Inspired by Japan -
Aid Through the Art of Printmaking

Print exhibition

Masako Osada

Love and Hope for Japan from South Africa

All the proceeds from local sales will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society through the Embassy of Japan, Pretoria.  Proceeds from the online sales go to Mercy Corps and through them to the relief effort.

Additional details to follow.

The Centre for Japanese Studies located at The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Johannesburg is the proud host of the venue.

The exhibition is open from Tuesday 13 September 2011 until Friday 30 September 2011; there is access to the campus on weekdays from 7am to 7pm and weekends from 9am to 5pm.

A speech will be made by His Excellency Mr Toshiro Ozawa, Japanese Ambassador to South Africa, on Saturday 17 September at 12 noon when the exhibition is officially opened.

The prints are wood cuts, lino cuts and other relief prints, most printed by hand, some on manual presses, many will be in the traditional Japanese style of print making.  They are a series of over 50 prints by as many print makers from around the world.

This portfolio of prints includes a print titled Love and Hope for Japan from South Africa by a South African collaboration with artist Masako Osada who is organising this South African exhibition, block cutter Kalle Pihlajasaari who hosts the Letterpress SA portal and the printer Mark Sandham who is a private book publisher and print maker. Masako and Mark will be at the exhibition opening on the 17th but Kalle is out of town.

You can get to the exhibition easily and there is a map, GPS coordinates and driving directions on the GIBS contact page.

This print bundle has been exhibited previously in Portland, Oregon, and soon after again in the USA.  While most of the participants are based in the USA there is a good international presence as well.  This is the first exhibition outside the USA and there are a number of other exhibitions planned.

The print bundle was proposed and organised by Barbara Mason who is an active administrator at the Baren Forum that manages regular print exchanges between members.  The members are print makers of all skill levels and share ideas and sometimes prints between each other to promote the craft of wood block and other print making.  A call was put out for prints in aid of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief and over 60 members rose to the challenge to edition 30 prints in the aid of the relief effort.  The printmakers, organisers and various sponsors have given generously of their time and money.  The prints are to be available for sale online in single prints with discounts for 10+, 30+ and full sets (about 60, the final figure keeps growing).  The Baren Forum is managing the online sales for Mercy Corps.  The exhibited prints in South Africa will be for sale locally as well as a number of extra copies of the local collaboration print and all the proceeds will go towards the relief effort via Japanese Red Cross Society through the Embassy of Japan, Pretoria.


The Exhibition was organised by Masako Osada.  

The Print bundle was organised by Barbara Mason.

Thanks go to the Centre for Japanese Studies and The Gordon Institute of Business Science