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August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:00pm, repeating until Sunday, September 3, 2017
Dyffryn Gardens provides Japanese artistic inspiration Takumasa Ono, brings his HENRO (pilgrimage) exhibition of watercolours, screen prints and Japanese ink paintings to Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan.
From 12 August – 3 September, the Victorian mansion house will welcome Takumasa Ono and his exhibition showcasing Japanese artistic impressions of National Trust properties, including for the first time, Dyffryn Gardens. In 1999, Takumasa was an official artist of the National Trust, touring the UK and sketching historic places for his artwork.
As a part of Japan 2001, a UK wide initiative supported by the Japanese Ministry of Culture promoting Japan in the UK, Takumasa arrived again in the UK and developed his ‘ HENRO’ (pilgrimage) exhibition, working as an artist in residence with the National Trust. He was particularly impressed with the way that the UK as a country, through organisations such as the National Trust, conserves its natural and built environment.
Takumasa Ono said “I am very excited to hold the HENRO exhibition at Dyffryn. We have been to Cardiff but had never visited the outskirts before. This beautiful National Trust property in the Vale of Glamorgan is a breath of fresh air and it was easy for me to be inspired by its history and grand appearance.
”Throughout the National Trust property in the Vale of Glamorgan, you will find Japanese influence all around the Edwardian gardens and from the exotic trees in their 22 acre arboretum. Geraldine Donovan, Dyffryn’ s General Manager who worked in Japan as a landscape architect in the early part of her career, said “We have several Japanese bronze sculptures around the site, including our iconic dragon bowl fountain in the centre of the canal on our Great Lawn.”
“This Japanese influence was also evident during the Cory’ s residence at Dyffryn. One of Reginald Cory’ s garden rooms was a Japanese Garden where he displayed infant trees ina bonsai fashion.”“We are thrilled to be able to extend this influence to the house by exhibiting Takumasa’ s art work and feel privileged to be able to provide him artistic inspiration.”
In 2008, Takumasa exhibited his work of the National Trust properties in Tokyo, Osaka and Chiba prefecture as part of ‘UK-Japan 2008’, supported by the UK Ministry of Culture promoting the UK in Japan.
The artist had also been commissioned to produce major pieces of his Sumi-e work for the Japan Room at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. If you would like to see the exhibition and purchase a print for yourself, HENRO will be running in Dyffryn House from 12 August – 3 September, 12pm – 4:30pm (last entry 30 minutes before close). A donation from all print sales will go towards the National Trust.
The artist will be in residence at this exhibition and you will be able to find out more about his artwork and his inspiration first hand. Normal admission prices will apply on entry.