Sir Geoffrey Rowland Research Trip to Naoshima, Japan

Drink a Cup of Tea by Kazuo Katase Naoshima, Japan

Drink a Cup of Tea by Kazuo Katase

Sir Geoffrey Rowland, Trustee of the Art and Islands Foundation, recently visited the islands of Naoshima, Teshima, Inujima in the Seto Island Sea, Kagawa, western Japan. The main focus of the visit was to Naoshima, the Benesse Art site, operated under the auspices of the  Futake Foundation.  They describe their activities as:

“In addition to collecting art works, Benesse Art Site Naoshima provides artists and architects with opportunities to create and exhibit original works at various locations throughout the islands, thus enabling visitors to experience the very finest modern art. Our fundamental aim is to create special places by situating modern art and architecture within the nature and the unique culture of the Seto Inland Sea, a landscape with a powerful cultural and historical resonance.”

Sir Geoffrey Rowland enjoyed the hospitality of Kenjiro Kaneshiro, Yoko Minagawa and Tomoko Ito while visiting and really enjoyed himself. He came into the office full of inspiration and excitement after seeing this wonderful collection of contemporary art. It was great to hear about and hopefully one day we will develop Art and Islands Foundation and the Channel Islands into an equally exhilarating experience.

For Images from Sir Geoffrey Rowland’s trip please see our image gallery.

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