PLACEText: Jo Phirip

I’ve been watching current hot art scene in Awaji-island, and “Art NPO Protocol in Awaji island” was held from December 14th to 16th. Let me talk about Awajishima Art Center and the appearance of the conference.Awajishima Art Center

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First of all, there is an interesting story that how Awajishima Art Center was started. Ms. Kuniko Yamaguchi received a call from the city when typhoon #23 hit the island in 2004. “Your house is half destroyed, and we can offer a little help if you would demolish it.” She didn’t know even she owned a house there until that moment.

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Hinode-tei just after hit by typhoon.

She named the house Hinode-tei and offered it as a place for artists because it took a bit much to demolish the house. Artists started to come over from nowhere and then a talk welled up “Let’s have Awajishima Art Festival!”. Then NPO Awajishima Art Center was established in order to enter into an event by Asahi Beer in 2005.

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Current Hinode-tei.

Later on, a vacant house renovation and regional communications with local people in 2005, rediscovery their local resource through the art-related attempt in “ART SIGHT SEEING” 2006. In 2007, this movement reached an idea that they turn Awajishima into the island of Art.

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