Events & News

We hope that you will be able to join us for the following events.  Please check back with us to see upcoming events such as chapter meetings, museum and gallery exhibitions, convention registrations, and more!  

If you know of a netsuke-related event that isn't listed here, please contact us.  We appreciate your feedback and your help in sharing netsuke knowledge.

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, June 01, 2014
    • Sunday, August 31, 2014
    • Art Gallery of South Australia

    11 April to 31 August 2014 
    Free admission 
    Gallery 21

    2014 is the centenary of the establishment of the Art Gallery’s important collection of Japanese netsuke, inrō and other carvings. This collection, numbering around 300 works of art, has been developed through the generosity of many South Australians including early notable art connoisseurs such as Sir Samuel Way (1836-1916) and more recently, Max Carter AO. 

    Netsuke were made as miniature functional toggles to secure small containers that were worn suspended from men’s belts during the Edo period (1615-1867). In the late nineteenth century, netsuke carvers applied the same traditional techniques to create ornamental sculptures, known as okimono, for export to the West at a time when Japanese art was highly fashionable and much sought after. 

    Netsuke, inrō and okimono are made from diverse materials and depict a vast array of subjects. The carvings in the display illustrate the themes of Auspicious animals, Myths and legends, Beliefs and superstitions, and Daily Life. 

    A richly illustrated book Netsuke and other miniatures from the Art Gallery of South Australia by Jennifer Harris accompanies the display and will be available from the Gallery Shop from late April. 

    Knowing Netsuke 
    Gallery visitors are always delighted by the detail of Japanese Netsuke, here is your chance to hear from the experts. 
    When: Saturday 19 July 2-4pm 
    2pm - Max Carter AO, gallery patron recounts his discovery of netsuke 
    2.30pm - Jennifer Harris, Curator, Netsuke and other miniatures discusses iconography, aesthetics and wonder 
    3.15pm - Catherine Truman, contemporary jeweller and object-maker speaks about her practice and the influence of netsuke 
    Cost: Free 
    Where: Radford Auditorium 
    Bookings essential: Ph 8207 7035 or email or Book online 

    Music & Dance 
    Join us for Japanese folk dance and Shakuhachi flute performances. 
    When: Saturday 19 July, Short performances between 2.30-3.30pm 
    Where: Santos Atrium & Gallery 21 
    Cost: Free 

    Carve Up 
    Artist and sculptor, Silvio Apponyi demonstrates netsuke carving techniques. 
    When: Saturday 19 July, 12pm– 3pm  
    Where: Gallery 21 
    Cost: Free 

    Weekend Talk 
    Jennifer Harris, visiting research fellow at the University of Adelaide and contributing writer to the exhibition catalogue reflects on the influence of Menpes's Japan travels on his practice. 
    When: Sunday 20 July, 1pm 
    Where: Gallery 21 
    Cost: Free 



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Past events

Sunday, August 03, 2014 Seattle Chapter Summer Luncheon Meeting
Thursday, July 03, 2014 Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces
Sunday, May 18, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Saturday, April 19, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk & Tour at LACMA
Sunday, April 13, 2014 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Spring Exhibition of Dream at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection
Sunday, March 16, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, February 16, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Saturday, January 18, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk at LACMA
Friday, January 10, 2014 Toledo Museum Online Scavenger Hunt
Monday, January 06, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk at LACMA
Sunday, October 20, 2013 INS SoCA Chapter Meeting
Sunday, October 06, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Netsuke and Diminutive Carvings from Japan
Friday, July 12, 2013 Japanese netsuke at the British Museum
Monday, July 01, 2013 Summer Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
Sunday, June 02, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
Friday, May 10, 2013 INS Convention - London 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Netsuke II Pieces from Private Hungarian Collections
Sunday, April 28, 2013 INS SoCA Chapter Meeting
Thursday, April 04, 2013 In A Nutshell - Japanese Netsuke from European Collections
Monday, April 01, 2013 The Next Stage" at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
Sunday, March 17, 2013 New York Meeting during Asia Week
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Netsuke of the Meiji Period - an online exhibit from LACMA
Sunday, February 24, 2013 San Francisco Chapter Meeting
Sunday, February 24, 2013 INS SoCA Show & Tell / Buy & Sell Meeting
Sunday, February 17, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
Friday, February 01, 2013 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Winter Opening: Masatoshi Nakamura
Sunday, December 09, 2012 Northwest Fall Chapter Meeting
Sunday, December 02, 2012 NY Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Tokyo National Museum: HIH Prince Takamado Collection
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Tokyo National Museum: The Go Collection
Saturday, October 20, 2012 Milano Netsuke Meeting
Sunday, September 16, 2012 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
Sunday, August 05, 2012 Seattle Chapter Summer Meeting
Sunday, July 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Summer Opening: Yoka Mukaida
Sunday, April 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Opening: Love by Netsuke Artists
Sunday, February 26, 2012 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
Sunday, February 19, 2012 New York Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Opening for Jin Kuwabara
Sunday, January 29, 2012 SoCA Chapter Meeting
Sunday, December 04, 2011 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, November 13, 2011 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
Thursday, October 13, 2011 Special Sagemonoya 20th Anniversary
Sunday, October 09, 2011 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, October 02, 2011 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
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