Benesse Art Site Naoshima

New project launched at Miyanoura Gallery 6.

New project launched at Miyanoura Gallery 6.

Miyanoura Gallery 6, in the Miyanoura district of Naoshima, got a fresh start this summer as a gathering place aimed at generating new value through interactions among people, offering visitors the chance not only to view works of art but also to take part in workshops, artist talks, and a wide range of other events.
A part of this new mission was the short-term residency program "Artist in 6," carried out between July and September 2015. In preparation for the Setouchi Triennale 2016, artists were invited to spend approximately 10 days on Naoshima to plan and research projects for next year's art festival. They then spent time during the latter half of their stays sharing the results of their research and their ideas with island residents and visitors, and holding events where they interacted with the public.

Three artists, three different approaches to contemporary society

The three artists invited to reside on Naoshima during the summer months were Yoshinori Niwa (b. 1982), Yuki Iiyama (b. 1988), and Mari Katayama (b. 1987).
Yoshinori Niwa stayed on Naoshima July 22-31. He carried out "actions" related to the themes of communism, the value of money, and property and land rights, filming the process and editing it into a video work.
The second artist, Iiyama Yuki, stayed from August 27 to September 3. Iiyama purchased scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings via internet auctions and worked on an installation based on the historical events or individual viewpoints contained in them, incorporating aspects of contemporary society and her own perspectives.
Participating from September 24 through October 3 was Mari Katayama. Since having the lower parts of both legs amputated at the age of nine due to a congenital tibia defect, Katayama has been living with prosthetic legs. In addition to creating art relating to her own body and environment, such as self-portrait photographs featuring prosthetic limbs she herself decorated, Katayama has in recent years expanded her range of activities to include music, lecturing, writing and other fields.

A place where "something new" is born

The three projects by three artists with widely varying sets of concerns will be fully realized during the Setouchi Triennale 2016. During their residencies over the July to September period, however, it was evident that local residents, visitors, and staff were already engaging on equal footing with the glimpses of ideas that the artists began presenting. This was a valuable first step in the mission of Miyanoura Gallery 6, to be a place where new values arise from interpersonal interactions.

In the near future, we will report in greater detail on what took place during the residencies of these three intriguing artists who work in diverse styles.


Fukutake House

Oct 07, 2019

Fukutake House "Meeting Asia / Meeting Artists: Heri Dono"

On April 26th, 2019, the first day of the Setouchi Triennale 2019, a talk event with Heri Dono, an internationally renowned Indonesian artist was held with some of his works on display in the exhibition space. Fifteen university students who participated in the event listened to what the artist had to say with rapt attention.Read article


Sep 28, 2019

Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum Opens in Miyanoura Gallery 6 for the Setouchi Triennale 2019 Autumn Session

On Saturday, September 28th, 2019, at the beginning of the Setouchi Triennale 2019 Autumn Session, the Setouchi "Yoichi Midorikawa" Museum opened in Miyanoura Gallery 6 to investigate and exhibit regarding Yoichi Midorikawa, a photographer who photographed the Setouchi area from the 1930's through to the first part of the 2000's.Read article

We spoke to two ladies from

Sep 02, 2019

We spoke to two ladies from "Kamedaya", who sell fruit from Teshima at a Needle Factory square

During the periods that the Setouchi Triennale is running (Spring: Apr. 26th to May 26th, 2019. Summer: Jul. 19th to Aug. 25th. Fall: Sep. 28th to Nov. 4th), Ms. Iwanaga and Ms. Yamugi, from a community of ladies on the island known as "Kamedaya," sell Teshima-grown fruit and gelato and jams made from Teshima-grown fruit to visitors of the island.Read article

The Performance Event

Aug 20, 2019

The Performance Event "Déjà vu - the Living Heritage" Was Held

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, "Déjà vu - the Living Heritage", the performance event, was held at Fukutake House in Fukuda, Shodoshima. At the venue, artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand conducted performances that showcased their unique cultural backgrounds. There were also a lot of stalls and workshops for Asian cuisine by nearby restaurants, and the event bustled with 300 visitors.Read article

The Naoshima Plan 2019

Aug 19, 2019

The Naoshima Plan 2019 "The Water" conveys Naoshima's abundance and beauty

A traditional, 200-year-old home in Honmura, Naoshima island. It used to be a post office for a long time. During the Setouchi Triennale 2019, this building will serve as a rest stop for visitors and islanders. Hiroshi Sambuichi was the architect who designed the renovated building. He has worked on The Naoshima Plan since 2011, a project spotlighting how residents used nature in their homes, village layout, and water gutters.Read article

New work of Inujima

Jul 30, 2019

New work of Inujima "Art House Project" C-Art House unveiled to island residents

The new work of Inujima "Art House Project" C-Art House, "Untitled (Flowers at C-Art House)," was formally unveiled by its artist Masanori Handa to the residents of Inujima on Thursday, July 18th, 2019.Read article