Monday, 2 July 2012

Thank you from Ikebana Gallery

Thank you for your support for the Ikebana Gallery Australia Award in 2012. Applications for the award closed on 30 June 2012. We have over 200 entries this first year from beginners to experienced students of Ikebana. 

The five finalists will be announced in this blog in July. Then our distinguished panel of judges will select the winner in August. 

The notion of an Ikebana competition is not very familiar, especially in the form of an online competition. As far as we know our award is the first international Ikebana competition that any Ikebana student can take part in for free. 

As an Ikebana teacher teaching outside Japan, I am aware some important issues that many Ikebana students face overseas, such as a lack of opportunities to participate in exhibitions or competitions and to access good quality training. It's difficult for students to find ways to share their learning experiences with other Ikebana students. Although we can't claim to solve all of these problems, we believe the Ikebana Gallery is a step in the right direction. 

Applications for the 2013 Ikebana Gallery Australia Award started on 1 July 2012 and will close 30 June 2013. See the details in Award page in this blog and start sending your works. 

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Shoso Shimbo, PhD
Ikebana Gallery Australia