The Adachi Foundation was established in 1994 to preserve the techniques of Japanese woodcut printing and pass on such distinct techniques for the future generations. “The Adachi Contemporary Ukiyoe Award” is the project of the Adachi foundation to explore ukiyo-e artists in 21st century who work for Japanese traditional woodcut printing to introduce its very unique techniques and new possibilities to the world.
Ukiyo-e existed as one of mass communication methods like newspapers or magazines in the Edo era (1603-1867). Ukiyo-e artist (Eshi) needed to know current trends and popularities among the people to draw what could make people get excited. We expect to discover the contemporary artists who can draw now on their works through this award and the prize winners will be given an opportunity to produce their works into a woodcut print with contemporary carvers and printers!
What we would like to see in our applicants works are:
1. Theme which can appear to public
2. Unique and original
3. Beauties of omission
,which are the characters and roles of ukiyo-e in the Edo era.
2. How: By mail
Shipping cost should be owe by the applicant.
3. When: 7/2, 2022 – 12/23, 2022
4. Qualification: No restrictions of your career, age and nationality
5. Fee: free
300,000 yen + your picture will be made as a woodcut print by the contemporary artisans and complete print will be given to you
150,000 yen + your picture will be made as a woodcut print by the contemporary artisans and complete print will be given to you
7. Result: Around January, 2023
Tomio Koyama (Gallerist)
Yuji Yamashita (Professor, Meiji Gakuin University)
Isamu Adachi (Chairman, The Adachi Foundation)
This award is Sponsored by: