The Foreign Artists Exhibition 26

The twenty-sixth Foreign Artists’ Exhibition (FAE 26) will be held at the Nagoya International Center (NIC) from the 1st to the 6th of November, this year.

Organized by the six-member Central Japan International Society (CJIS), and with invaluable support from NIC, this ever-popular show,as always, will be held in accordance with the objectives of the exhibition, drawn up by CJIS/NIC in…..1986!

“To provide a forum for foreign resident artists to present their artwork to local citizens, thereby fostering international exchange and understanding among local and foreign communities.”

Phew! It sounds good but I’m still not sure what it all means. What I do know is that over the years it’s been a tremendous amount of fun, calling for artists, setting up the display room , then communicating with, and meeting artists from all over the world.

Just who will show up? What art will they bring? (and what problems might they present). Every year brings new surprising, fascinating individuals, with (frequently) amazing artwork.

None of us will forget, for example, first meeting the Italian artist Matteo Giachetti (FAE 24), and seeing his magnificent photo-print  manipulations. He will be sorely missed at FAE 26, having returned to Europe.

For the past 26 years, FAEs have featured the work of around 50 to 60 artists annually, from a wide variety of countries – about 40 so far!  Artworks have ranged from collage and photography to oil painting and woodblock prints; from pottery and ceramics to sculpture and wood-carving; and from ink drawings, watercolors, and cartoons  to video art and even short films.

An average of around 1,100 people visit the show each year so that by exhibiting at FAE (for a modest rental fee, depending on how much space is required), artists are guaranteed a huge audience for their artwork, an audience it would be hard to secure in other types of exhibition space.

In addition to the thousands of people who have seen the shows over the years, CJIS has also benefitted from the generous support of countless volunteers who have helped us to organize and,  more importantly, to conduct the exhibition successfully.

Last year’s FAE was our Silver Jubilee show, but unfortunately participation dropped slightly to only 52 artists, although visitor numbers, no doubt backed up by a sparkling closing party in the Annexe Hall adjacent to NIC, were as healthy as ever.

This year we are back on track with around 60 participants, 19 of whom are first-timers.
Will it be another useful exercise in “…fostering international exchange and understanding among local and foreign communities” ? Don’t know, but what we do know is that it’ll be a whole lot of fun.

Be sure to find time to drop by NIC and see what’s on view. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 7pm (5pm on final day), is of course free for all. Some artists sell post cards of their work or other low-cost items.


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