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Jackson Sprague

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Jackson Sprague
(Born in 1982, Devon, UK. Lives and works in London)

Sprague's sculptures develop from the everyday eventfulness of home life and its routines, including travel to and from his studio, picking up discarded cardboard and other materials from streets on his way. The intimate drama of living with objects is transposed to the gallery where his sculptures often demand the attentions of gallery staff, to water and replace flowers in his vases, or pull the viewer into a physical and emotional proximity with the specific use of scale and text, as well as inferred bodily or autobiographical symbolism. Sprague's work plays-up tensions between aesthetic and functional, sculptural and pictorial, lasting and ephemeral: a room divider performs as a painting, a painting on the wall is also a plaster cast sculpture, painted cardboard appears to be ceramic. These ambiguities are characteristic of relationships, physical and psychical, Sprague's work tenderly exposes.

He gained an MA from Royal College of Art and BA from Goldsmiths College. Recent exhibitions include: Breese Little, London, UK; Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, SP; Emalin, Stirling, Scotland, UK; The Unturned archive, online; Frutta, Rome, IT; CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK; Edel Assanti, London, UK; Limoncello Gallery, London, UK; Cole Contemporary, London, UK (solo); Millington Marriott, London, UK; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UK; Hobbs Mclaughlin, London, UK; Horton Gallery, Berlin, DE; Plaza Plaza, London. Past residencies include Cite des Arts, Paris, France.


Residency: February 1, 2017 - March 15, 2017
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)

The Artists Wife, 2015
Plywood, gouache, 260 x 240 x 3 cm
Courtesy of Frutta

Hard not to be clumsy when analysing my impulses, my mind asks: is this right? and then it answers yes or no, 2015
Glazed ceramic, sunflowers maintained by gallery staff, 70 × 30 × 30 cm
Courtesy of Frutta

Lips, 2017
Cardboard, resin, steel, wood, acrylic, 200 x 40 x 18 cm
Courtesy of Breese Little

2017-2- 3

Eva Masterman

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Eva Masterman
(Born in 1986, Wales, UK)

Investigation into material and process led practices through cross-disciplinary workshops, seminars and writing, predicates Materman's art-work. This dual approach of direct research into the boundaries and preconceptions of the visual arts, coupled with her own artistic practice, allows Masterman to create a critical discourse that surrounds her own sculptural territory; one that sits firmly in the middle of the 'expanded field' of inter-disciplinary, material-specific making and fine art sculpture.

Evoking the ruin, the architectural, the body, there is an attempt to contain and control the transition of material and mental states, creating tension through displacement of the familiar. The ubiquitous nature of clay accompanied by recognizable forms and supporting structures, is used to enhance to the visual interchange and sense of potential flux and instability. The resulting installations become a testament to the colluding nature of process and environment. Using clay as a set of rules and parameters in which to explore, the work endeavours to marry the conceptual with the physical, revealing the bodily realities of working in the studio and what it means, or how we make art.

Masterman graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with a First Class Honours BA in Fine Art, and recently completed her MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely across the U.K. and abroad, including two solo-shows at the William Bennington Gallery. She was the recipient of the 2016 Anthology Art Prize at the Charlie Smith Gallery, and the 2016 Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary. She also works in a social outreach art collective, Collective Matter, which has been selected for the 2016 Tate Exchange Program.

As well as her art practice, Masterman also writes for the online journal cfileonline.org, and teaches at the Camden Arts Centre. On completion of residency at AIT, she will begin a new cross-disciplinary ceramics role as Lecturer at Westminster University, London.


Residency: January 23, 2017 - March 6, 2017
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)

Crackpot (2016), Installation
Ceramic, inner tube, kiln props, found table, plaster
Dimensions Variable

Used (2016)
Ceramic, Steel, Kiln Props, trolley
150cm x 65cm x 45cm

Used Jugs (2016)
30cm x 20cm, 25cm x 15cm


Maki Nishida

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Maki Nishida (Born in Fukuoka, Japan)

Nishida received her BA in History of Art and Aesthetics at Keio University in Tokyo and earned MA in History of Art in University College London. Since 2007 in England, she has continuously explored her carrier with working at various institutions such as art university, museum, gallery and consultancy for collectors, which eventually deepened her knowledge to overlook art scenes from different perspectives both from public and private sectors. In April 2016, she has resided herself back in Japan and was appointed as an assistant curator at Aichi Triennale 2016 to work with many international artists. She also works as an independent curator aside from her extended skills in writings and translation.

At Tabakalera, Nishida focuses on the backbone to the renowned food culture in San Sebastian, conducting her research on Txoko; the 'Gentlemen's cooking club' that played an integral role in the community and culture of the city, particularly under the Franco regime. Through the act of gathering and forming a community with a strong connection with food in a particular context, she also refers the reflection in the contemporary society where everything tends to be politicised and depoeticised.

Residency: November 28, 2016 - December 25, 2016
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT], TABAKALERA International Centre for Contemporary Culture
Supported by BASQUE INSTITUTE ETXEPARE, ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑA (AC/E), EU JAPAN FEST, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Fovernment of Japan in the fiscal 2016

2016-12- 1

Haizea Barcenilla

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Haizea Barcenilla (Born in San Sebastián, Spain)

Barcenilla is an art critic, curator and art history lecturer at the University of the Basque Country. Her research revolves around two axes of interest: on the one hand, the ideas of public and common, and how they can influence curatorial practice and artistic research; on the other one, the revisitation of history from a gender point of view.

She has written extensively on both topics, including a PhD about curating and the commons, and also curated and produced various artworks and exhibitions. The recent ones are framed in the New Patrons scheme, in which she helped develop and produce the publication Manual de Uso by artist Andrea Acosta about the Zorrozaurre neighborhood in Bilbao, and the video Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska, with the collaboration of Tabakalera, for the town of Hernani.

Her project research for Tokyo through the residency, entitled the eventual common, consists in a research of the way in which public space is understood, enacted and performed in Japan, specially through the social organization of "Machizukuri". She would like to link this performative quality to the idea of the commons, and to see how artists and curators are working with this kind of practices and uses of space.

Residency: December 4, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT], TABAKALERA International Centre for Contemporary Culture
Supported by BASQUE INSTITUTE ETXEPARE, ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑA (AC/E), EU JAPAN FEST, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Fovernment of Japan in the fiscal 2016

Curator Talk: "AIT SLIDE TALK #34 "Can we curate commons?"
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Daikanyama AIT Room

Haizea 1
Manual de Uso Project by Andrea Acosta in Sala Rekalde, Bilbao. New Patrons program, 2014. Photo by Andrea Acosta

Haizea 2
Presentation of Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska in Tabakalera. New Patrons program, 2015. Photo by Señora Polaroiska

Haizea 3
Presentation of Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska in Hernani. New Patrons program, 2016. Photo by Señora Polaroiska

2016-12- 1

Penwadee Nophaket Manont

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Penwadee Nophaket Manont
(Born in 1973, California, The United States of America. Lives and Works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Penwadee Nophaket Manont

Born in 1973, California, The United States of America. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. She has a focus in Art and Culture dialogues along with interests in Social and Environment issues. Penwadee pursued both a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication Arts and a Master's Degree in Environmental Management. She started her career as a Graphic Designer, and shifted to the field of Art and Cultural Management by working as an Assistant Curator at Project 304 alternative art space in 2001. Later, she became part of the Curatorial Team at The Jim Thompson Art Center, during 2007-2012. She is currently an Independent Art Curator, as well as a Cultural Worker.

Her Curatorial Projects include the Mekong Art & Culture Project: Curatorial and Traveling Exhibition (2007-2008), supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Silpakorn University, where she was one of the four Southeast Asian Art Curators for the Underlying exhibition, from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. She also co-curated Poperomia/Golden Teardrop (2013), an exhibition at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, Italy. At the end of 2013, Penwadee founded ANTs' POWER Art & Cultural Group, who are active on Human Rights and Democracy related issues. Research & Archiving Project includes The Exhibition History in Thailand from the 1970s to the Present, supported by The Asian Culture Center (ACC), Institute of Asian Culture Development, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gwangju, South Korea. Penwadee worked as a Project Manager/Researcher throughout 2015.

Stay: February 22 - March 26, 2016
Co-organized by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event:A Roundtable with artists and other guests from Thailand
Date: Sat, Mar 12, 2016
*Details to be announced soon.

Vote as You Like (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2014)

Underlying (The exhibition travelled to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, 2007-2008)

Poperomia / Golden Teardrop (Thai Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2013)

2016-2- 8

Atikom Mukdaprakorn

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Atikom Mukdaprakorn (Born in 1981, Bangkok, Thailand)

Atikom Mukdaprakorn

Born in 1981, Bangkok, Thailand. Co-founder of mute mute, which emphasizes mutual discussion about society in order to expand the boundary of perception through art, cultural performances and social activities in different forms. He is personally interested in media/art culture, especially domestic photography, freedom of expression and the state of art in Thailand. These form the basis for many of the conditions used in his media/art performances. Currently, he has been collaborating on the project "Chiang Mai Art Conversation" which originated in Chiang Mai. The purpose of the project is to facilitate a connection of art with discussion and Thai society to gain greater knowledge through all kinds of management and media.
He has been involved in many art projects including "Art Jockey" (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2015), "Mycelioid Adjustment" (Gallery Seescape, Chiang Mai, 2014) and "Run for No One / ART AIDS (Thailand 2012): You Are Not Alone" (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2012).


Stay: February 1 - March 31, 2016
Co-organized by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: Exhibition "Karaoke at Le moulin de la Galette" The Revival of the Lost Exhibition by Thai Artivists curated by Atikom Mukdaprakorn
Date: Fri, Feb 12 - Sat, Feb 20, 2016, 11:00-19:00, Closed on Sunday
Place: AIT Room Daikanyama
Opening Reception: Fri, Feb 12, 19:00-21:00 (Door Open 18:30) *Artist Talk starts at 19:30

Art Jockey (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2015)

Run for No One/ART AIDS (Thailand 2012): You Are Not Alone (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2012)

Chiang Mai Art Conversation


Jesse Wine

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Jesse Wine (Born in Chester, lives and works in London)

Jesse Wine

Born in 1983 in Chester, and now living and working in London. Jesse Wine gained his BA Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art (2007), and his MA Fine Art at Royal College of Art (2010). His work combines humour, biography and art history. While Wine's work is multi-disciplinary, he often describes himself as a ceramicist. His recent work, mostly using clay, has an erudite take on the medium, using its history, its alliance with craft and its placement within the visual arts. His works reveal a fascination with the medium and the process of making, as well as underlining issues of form and display. Recent and forthcoming solo shows include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary art, Gateshead, UK; Galerie Hussenot, paris, FR; Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, UK; Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK (All 2014); BolteLang, Zurich, CH; Offspaceprojekt, Bernkastel, DE (all 2015); South London Gallery, London, UK; Limoncello, London, UK; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (All 2014)


2013 Ceramics Fellow, Camden Arts Centre, London
2010 MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London
2010 Erasmus, Hunter College, New York
2007 BA Fine Art, Camberwell College of Arts, London

Forthcoming / Current Exhibitions


BolteLang, Zürich (Feb)


'Young man red', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (Nov) - solo

Solo Exhibitions


'You Can't Beat Nature,' Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
'Chester man', Mary Mary, Glasgow
'Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs,' Cactus, Liverpool (with Glen Pudvine)


'People', Tunisi Court, London
'Travelling White Man', CO2 Gallery, Rome
'Simbolico', Fondazione Macc, Calasetta, Sardinia


'Practice of the Wild', Limoncello, London


'Modern Tone', The Sunday Painter, London
'Dax Wax', Hayward Gallery, Concrete Café, London


'Every Portrait A Self Portrait, Kinda Like Every Pizza A Masterpiece', Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York
'Meat and Eggs', The Bun House, London

Group Exhibitions


'Tomorrow: London', South London Gallery, London
'To Continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle', NOMAS Foundation, Rome
'Bloody English', OHWOW, Los Angeles
'If this is left, what about right', Kate Werble, New York
'Hey, I'm Mr Poetic,' Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
'Pleasure Principles,' Fondation d'Enterprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris


'Mud and Water', Rokeby, London
Two-Person Show, Marquise Dancehall, Istanbul
Two-Person show with Jackson Sprague, Hobbs Mclaughlin, London
'The Fresh Air Collection', Space Studios, London
'Open Heart Surgery', The Moving Museum, London
'Sculpturing', 2 Queens, Leicester
Rokeby, London
PAMI, London
Young London 2013, V22, London
'Al Fresco', Great Fosters, Ascot (curated by Marcelle Joseph)
MOSTYN Open 18, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno


'DUTY FREE', Arkasşirket Foundation, Kilyos, IT House of Voltaire, 17a Adams Row, London
'Minstrel & Chronicle', Hannah Barry Gallery, London
'Mocha non-truth', Cul De Sac, London
'Original/ Copy I', Pele's Empire, London
'Re-Run', Banner-Repeater, London


Stay: January 22, 2015 - March 17, 2015
Co-organized by:The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: "At the still point of the turning world..." - a salon event curated by Gina Buenfeld (February 21, 2015)
Related: Tokyo Correspondence (Camden Arts Centre website)
    At the Still Point of the Turning World (Camden Arts Centre website)
Report for Artist in Residency:

Young man red
Installation view, BALTIC centre for contemporary art, Newcastle

Young man red
Installation view, BALTIC centre for contemporary art, Newcastle

Glazed ceramic
34 x 40 x 41cm

Fruit & veg team
Glazed ceramic
41 x 36 x 40cm


Caroline Achaintre

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Caroline Achaintre (Born in 1969 in France, lives and works in Germany)

Caroline Achaintre

Caroline Achaintre (FR, 1969). Born in France and raised in Germany, Achaintre trained as a blacksmith before travelling to London with the prestigious DAAD scholarship to study at Chelsea School of Art & Design and Goldsmiths College, London. Solo exhibitions include the Present / Future Illy Prize at Castello di Rivoli, Turin, IT from November 7 and currently at Tate Britain, London, UK until June 2015 as part of the BP Contemporary Spotlight programme Her works belong to Museum collections that include FRAC, Aquitaine, FR, Musée d'Art moderne de al Ville de Paris, FR and the Southampton City Art Gallery, UK. The artist lives and works in London.

Stay: January 27, 2015 - March 22, 2015
Co-organized by:The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: "At the still point of the turning world..." - a salon event curated by Gina Buenfeld (February 21, 2015)
Report for Artist in Residency:

AstraY, 2014, hand tufted wool, 275 x 208 cm

Mola, 2014, ceramic, 22 x 35 x 20 cm (installation view Tate Britain)

Fevver, 2008, hand tufted wool, 220 x 115 cm
( ceramics on display furniture Bric a Brac and Prim Lo, 2014, installation view Tate Britain)


Gina Buenfeld

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gina buenfeld

Gina Buenfeld has an MA in History of Art (20th Century) from Goldsmiths College (2004). Following a period working with gallerist and leading secondary market dealer, Emily Tsingou, she moved on to be programme director at Alison Jacques Gallery, focusing on cultivating relationships with artists and fostering commercial and curatorial context for their work. In 2009 she moved to Camden Arts Centre where she continues to work as Exhibitions Organiser, realising ambitious exhibitions with international artists, including Simon Starling, Jeremy Deller, Nathalie Djurberg and with the estates of key 20th Century artists such as Pino Pascali, Hanne Darboven and Dieter Roth.

Stay: September, 5, 2014 - September 13 / February, 2015 (scheduled)
Co-organized by:The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: AIT SLIDE TALK #31 (Tuesday, September 9th, 19:00-21:00)
"At the still point of the turning world..." - a salon event curated by Gina Buenfeld (February 21, 2015)
Related: Tokyo Correspondence (Camden Arts Centre website)
    At the Still Point of the Turning World (Camden Arts Centre website)


Jan Szewczyk

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Jan Szewczyk (Born in 1986, poland)

Jan Szewczyk

Jan Szewczyk is a multimedia artist, effort- lessly moving in the sphere of objects and video installations. His work is characterized by incisive observation and reinterpretation of banal subversive situations - in this way the artist challenges our habitual perceptions of reality. Szewczyk's work oscillates between various themes, which is why it is difficult to specify the main topic of his explorations.

One of his areas of research is that of growing up and masculinity. A reflection of these themes appears at various stages of his work, from the curious act: Good bye home sweet home (2008) to the Kozacy (2012) project. The second area in which Szewczyk moves concerns the perception of reality. The project I like all these pictures (2009), where the artist is both the curator of the exhibition and the material, combines these two areas.

Since 2012, thanks to work on the set of the film Performer, the artist has increasingly boldly explored film space and has tried to find a common denominator for the world of cinematography and visual arts.


Stay: January 21 - March 23, 2014
Co-organized by: Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: BYOB - Bring Your Own Beamer at AIT(February 22, 2014)
Polish Art Night: "Franek kimono king bruce lee karate mistrz"Video art and food with two emerging artists from Poland. (March 15, 2014 at Daikanyama Hillside Terrace Annex A)
Tabloid: Download (PDF / 5.0MB)
Residency report (web)

Jan Szewczyk
Metamorphism, 2012, red sandstone, climbing holds, 48 x 34 x 23 cm

Jan Szewczyk
Frame, 2010, stainless steel, 55 x 80 cm

2014-2- 3