern Scotland.
Naoko Mabon is invited to talk in Artists’ Talk as part of the exhibition あ い ま い な : am big you us held in Dundee.
This multi-layered, cross-cultural exhibition will combines solo displays by three Japanese artists – 1984/48 by Yasunori Kawamatsu, tempera | ambiguous | painting by Nobuyuki Yamamoto, and a showcase by a Jewellery Designer/Maker Sayoko Kobayashi.
Curated by Lada Wilson
Artists’ Talk as part of あ い ま い な : am big you us
Sunday 12 June 2016, 3pm-
Meadow Mill Projects (4th floor, Meadow Mill, West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee DD1 5BY)
Free, all welcome
For more details on the exhibition please click here.
Naoko Mabon is invited to give a talk at Sanki Bunko. She will share her view towards curatorial practices based on her recent, on-going and upcoming international projects.
Sanki Bunko is a private library of more than 20,000 books collected by an art critic/historian Prof Hitoshi Mori. In this beautiful Taisho era Kanazawa Machiya building situated by the Asano River in Kanazawa, artist Akane Nakamori (Suisei-Art) together with Prof Mori is curating a number of international art/cultural programmes.
Curator’s Talk Vol.1: Naoko Mabon
Sunday 24 April 2016, 3-5pm
Sanki Bunko (5-27, Sakura-machi, Kanazawa 920-0923 Japan)
Free, all welcome
For more information please visit Sanki Bunko website
Progress Report #4 – Ilana Halperin: Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana)
The fifth on-site photo report by BEPPU PROJECT is now up.
To view the photo report #4, please click here.
The third on-site photo report by BEPPU PROJECT is now up.
To view the photo report #3, please click here.
Naoko Mabon is invited to give a lecture at Guests @ Gray’s, a regular lecture series from invited professionals in art, design and culture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
Naoko will share her view and approach to work as an independent curator in Aberdeen, a city to which she is foreign, based on her experience and perspective through her recent, on-going and upcoming curatorial practices in the city, region, nation or beyond.
Friday 26th February 2016 at 1.00pm
Lecture Theatre SB42
Garthdee House Annexe, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
Open to all
For more information please click here
Naoko Mabon has been invited to contribute to Roger Ackling: Between the Lines, the first comprehensive overview of the work and teaching of the late British artist Roger Ackling (1947–2014). Edited by Emma Kalkhoven, published by Occasional Papers.
The second on-site photo report for Ilana Halperin: Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) by BEPPU PROJECT is now up. BEPPU PROJECTさんより第二回目となる「イラナ・ハルペリン：地質学的むつまじさ（湯の花）」の現地フォトレポートが届きました。
To view the photo report #2, please click here.
The first on-site photo report for our ongoing project Ilana Halperin: Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) by BEPPU PROJECT is now up. 今回「イラナ・ハルペリン：地質学的むつまじさ（湯の花）」プロジェクトをパートナーとしてサポートしていただいているBEPPU PROJECTさんより第一回目の現地フォトレポートが届きました。
To view the photo report #1, please click here.
Two solo exhibitions by one of the most celebrated Japanese artists Tatsuo Kawaguchi will be held at Sankibunko in Kanazawa and Coelacanth – Bushiro Mohri Memorial Museum in Toyama in Japan at the same time from 23 Oct – 16 Nov 2015.
To coincide with the showcases, a new Japanese-English bilingual exhibition catalogue will be published – for which Naoko Mabon is a part of the production team as a translator.
In partnership with Seventeen and Robert Gordon University, SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Arts Network) and WAGON are delighted to invite you to an afternoon of open discussion.
Nice Dream is an open discussion organised by Grampian Hospital Art Trust (GHAT) and WAGON featuring three speakers who are working within specific contexts to integrate arts into the day-to-day experience of people.
Torry Sound Project: Navigations is a new Artist-in-Residency project hosted by sonADA as part of the programme at Seventeen. WAGON is also helping the delivery of the project.
Naoko Mabon has been invited to a talk event as part of RINKOU-KAKU PROJECT 2015.
WAGON is delighted to announce its very first curatorial project A to/from B, a year-long art/cultural interchange project launched on the 1st September 2014.
As a liaison, WAGON has been helping the Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival organiser to collaborate with a Scottish designer Karen Mabon for their eighth festival PR design. And here we are!
Container for Art, Container for Ideas.
Thomas A Clark
Container will be a new creative space in the city of Aberdeen, inviting and introducing the best of international and national art to the city.