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Art in the Park: Nagoya Gardens Hyde Park - 30 March, 2008

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

A diverse range of NSW artists joined us with their Solo Match Box Galleries for an art in the park picnic. We introduced our works to eachother, our peers, friends and Match Box supporters. Match Box History Galleries and a Group Gallery introducing the most recent artists from Japan to collaborate with us were also presented.

Solo Match Box Galleries are now ready to hit the road on a future tour!

Pictured galleries from top L-R by:

Row 1 -Lucy Barker, Benedict Ernst, Tony & Francois, Match Box

Row 2 - Michael Kempson, MaryAnne Kyriakou, Rodney Love    

Row 3 - Paul Green, Leanne Shedlezki, Chizuko Saito (Chichi)  

Row 4 - (Bottom Row) -Louis Pratt

Art in the Park Picnic, Sunday 30 March

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Art in the Park Picnic, Sunday 30 March 2008

Two years ago, we asked 3 artists to create work for our Portable Match Box Gallery, which we first toured to Nagoya Gardens, Hyde Park on Australia Day, 2006. Since then, more than 50 Galleries have been created, exhibiting works by 72 Australian and Japanese artists.  Bring a picnic and celebrate with us in Hyde Park. Local artists who have created new series of works for Match Box Galleries will be out and about to introduce you to their work. 

Hope to see you there. 

Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki

Facetnate! Exhibition at Japan Foundation Gallery

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

 Facetnate! People to People, Place to Place: Australia-Japan

As the invited recipient of the Japan Foundation’s Support Program for Emerging Artists, we opened Facetnate! - a series of 6 exhibitions by Australian emerging artists influenced by Japan in their art practice. We presented 12 Match Box Galleries exhibiting works by the 72 artists taking part in the Australia Japan Match Box Project.  The above 11 Galleries evolved following conducting an action research trip through Tokyo, NSW and Nagoya travelling with the below Match Box Gallery.

Side A of the Match Box Gallery which has continuously been touring through Australia and Japan introducing our project to fellow artists and collaborators, including all those exhibiting at the the Japan Foundation

Match Box Galleries introducing the major zones of exchange of the project (sister regions Sydney-Nagoya and Tokyo-NSW) and various visitors to our galleries.

Exhibition Now Showing to 20 March at the Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

We have been invited to launch Facetnate!, the Japan Foundation’s New Visual Artists Project being held at the Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney. We will open this six month exhibition program with People to People, Place to Place: Australia-Japan, featuring works created for our Match Box Galleries by more than 70 diverse Australian and Japanese Artists, Designers and Curators, together with a photographic installation of the Galleries’ travels through Australia and Japan. We hope to see you there.

A map to the Gallery can be found here



Saturday, November 10th, 2007


Throughout November-December, a Match Box Gallery introducing the Match Box Projects will be exhibited at AWEspaceII, University of New South Wales. We will be out and about with Match Box Galleries exhibiting works by COFA and Tokyo Geidai Alumni/Post Graduate Students participating together in the Australia Japan Match Box Project. If you see us on Campus, please stop, say hello and view the diverse artworks being presented. 

Works presented in the galleries will change to exhibit works by:
Monika Behrens, Simon Cooper, Linda Dennis, Paul Green, Keiko Inoue, Koujirou Inoue, Yuichi Kashima, Yutaka Katoh, Michael Kempson, Anna Kristensen, Janet Laurence, Rodney Love, Zoe MacDonell, Kana Matsushima, Match Box, Yuka Nakamura, Karolina Novak, Yuna Ogino, Toshiko Oyama, Jirat Patradoon, Louis Pratt, Hirotoshi Sakaguchi, Leanne Shedlezki, Jennie Tate, Tony and Francois, and Isao Yamaguchi.

AWEspaceII is an initiative of the COFA Chapter of the UNSW Alumni Association. It is a permanent exhibition space located on the Basser Steps at UNSW’s main campus in Kensington.  The self-contained display box is illuminated for 24 hour viewing.
VACS NSW   arts nsw logo

Image: Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki, Basser Steps, UNSW 2007
Works in Match Box Gallery - left to right
Karolina Novak, Untitled, Drypoint on paper
Jirat Patradoon,  She was a spy, screenprint on paper
Michael Kempson, Stoned, etching on paper
(c) The artists.





Cowra Japanese Gardens: Sep-Oct 07

Friday, October 5th, 2007

During the Cowra Sakura Matsuri we were artists in Residence at the Cowra Japanese Garden. We exhibited works by Tokyo and NSW artists in our Match Box Galleries, conducted artist talks, and on the festival’s children’s day conducted mini art workshops.

Match Box At Cowra Cherry Blossom Festival, 26-29 September

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

The Festival is one of Cowra’s main events and a wonderful opportunity to gain a taste of Japan. Cowra is in Central NSW, about 4 hours drive west from Sydney.

For more info on the Garden and Cowra visit  here

We gratefuly acknowledge the support of the Visual Arts & Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, the NSW Government through Arts NSW, the Australia Japan Society of NSW, and the Australia Japan Foundation through the Japan Cowra Society and the Federation of Australia Japan Societies.  

Match Box at Tusculum, June 2007

Sunday, July 1st, 2007


L-R Zoe MacDonell, Simon Cooper, Naomi Shedlezki and Leanne Shedlezki with Match Box Solo Galleries, Tusculum, Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Photograph ©  Kimmy Sekel

In June at Tusculum Gallery, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Potts Point, we presented Match Box Galleries exhibiting a snapshot journey of the Galleries travels through Australia and Japan over the past year.   Our photographs featured the works of the projects inaugural participating artists/curators including; 

back in 5, Mark Brown, Simon Cooper, Hamilton Darroch, Linda Dennis, Kazuhiro Imura, Keiko Inoue, Koujirou Inoue, Yutaka Katoh, Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Janet Laurence, Helena Leslie, Zoe MacDonell, Luis Martinez, Match Box, (late)[ant mrav], Chizuko Saito, Hirotoshi Sakaguchi, Martin Sharp, Leanne Shedlezki, Naomi Shedlezki, Jennie Tate, Imants Tillers and Mimi Tong.  

RAIA members and friends, and the local community of Potts Point joined us for drinks and an insight into the Match Box Projects. For these events we traveled to Tusculum Gallery with additional Match Box Galleries exhibiting the works of the artists mentioned above. Simon Cooper, Mary-Anne Kyriakou and Zoe MacDonell joined us to introduce their practice and the works they have created for Match Box Solo Galleries. 

We gratefully thank our participating artists, volunteers and the following supporters of the above event; Arts NSW & The Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, Cumulus Wines, COFA, Gari Sushi Bar, Graphic Art Mount, and The Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

JUNE - Tusculum, Potts Point, Sydney

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Match Box Invite June 07

Gosford Regional Gallery Exhibition 2 Feb - 25 March 07

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Sydney Tokyo Nagoya installation

Solo Match Box Galleries and the Friendship Wall

On the last day we presented Journey to Japan - a series of cultural activities and childrens workshops celebrating Japanese culture, alongside Influence Japan, a one day exhibition in the Gallery’s adjoining Japanese Gardens

Dates for your Diary - Current Exhibition & Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Gosford Edogawa GardensSM

The below exhibition and events are free of charge and are taking place at Gosford Regional Gallery and their adjoining Japanese Gardens - Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens (pictured above)

Gosford is located North of Sydney on the Central Coast - a stunning one to one and a half hour car or train ride from Sydney.

Information on the events in Japanese/日本語 can be found here.


3 February - 25 March, 2007. Everyday 10am-4pm (FREE ENTRY)

Match Box’s ongoing Project, People to People, Place to Place is currently being exhibited at Gosford Regional Gallery to 25 March. The works of the first 60 Australian and Japanese participants in the Australia-Japan Match Box Project are being shown along with a history of how Sydney twin sisters, Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki created the project. 10 Sydney artists, 5 who have been influenced by Japan in their practice, (Simon Cooper, Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Zoe MacDonell, Leanne Shedlezki, and Jennie Tate) and 5 curated by inaugural guest curators, back in 5 who respond to Sydney within their art practice are being featured.(Mark Brown, Hamilton Darroch, Helena Leslie, Luis Martinez, and (late)[ant mrav]). For a full list of art practitioners exhibiting please see Participants in the right hand column.

SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrating Contemporary Art and Japanese Culture

Sunday 25th March, 10.30am - 4pm (FREE EVENT)

You are invited to a special Match Box Project Free Event on the final day of the exhibition in Gosford Regional Gallery’s adjoining Japanese Garden and Arts Centre.

Match Box Sydney participants including Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Janet Laurence, Zoe MacDonell, Leanne Shedlezki, and Jennie Tate have a strong connection to Japan through their creative practice and will be creating works relating to such for this one day event.

In the Arts Centre the art works created by Australian and Japanese Children through their participation in Match Box Projects’ cultural activities will be exhibited.

The exhibitions will be complemented by artists talks by Australia-Japan Match Box Project participants and a variety of Japanese Cultural activities including:

  • Japanese Tea Ceremonies with audience participation by the Urasenke Sydney Association
  • A Bonsai exhibition and demonstrations by the Central Coast Bonsai Society
  • Koto Performances by the Sawai International Koto School
  • Garden Tours
  • Interactive creative activities for all.

Note: the event will occur rain or shine. (If bad weather, the special exhibition, performances and activities will be held in the Arts Centre and Gallery Foyer overlooking the Japanese Garden).


Gosford Regional Gallery & Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens

36 Webb St, East Gosford

Phone: 02 4325 0056

For a map go to

On the weekends a train leaves from Central to Gosford every quarter past and quarter to the hour eg 8.15,8.45,9.15,9.45 etc.  For public transport information go to

Gosford Regional Gallery incorporates Caroline Bay Brasserie, an award winning restaurant/cafe overlooking the Garden
(for the 25th - we recommend you make a reservation in advance  PH: 02 4324 8099 or alternatively, bring a picnic - there are a number of great picnic spots in the parks and waterways surrounding the Arts Centre.)

November 06 Sydney Exhibition

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

photo by Tony Egan

Our November Exhibition, People to People, Place to Place: Sydney, Tokyo Nagoya at Kudos Gallery, Paddington was a great success. Thanks to all those that spread the word about it. It was the first time the works of the first 60 Australian and Japanese participants in the Australia-Japan Match Box Project were exhibited together.

Thanks to Tony Egan, great shots of opening night were taken. See Tony’s photos.

A Japanese article re the exhibition can be read on Nichigo Press’ website.

COFAspace Exhibition June 2006

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

15 Exhibit

From 18 - 29 July, we presented our first Match Box exhibition at COFAspace Gallery, UNSW in June, exhibiting the works of 30 Australian and Japanese artists we have exchanged with on our journey to date. We presented the evolving Match Box Friendship Wall, our various Match Box Galleries including Solo Match Box Galleries by Match Box, Leanne and our inaugural artists, Simon Cooper, Zoe MacDonell and Jennie Tate alongside solo galleries by 5 artists curated into project by Guest Curators back in 5 - Mark Brown, Hamilton Darroch, Helena Leslie, Luis Martinez and (late)[ant mrav]


Naomi, Leanne, Zoe and Jennie after presenting artist talks.

We conducted a few events and art talks throughout the exhibition - we thank Zoe, Sophia (from back in 5), Jennie, Luis and Mark for joining us to introduce their galleries.