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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


Wednesday, March 28th, 2007


On the last day of our People to People, Place to Place exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery, we hosted a special event celebrating Contemporary Art, Australia-Japan Connections and the progress of The Australia-Japan Match Box Project over the past year.



We invited Sydney Match Box Participants who have a strong relationship with Japan through their art practice to create works outside the box for Influence Japan - a one day exhibition in the Gallery’s Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden. Everyone enjoyed strolling around the stunning Japanese Gardens viewing the works.

Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence “Verdant Residues”, 2007

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Zoe MacDonell “Distillation”, 2007

Leanne Shedlezki

Leanne Shedlezki, Journey, 2007

Jennie Tate

Jennie Tate “For Inari Sama”, 2007


Leanne and Naomi introducing People to People

In the Gallery, we gave an introduction to People to People, Place to Place and how the Australia-Japan Match Box Project evolved.


Leanne discussing her art practice and the evolvement of the Match Box Projects.

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Naomi introducing the Match Box Friendship Wall, exhibiting the works of 60 participating artists from Australia and Japan.

Match Box Participants discussed their work:

Jennie Tate

Jennie Tate gave an insight into her current experimental film on Tokyo, and the relating 6 storyboards being exhibited in her Match Box Solo Gallery. She discussed the special meaning of the Fox in Japan, the carrier of messages to the God of Fertility.

Mary-Anne Kyriakou

Mary-Anne Kyriakou discussing “Sydney to Tokyo: LED’s Light Me Up”, of which her video installation was exhibited in the Gallery’s Arts Centre for the day. (NB:LED = Light Emitting Diode)

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Zoe MacDonnell introduced her Fantasyland series, 2006 in her Match Box Solo Gallery

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Francois introducing Tony and his collaborative Match Box Friendship work


We conducted an art and cultural corner and invited various Japanese Cultural Arts Associations to join us in introducing Japanese culture to the local community


Urasenke Sydney Association

The Sydney Urasenke Association conducted Tea Ceremony Demonstrations. Throughout the day many visitors gained an insight into the art of the Tea Ceremony, tasting Japanese sweets and green tea.


Members of the Sawai International Koto School gave am and pm performances, and spent the day introducing the koto to the public.

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Shoko Ono conducting a solo performance.


The Bonsai Society of the Central Coast exhibited an amazing range of Bonsai and conducted Bonsai demonstrations.

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Thanks to Ayumi, Kazuki, Lucy, Naomi and Gosford Regional Gallery Volunteers, many enjoyed the Children’s Creative Corner & Learning Centre in the Gallery’s Art’s Centre

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Visitors learning about Japan

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Many young members of the Gosford community and visitors from Sydney created artworks for our Community Friendship Wall

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Gosford Town Crier, Stephen Clarke closed the day in Japanese Garden.


A big arigatou to all our artists and volunteers for making the day a great one to remember for all! Match Box gratefully acknowledge Arts NSW, The Australia-Japan Foundation, The Australia-Japan Society of New South Wales, Bentine, Canon, The Central Coast Bonsai Society, The College of Fine Arts, The Federation of Australia Japan Societies, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery Volunteers, Resolution Media, Qantas, The Sawai International Koto School, The Urasenke Sydney Association, and our participating artists and volunteers for helping us make 2006-7 exhibitions and events memorable for all. Match Box Projects is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.               

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Images ©Enzo Amato & Naomi Shedlezki

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.)