The Sankikai Association was founded in 1949 and celebrated its 67 th anniversary this year. Sankikai is an art association for the contemporary arts which invites the public to participate in its activities.
Initially, the Sankikai Association was a group for watercolors artists which was established by Kaiichi Tagai. Mr. Tagai was one of the famous watercolor artists in Japan and Sankikai gradually expanded its genre and sought to include additional participants. Presently, the Sankikai Association is comprised of four divisions consisting of picture (oil painting, picture in watercolors, pastel, etc., except Japanese old style painting), sculpture, handicraft arts (ceramic art, dyeing and weaving, embroidery, etc.), and photograph (monochrome, digital, etc.) and covers almost all genres, except calligraphy.
There are currently about 600 members (executive members and regular members) in the Sankikai Association.
As a result of its diversification, the Sankikai Association has firstly recommended free expression among its members in different characteristics since its foundation. Therefore, each artist expresses his/her own work based on his/her own personality. Therefore, the artist work does not reflect any bias’ instead the artist can be more creative. Secondly, the administration of the Sankikai Association is democratic and internal communication occurs with ease. Members freely talk among themselves and decide the Sankikai Association’s policy and jointly shar information.
Since its foundation, we have maintained Sankikai as a public art association and seek additional participants at our nationwide exhibition that is held once a year.
We held an exhibition in 2007 in the National New Museum located in Roppongi, Tokyo for a period of 13 days in the latter half of May 2015. The total exhibition area was 4,000 square meters. The number of artists who participated was about 800 and the number of exhibited works was approximately 1,000.
As to the exhibition, there are certain rules, but there are no restrictions based on age, sex, and nationality.
The works are collected widely and the Sankikai Association anxiously anticipates meeting new artists who have future potential.
Local exhibitions are held in three major cities such as Sendai, Nagoya, and Kyoto after the main national exhibition is held in Tokyo. The total number of visitors amounts to about 30,000 totally in four city exhibitions.
I strongly expect that many people will attend our exhibitions and view our art in the future.
Representative of Sankikai Kazuo Taira
Sankikai is a combined art association in Japan consisting of four divisions which are paintings, sculptures, handicrafts and photographs.As public application exhibition, “Sankikaiten”is held at the main exhibition place: National Art Center, Tokyo on May every year. Other exhibition places: Diffrent place exhibitions are held at Tohoku( Sendai or Yamagata), Tokai(Nagoya), Kansai(Kyoto), as three locations.From the foundation, Sankikai has been managed under thedemocratic and open atmosphere as tradition respecting of originality, fresh and free expression.The Sankikai association consists of the executive members and regular members. The association has its head office at Nakano of Tokyo.
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