Art & Design

Looking into the Mirror Pond - Woodcut prints by Nana Shiomi

20 Jan - 18 Mar 2010, London

Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm

Admission free

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Nana Shiomi to coincide with the publication of her catalogue, "Looking into the Mirror Pond". Nana Shiomi came to London in 1989 to study at the Royal College of Art after having practised printmaking in Japan. After re-examining Western culture in the early 1990s she has moved on to a consideration of her own Japanese culture.


Nana Shiomi was born in Japan, and studied at the Tama Art University (BA, MA) and the Royal College of Art. She has been living and working in London since 1989. Shiomi makes contemporary woodcut prints, often using traditional Japanese icons. Her printing technique is based on the traditional Japanese way of printing, but with new materials and tools. Recently, her works have been well received at: the "-Matrix: An Unstable Reality-", the 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana, SLOVENIA; Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle; Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London; and "Daughters of Sun Goddess -Japanese Femininity-" at the National Museum in Helsinki, FINLAND. Her "Basic Room - Zan Getsu -" was short listed for the "Insight - Image of the Year Award -" at the RA Summer Exhibition in 2006.


TALK: 'Printmaking a Contemporary Perspective'

17 February 2010, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Talk and book launch by Professor Paul Coldwell, Chelsea College of Art and Design

Booking essential -



10 March 2010, 4:00-6:00pm

Nana Shiomi will demonstrate woodcut print with water-based ink and hand printing by contemporary Baren.

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TALK: 'Prints Now'

10 March 2010, 6:00-7:00pm

Gil Sanders, Senior Curator (Prints) of the Victoria & Albert Museum, will discuss recent developments in printmaking with Nana Shiomi and will talk about her book, Prints Now.

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For more information please contact

20 January - 18 March 2010

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP

Daiwa Anglo- Japanese Foundation