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Shoso Shimbo


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T: 0439 314 097

Shoso Shimbo PhD is a sculptor and a certified teacher of Ikebana (Sogetsu School). His recent commissions include the Wye River Project (2016) and Magnolia Sculpture for Le Pine, East Kew, Melbourne (2020). He will present an Ikebana performance with Paul Grabowsky at the Melbourne Recital Centre as a part of Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival 2022.

He won the ABL prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017, and several awards including gold award at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society). His papers have been published in numerous publications including a UNESCO journal and「はじめて学ぶ芸術の教科書:伝統文化研究編」(京都芸術大学).He is a Vice President of International Society of Ikebana Research and the founding director of Ikebana Gallery Award, Zoom Ikebana Dojo, Tsubo Zen Gardens Melbourne & Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival.

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Info on Ikebana Festival 2022

Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival
When: September 10–11, 2022
Venue: Community & Linen Rooms, Abbotsford Convent

Immerse Yourself in Japanese Flower Arrangement.

Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is an innovative international cultural festival promoting ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It aims to increase community understanding, enjoyment and participation in ikebana.

The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is a combination of free exhibitions, the following ticketed events, and an international conference.

Ikebana Workshops: Including ikebana for men, for kids & ikebana in Japanese (immersion program).
Ikebana Demonstration
Ikebana Dinner Show: A dining experience with Ocha Japanese Restaurant, Hawthorn
Ikebana Performance: An ikebana installation with live music by renowned Australian pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky AO at Melbourne Recital Centre
Ikebana Conference, “What is Ikebana Performance?”: Speakers include Dr Margaret Meran Trail (Former Lecturer at Victoria University) & Hiroki Ohara (Headmaster of Ohara School of Ikebana)

The festival includes an online exhibition Hanadayori, which welcomes requests from people worldwide to be responded to by international ikebana masters and practitioners including artists from Ukraine. These works will be published online & eBook.

The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is also pleased to launch the Ikebana Container Award. Judged by internationally renowned ceramic artist, Hiroe Swen, the prize is worth $1,000. Details:


Distilling Nature

Wye River Project 2016

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