Celebrate 60 Conference

Celebrating our 60th Anniversary

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The NSW Branch of Australia Sogetsu Teachers’ Association is celebrating our 60th Anniversary of this wonderful art form introduced to both Australia and New Zealand in the late 1950s. When Norman Sparnon OAM returned to Australia 1959 after being in Japan for many years as an interpreter for the rebuilding of Japan, he bought back and shared his knowledge of ikebana. Read more about Norman Sparnon’s history.

The Iemoto Akane Teshigahara is our guest of honour, amongst other things she will be demonstrating an amazing work of art on stage at The Concourse, Chatswood. We have been fortunate enough to view several demonstrations by The Iemoto and each time we have left with a feeling of wonderment as to how working with plant material can be so inspiring.

The celebrations will also include an exhibition by Sogetsu Ikebana artists from not only Sydney but throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Join us to celebrate our milestone of this very old art form that has fresh new modern ideas that symbolise the essence of the world we live in today.

About Akane Teshigahara

(The following excerpt is taken from the Sogetsu Headquarter website)

Akane Teshigahara became the fourth Iemoto of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in 2001. She has pursued the possibilities of new ikebana suitable for an ever-diversified modern space as the leader of Sogetsu, which respects free and liberated creation.

She has also actively engaged in collaborations with artists in different disciplines including painters, sculptors, musicians and dancers, and has put time and effort into ikebana teaching of the young generation by holding the Akane Junior Class which aims to develop sensitivity and independence of children through ikebana.

In addition, she has performed Ikebana Live, where ikebana is created while incorporating various dramatic elements such as sound and light into a space on stage, in many places both in Japan and abroad.

Programme 9–13th November 2020

Monday 9th November

  • Welcome Cocktail Party

Tuesday 10th November

  • Workshop x2 – AM and PM session at Kirribilli Club, Lavender Bay, Sydney

Wednesday 11th November

  • Workshop x2 – AM and PM session at Kirribilli Club, Lavender Bay, Sydney

Thursday 12th November

  • Exhibition of Ikebana, The Pavilion, The Concourse, Chatswood

Friday 13th November

  • Exhibition of Ikebana, The Pavilion, The Concourse, Chatswood
  • Performance by The Iemoto Akane Teshigahara, The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood
  • Sayounara Dinner

Application for registration will be posted on this page 1st March 2020.