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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.
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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.





MATCHED, 26 - 30 October

Monday, October 15th, 2007

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You are invited to Matched, an exhibition by Leanne Shedlezki introducing the concepts behind the Match Box Projects

On Saturday afternoon, the works of the first artists invited to participate in Match Box Projects will be touring to the Exhibition with Naomi Shedlezki. Artists: Simon Cooper, Yutaka Katoh, Zoe MacDonell and Jennie Tate

Exhibition:           26-30 October                           

Artist Talk:           Leanne Shedlezki - Saturday , 27 October, 3pm

Cost:                    Free

Where:                 Gaffa, 1/7 Randle St, Surry Hills

Gallery Hours:      Mon-Fri 12-6 Sat 11-6 Sun/pub hols closed


Map:                    Gaffa Map

Match Box Projects is supported by the Visual Arts & Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, and is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW. We gratefuly acknowledge the Australia Japan Society of NSW and Rolling Wines for their support.

  VACS NSW      arts nsw logo    Rolling Wine

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Introducing the Match Box Projects at Pecha Kucha, Friday 17th August

Saturday, August 18th, 2007


We were invited to introduce the Match Box Projects at Pecha Kucha - Sydney Design 07.  20 images of  Match Box Galleries out and about in Australia and Japan were projected onto the train station in front of Customs House Forecourt, Circular Quay.  For more info on Sydney Design 07 and Pecha Kucha visit HERE

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

Match Box Kindy Visit, Sydney

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Our Bondi friends were learning about Japan at Kindy. We took our Match Box Portable Culture Centre to their classroom and invited them to join our Match Box Community Friendship Project.  They all created works about what they like doing with their Family and Friends.


Holding up the works created by our Furudono Kindy Friends in Japan


Creating their own Friendship Artworks.

Thanks to Junko Hiramatsu for joining us.

This project was supported by Bentine.

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.

Sydney - October 2006

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Whilst Naomi was in Japan, Leanne prepared for the Kudos Sydney exhibition and attended various art andAustralia-Japan Year of Exchange events:


We wereinvited to exhibita Match Box Gallery and conduct talksat the Federation of Australia-Japan Society’s conference at Darling Harbour, where many visiting guestsfrom throughout Australia & Japan were introduced to the Australia-Japan Match Box Project

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Tokyo visitors, Ito-san and Ishikawa-sanwith Match Box Gallery at the Conference. Darling Harbour


We were invited to conduct an artist talk and mini exhibitat a dinner party in honour of Japanese artist, Kyoko Kikuchi who was in Sydney exhibiting at Box, Sherman Galleries. Leanne had a great evening personally introducing the project.


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Leanne attended the launch of the publication Matchmaker at First Draft, where ARI (Artist Run Initiatives) representatives from Sydney, interstate and New Zealand introduced our broader arts community. Both our guest curatorial teams back in 5 and 1/2 dozen were guest speakers:

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1/2 DozenDirectors, Dougal Phillips,Jasper Knight and Olliver Watts.

Tokyo Geidai Sydney Tour - August 2006

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006


Professor Hirotoshi Sakaguchi and alumni and current members of his Postgraduate Research Group from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (aka Tokyo Geidai)visited us in Sydney.We hosted an array of exchange activities with Sydney artists and curators to give them an insight to life in Sydney and the Australian Contemporary Art Scene.Highlights are below.


Janet regularly exhibitsinJapan and most recently created apermanent installation “Elixir” for the 2003Echigo-Tsumari Triennale - the same year Professor Sakaguchi also created his installation “Open Space of the Earth” for same. What a small world - it was great to see them reminisce.

Janet Laurence's Studio

Janet’s studio is truly amazing.


The MCA was a great place to introduce our guests to Australian contemporary art. MCA Curator, Russell Storer introduced us to the artists and works of their New Acquisitions collection, including work by Match Box Project Participants, Janet Laurence and Ruark Lewis.

Russel Storer introducing New Acquisitions

Russell Storer introducing us to the MCA’s New Acquisitions in front of Janet Laurence’s Installation

Charles Merewether, Artistic Director and Curator of Biennale of Sydney 2006, - Australia’s largest international art event, introduced us to Zones of Contact.

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With Charles Merewetherfollowing his introduction to Zones of Contact,in front of Terra Negata (2005) by Imants Tillers

2006 Biennale of Sydney participant, Ruark Lewis performed two scores in relation to his installationat the Biennale, Shipping Tales relating to Australian immigration and commerce and A Mis-Reading of Australian History, relating to Australia’s historical records of discovery by the 19thC.English explorer Ernest Giles.

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With Ruark Lewis after his performance.


Anthony Bond, General Manager Curatorial Services, AGNSW welcomed us all to the AGNSW and kindly introduced us to the Gallery, including the work of Kei Takemura, an Alumni of Sakaguchi’s Research group who was exhibiting in the Biennale of Sydney and is also a Match Box Project Participant! . .

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 Anthony Bond and Naomi introducing Kei’s work


A  peek at Janet Laurence’s Public Installation, Veil of Trees and a stroll through the Botanical Gardens was next.

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A stroll through the Gardens.

Zoe and Tokyo Geidai artists

Zoe, Isao and Takafumi enjoying their Sydney exchange experience.

Harry’s CAFE de WHEELS, Woolloomoolloo

Meat Pie time overlooking Woolloomoolloo Wharf.   


Professor Sakaguchi and Co enjoying their first meat pie!

HOME/STUDIO OF MARTIN SHARP, Australia’s most prominent Pop Artist 

Everyone enjoyed visiting Martin’s, spending time in his garden and learning about his practice and special place in his heart for Japanese artist, Hokusai, and performer Tiny Tim (who will be releasing a CD in Japan in the near future!!)

Visiting Home-studio of Martin Sharp

Martin signing a Poster he created for a Tiny Tim performance at the Opera House


Jennie has over 20 years history with Japan, and is currently developing a film in Tokyo culminating from her Japan experiences. Her first artworks she has created for Match Box Projects, are the story boards for this film. Everyone enjoyed meeting Jennie, learning about her film and relaxing for afternoon tea in her beautiful Paddington terrace. They are looking forward to seeing her in Japan in November!

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Enjoying supper at Jennie Tates amazing Paddington home

COFA - College of Fine Arts visit, University of New South Wales

Many of Match Box Projects’ participating Sydney artists are alumni or presently completing their post graduate degrees at COFA. COFA is where the foundings of the Match Box Project evolved when Leanne, as an undergraduate student, was asked to design a symbol of her identity. She used two matches to represent her identity as a twin and created a series of match prints that she housed in a giant matchbox. At COFA we visited a number of the studios of our artists

Anna's Studio

Visiting Anna Kristensen and her amazing paintings of the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves at her COFA studio.


Thanks to the Dean of COFA, Professor Ian Howard, we exhibited the Match Box Project Galleries and enjoyed celabratory drinks with our artists and supporters of the Projects including members from the Australia Japan Society of New South Wales, Bentine, Resolution Media and COFA, UNSW.


The walk was amazing - the weather changed from rain to blue skies - fresh air, sandstone, nature - only 8 km from the city centre - perfect morning.

Bondi Beach

Enjoying Bondi Beach


After a seafood lunch from Watsons Bay the the fresh air and view from the ferry was amazing.


We took our galleries with the works of our Tokyo visitors out for the first time. Everyone enjoyed seeing their work in Match Box Galleries.

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Bridging the Gap between Australia and Japan - In front of the MCA


We visited Biennale of Sydney venue, Pier 2/3 where Antony Gormley’s Asian Field, 2003 was a favourite.


Saturdays in Paddington, is great with the markets, terrace architecture and abundent galleries


Our visitors left Sydney for Brisbane to continue their Australian exchange with QCA - see their University exchange project at


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Monika Behrens
Simon Cooper
Hamilton Darroch
Linda Dennis
Keiko Inoue
Koujirou Inoue
Anna Kristensen
Mahou Kudou
Janet Laurence
Ruark Lewis
Zoe MacDonell
Kana Matsushima
Yuka Nakamura
Yuna Ogino
Toshiko Oiyama
Chizuko Saito
Hirotoshi Sakaguchi
Martin Sharp
Leanne Shedlezki
Naomi Shedlezki
Jennie Tate
Takafumi Tsuchiya
Isao Yamaguchi
A special thanks to Linda Dennis atTokyo Geidai for helping us make things happen. We gratefully thank the following for their support towards our first Match Box Exchange Tour:

Judith Blackell, Head, Artistic Programs, MCA
Anthony Bond, General Manager, Curatorial Services, Art Gallery of NSW

Craig Figtree, General Manager, Aussie Blue Tours

Ian Howard, Dean, College of Fine Arts, UNSW

Ruark Lewis, Artist, Biennale ofSydney

Charles Merewether, Artistic Director and Curator, Biennale of Sydney, 2006

Yasuko Miyashiro, Interpretor/Translator

Russel Storer, Curator, MCA

special thank you toQantas, Qantas Holidays and the College of Fine Arts for their support 

Qantas Logo COF,UNSW logoThank youto all our Sydney participants that welcomed us into their studios/homes and joined us throughout the journey. Sydney Tokyo Match Box Exchange Participants

Australia Day 2006

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

After picking up our first portable Match Box Gallery on 25 January, 2006 we toured the gallery through thea 2006 Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January. Australia Day is a day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. In communities across the nation, Australians take to the streets, parks and backyards to celebrate our land, people, heritage, diversity and freedom. Througout the day we werebeing filmed by Tokyo TV for a story on the Australia Japan Year of Exchange. 2006 is the official Year of Exchange between Australia and Japan, in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation between the two countries.

Our days movements including welcoming in Australia Day at the Indigenous Performance at Farm Cove, Watching the Harbour events on the media boat, HMAS Gascoyne, and introducing the project to new members of the Sydney Japanese community and inaugural volunteers of Match Box Projects.


Welcoming in Australia Day at Farm Cove.
Each year, Australia Day begins with the Woggan ma gule Morning Ceremony. Performed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, sacred land of the indigenous Gadigal people, the ceremony honours the past and celebrates our future.

Australia Day 2006 - Gascoyne crew, Naomi, Leanne and Kinuyo

Leanne and I with Kinuyo and the Gascoyne crew on the media boat. Sydney Harbour is always full of activity with many boat races, competitions, even a Surfboard Challenge when hundreds of surfboards launch into Sydney Harbour from the Sydney Opera House, paddle under the Harbour Bridge and sprint to the other side.

We have invited 3 Sydney artists who have explored Japanese influences and culture in their own practice to join us on our journey of exchange, Simon Cooper, Zoe MacDonell and Jennie Tate. Their works are exhibited together with Leanne’s on Side B of our Match Box Gallery.

Leanne Shedlezki explaining art work

Leanne on the Gascoyne introducing the Match Box Gallery. Works on top row by Leanne Shedlezki, and

bottom rowL-R by Jennie Tate, Zoe MacDonell and Simon Cooper.

Above 2 photos by Tony Egan. See more details.

Low Res - Australia Day, Nagoya Garden, Hyde Park Sydney 2006

Introducing our first Match Box Gallery with the History of the Project in Nagoya Gardens, Hyde Park