Opening Reception – ‘Hokusai: Art Beyond Boundaries’ and ‘Tanzaku’

Wednesday 17 July, 2024
6:00pm BST - 8:00pm BST

To celebrate the opening of two of our exhibitions – Hokusai: Art Beyond Boundaries and Tanzaku – we are delighted to host a special opening event at the Shoe Factory in Norwich.

Canapes and drinks will be provided at the event and we are pleased to collaborate with the National Centre for Writing to bring you a special poetry reading by Erica Hesketh. We invite attendees to explore the displays in the exhibition while listening to this selection of poems read by the author, echoing the creative environment of the tea salons of 19th century Japan where the tanzaku were created.

Doors open at 18:00 with speeches and poetry from 18:45. RSVP to

Erica Hesketh was born in Copenhagen to a Japanese mother and Danish father. As a poet she experiments with form and voice, including traditional forms from Japan. Her work has been published by The North, Under the Radar, harana poetry and The Friday Poem among others. She placed second in the 2022 Winchester Poetry Prize, and was commended in the 2023 Magma Poetry Competition and the 2023 Stanza Competition. She was longlisted for the 2024 National Poetry Competition. From 2016 to 2024 she was the Director of the Poetry Translation Centre. She posts on Instagram as @hesketherica.

Erica Hesketh. Credit Ecre Karadag.

This exhibition is part of the anniversary programme celebrating 25 years of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and created in partnership with the Hokusai-kan Museum, Obuse, and MORIS Gallery, Kobe. We are grateful to National Centre for Writing and Erica Hesketh for their kind support and collaboration on this event.

These exhibitions are generously supported by Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. In cooperation with NTT ArtTechnology / Arstechne.

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