Melbourne Ikebana Festival, 7 and 8 September

Sunday 26 May 2019

Events Calendar

29 May 2019: Deadline for joining Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival (tour participant)
Join Melbourne Ikebana Festival as an exhibitor.

28 June 2019: Deadline for joining Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival (individual participant)
Join Melbourne Ikebana Festival as an exhibitor.

30 June 2019: Deadline for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2019.

30 June 2019: Deadline for application for Ikebana Gallery Award (IGA) Committee

July 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019, Semifinalists will be announced.

August 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019 will be announced.

14 August 2019: Japanese Aesthetics - From Ikebana to Contemporary Art. RMIT Short Courses.

31 August & 1 September 2019: Wa - Melbourne Ikebana Festival, Abbotsford Convent. Ikebana exhibition, award, workshops, performances, demos & ikebana market etc.

31 August 2019: Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers
Melbourne Recital Centre

30 September 2019: Deadline for submitting essay for International Journal of Ikebana Studies.
Would you like to get your ikebana essay published?

Friday 17 May 2019

Ikebana to Contemporary Art: RMIT Short Courses

Shoso teaches Japanese aesthetics: From flower arrangements to contemporary art at the RMIT Short Courses. 

It is available for anyone (not just for RMIT university students). This class will take participants on a journey to explore the theory of Japanese aesthetics through practical exercises.

Our students first learn how to make a basic style ikebana arrangement and analyse its 7 principles. They learn that those principles are essential tools to study Japanese aesthetics. 

We also explore wide range of artists and their works. For instance, we briefly discussed in our second lesson Korin Ogata, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Shunmyo Masuno, Shokado Shojo, Frank Stella, Piet Mondrian, Max Bill, Vincent van Gogh & Armani.

Next Intakes: 14 August & 23 October 2019


Q: Hello Shoso

I was in your course this year & enjoyed it so much, I would like to do another with you next year. Hopefully the one starting in Feb.

Could you advise if you will be covering different topics. I don't mind repeating though but want to learn as much as I can for my second trip to Japan, April 2019. I may have a few friends also interested.

I loved my recent trip & took up many of your suggestions, Nezu Gallery & garden, Cerulean Hotel, garden of New Otani hotel, plus sampled wagashi & bought some home, everything I saw & experienced was a delight.

A: We introduce new topics each term, with two basic courses - A: Pattern & Contrast and B: Harmony & Movement. The course includes many trip advices on appreciating Japanese art. Please book early.

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Mother's Day Ikebana Workshop 2019

Mother's Day Ikebana Workshop

When: Saturday 11 May & Sunday 12 May
Where: Made in Japan, 1-7 Wynyard St, South Melbourne

Learn the essential principles of Ikebana, and apply them to make your own original flower arrangement, the perfect gift for your special person. Your mother might like to come to the workshop with you.

Fee: $80 per person
Your fee includes all the materials (container & flowers), a handout, and use of the tools to make your work.

Cancellation: Your fee is not refundable. But you will receive $80 voucher from MIJ if you give 24 hours notice of your cancellation.

Class size: min 6 / max 10
If the class size does not reach the minimum number of participants, we may cancel the session. Please check our booking page prior to attending the class.

Duration: Each class is 80 min.

Shoso Shimbo:
Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana and has over 30 years experience in Ikebana.

Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

His sculptural works have been featured in some of the contemporary art exhibitions, including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition, and BOAA. He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017.

Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He teaches Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT Short Courses.

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival presents Ikebana artist Shoso Shimbo in concert with the Grigoryan Brothers at Melbourne Recital Centre on 31 August 2019.