Sunday, 15 September 2019

Shoan: Mazezashi

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Kim: Free Style

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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Ikebana Gallery Award 2019

We are very grateful to our wonderful judges who generously gave us their valuable input.

Thank you Ms Lesley Kehoe (Lesley Kehoe Galleries),
Ms Susan Renouf (Adjunct Professor, Fashion & Textiles, RMIT University),
Dr Yoshiho Kobayashi (Associate Professor, Outemon University追手門学院大学准教授, President, International Society of Ikebana Studies),
Ms Hiroe Swen (Ceramic Artist, Former Lecturer, Australia National University),
Mr Ken Smith (Artist, Former Lecturer, Monash University),   
Dr Osamu Inoue (Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Art & Design京都造形芸術大学准教授; Vice President, International Society of Ikebana Studies) and
Dr Yutaka Mino (Director - Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the Vice Chairman - Sotheby’s North America, the Chief Executive Director - the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa & the Honorary Director - Osaka Municipal Museum of Art兵庫県立美術館館長, 金沢21世紀美術特任館長、大阪市立美術館名誉館長).

Their contribution made this international award, the world's first online Ikebana competition truly unique. It is so rare for Ikebana students to be assessed and to receive comments from art specialists like our judges. Please visit the “Judges” page for their profiles.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Ikebana Galley Gold Award is Lai Fong. The Ikebana Gallery Silver Award 2018 goes to Sophi & Gloria, and the Ikebana Gallery Bronze Award goes to Maryvonne & Марина. Those students will receive a certificate from Ikebana Gallery.

Our judges were asked to choose three works out of the five finalists in the order of their preference and the results were as follows:

Ms Renouf: 1. Gloria, 2. Lai Fong, 3. Марина
Dr Kobayashi: 1. Sophi, 2. Lai Fong, 3. Mayvonne, 
Ms Swen: 1. Mayvonne,  2. Gloria, 3. Lai Fong
Mr Smith: 1. Марина, 2. Sophi 3. Lai Fong

We allocated 3 points to the first choice, 2 to the second and 1 to the third. The results were 6 points for Lai Fong, 5 points for Sophi & Gloria, and 4 points for Mayvonne & Марина

Following are comments from our judges for each work.

Gold Award: Lai Fong (Melbourne, Australia)
Sogetsu School

Mr. Smith: This composition is exuberant in its richness of contrasting forms, colours, textures and visual dynamics. It succeeds by restraining all these different energies with the gravitational weight of the container.

Ms Renouf: Chosen for its general appeal and pleasing form and colours. It would be appealing as a traditional celebration piece , such as for Christmas or a wedding.

Ms Swen: 写真の撮り方には配慮が必要かと思う。花が沈んで暗く見えるのはマイナス。
Please consider how to take a good photo of ikebana. Flowers should not look too dark.   

Silver Award: Gloria 

Ms Renouf: Chosen for it’s delightful composition and spatial arrangement - I love it’s simplicity and choice of ingredients.
Ms Swen: 野菜などを巧みに配置して空間を演出した感覚と実験を認める
I recognise the student's experimental effort and sensibility to activate the space by carefully arranging vegetables and other objects.    

Silver Award: Sophi (Melbourne, Australia)
Sogetsu School

Mr Smith: This arrangement has an austere and restricted colour palette but balances this simplicity with a dynamic cantilevered displacement of forms. The work skilfully combines contrast and repetition to create an audacious but rhythmic composition.

Bronze Award: Mayvonne

Ms Swen: 秋そのままが表現されて、色の組み合わせが美しい。衒いのない生け花に、安らぎと、好感が持てる
Combination of colours is so beautiful expressing the essence of Autumn. It is calming and pleasing to see an ikebana work without any pretension.

Bronze Award: Марина 

Mr Smith: This work is arresting in its originality for all the plant forms are contained within the supporting vessel rather than extending from it. This sense of intimate containment is intensified by the small red form hidden within the surrounding green mass and visually exploits the colour phenomena of complementary contrast most dramatically. The water level visible within the transparent glass vessel asserts a horizontal stability in contrast to the apparent instability of the whole arrangement.

Ms Renouf: Chosen for its unique choice of container and the difficulty of execution. It is beautifully formed and the intriguing hint of red at its core is beautiful.

Congratulations to the winners. Please send an email to so that we can send you a certificate (PDF file). 

Thank you to all the Ikebana students who have shared their works on our blog & Facebook page. Thank you also to our committee members. We are looking forward to receiving more images of your works for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020. Our semi-finalists for September 2019 Quarter (works posted from July to September 2019) will be announced in October 2019 in our blog & Facebook page.      

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Kim & LaiFong: Renka

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Shoto: Free Style

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Christine: Basic Style

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Elena: Free Style

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Yen: Free Style

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Elena: Free Style

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Sue: Free Style

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Kim: Working with Branches

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Finalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2019

The Ikebana Gallery Award Committee is pleased to announce that the following 5 works have been selected as finalists in the Ikebana Gallery Award 2019. 

Congratulations to the students whose works have been selected. 

The finalists' works have been sent to our expert judgesThe winner will be announced within a few weeks. To receive update notices, become a follower or follow us by Email (see right) or simply like the Ikebana Gallery Facebook page.

We are very fortunate to receive great support and advice in our selection process from Associate Professor Osamu Inoue, Kyoto University of Art & Design. 
Dr Inoue is a prominent Ikebana artist and researcher, and vice president of International Society of Ikebana Studies (ISIS). Dr Inoue's recent publications includes "Thought of Ikebana" (「花道の思想」思文閣出版   ) .

1. Maryvonne

2. Марина 

3. Sophi

4. Lai Fong

5. Gloria

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Friday, 2 August 2019

2019 Ikebana Gallery People's Choice Award

Thank you very much for voting for the Ikebana Gallery People's Choice Award 2019. Our post announcing the semi-finalists was viewed over 3 thousands people around the world. We are pleased to be able to provide such a rare opportunity for Ikebana students to show their works to so many people, to be liked and to receive warm comments.     

We are grateful for all of those who supported Ikebana Gallery Award, the first international Ikebana competition for all the Ikebana students by liking its Facebook page. We are particularly thankful to those who respected the spirit of the People’s Choice Award and voted according to our instruction.    

We are pleased to announce that the winner is NGUYEN THANH HIEN (MBUG) in Vietnam. Congratulations. Her work received the largest number of LIKEs by 31 July 2019 in our Facebook page. She will receive our certificate shortly. 

We understand that she is going to exhibit her work at Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival in 2019. We look forward to seeing her.   

The five finalists will be selected by our expert judges and the winner of the Ikebana Gallery Award 2019 will be announced shortly. Please keep following our Facebook page.  

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Shoan: Bouquet Ikebana Style

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Elena: Free Style

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Karen: Free Style

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Semi-Finalists for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2019

The Ikebana Gallery Award Committee is pleased to announce that the following 28 works have been selected as semi-finalists. Five finalists will be selected shortly from these semi-finalists and will be sent to our special judges

Please tell us your favourite works on our Facebook page.
Please LIKE at least 3 (3 or more) works among the 28 works in the album by 31 July 2019. The most popular work will receive the People's Choice Award 2019. 

Please share the whole album and encourage your friends to vote. But please don't share individual works and encourage people to like them. We hope that students with less Facebook friends will not be at too much of a disadvantage. Let's enjoy a fair game. Have fun. Thank you. 

Congratulations to the students whose works have been selected for the semi-final. If you have not sent us your details and a list of materials for your work (check our Award page, please contact us soon, If we don't hear from you, your work may not be considered for selection for the finalists.  

If you are selected but you are not eligible for this award (e.g. if you are a qualified teacher), please let us know soon.

We have been harassed online for a while. Consequently we have lost the details of some applicants. If your work was selected but your name was not listed, please let us know your details. Thank you.    

Thank you all the Ikebana students who contributed this year. We hope to receive more of your works toward the Ikebana Gallery Award 2020.

1. Maryvonne

2. Lai Fong

3. Daria


5. Yu

6. Risa

7. Thanh

8. Karen 

9. Sophi

10. Maryvonne

11. Dasha

12. Sophi 

13. Jenny 

14. Tatiana

15. Huong

16. Elena

17. Sophi

 18. Lai Fong 

19. 陳丁發

20. Lai Fong

21. Risa

22. Gloria

23. Sara
 24. Ryoko 

 25. Sue

26. Sophi

27. Sue

Following 2 works by Pulcheria (Shokai Ikebana) were selected but they were excluded from semi-finalists this time, as she has won Ikebana Gallery Award 2018

Following 2 works by Kim were selected but they were excluded from semi-finalists this time, as she has won Ikebana Gallery Award 2017

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