Video archive of the current state of lacquer arts and crafts
During this pause in our lives and in the Project’s programs, we have decided to create a video archive of the current state of lacquer arts and crafts in Southeast Asia. We are beginning with Thailand and Vietnam. When the editing is finished, we will upload the video to our website. The Video Archive is a collaborative research project by the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project and is supported by Utsunomiya University’s Diversity Research Environment Promotion, the Nomura Foundation, the Union Foundation for Ergodesign for Culture, and the Pola Art Foundation. 20 January 2022 update
Video Archive Project #2 Vietnam - complete version (20 miutes)
September 2022, “Urushi Forms and Hope – Lacquer Art in Southeast Asia-”
An art exhibition and online symposium on Southeast Asian urushi lacquer art will be hold at museum gallery of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Dates: 24 September (Sat) – 4 October (Tue)
More detailed information on the 2022 program will be posted regularly.
World of Urushi 2020 Tokyo -- Cancellation
Because COVID-19 pandemic remains unpredictable there is no way to be certain what the situation will be in October 2022. Therefore the “World of Urushi” Exhibition and Symposium originally to be held at Tokyo University of Art in 2020 and rescheduled for October 2022 will now be cancelled. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Organizers (Jan 2022)
2019 上海大学美術学院にて漆交流事業開催 (11月1日-3日)
2019 Program at Shanghai University, 1-3 November
Shanghai University held a Asian Lacquer Program from 1 to 3 November. The Asia Lacquer Exchange Research Project was organizing the international participants.
2019 亞太漆芸X地方創生論壇開催@台湾南投県 (8月28日-31日)
2019 Asia Pacific Lacquer X Local Creation Forum, Nantou, Taiwan, 28-31 August
The Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute held a symposium and exhibition of lacquer art in Nantou, Taiwan. The symposium was from 28-31 August 2019.
The event theme is “Lacquer Regional Revitalization”. Artists, artisans and experts from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam as well as other nations participated.
2018 カンボジア シェムリアップにて漆交流事業開催 (9月1日-9日)
September 2018, the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project held a program in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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On behalf of the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Project, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019.
Thank you again for participating to the Cambodia program. And thank you for the time and effort that you put into answering the survey questions. The survey results supported our belief that everyone found the program useful. In addition, there were many constructive suggestions on how to improve the Project to make it better able to reach our goals. Thank you for your ideas and support.
We are looking forward to another productive year for our Project and for lacquer culture around the world.
Director, Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project
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About Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Program
Lacquer arts is an important Asian cultural heritage. The purpose of the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Project is to promote natural lacquer arts, crafts, industry, and education throughout Asia. We do this by bringing artists, artisans, educators, and scientists together for seminars, workshops, and art exhibitions. The Project began when members first visited the Bagan Lacquerware Technology College in 2003. Beginning in 2005, yearly workshops and lectures were held by Japanese lacquer experts and artists in order to introduce lacquer art and techniques to the faculty and students of the College and to the Bagan lacquer community as a whole. In 2014 an International Art Exhibition was added to the Program. Since 2016, Programs have been held in Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Bagan, Yangon, and Siem Reap.
9 September, 2017 Yangon, Myanmar Program