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Video archive of the current state of lacquer arts and crafts
During this pause in our lives and in the Project’s programs, we have decided to create a video archive of the current state of lacquer arts and crafts in Southeast Asia. We are beginning with Thailand and Vietnam. When the editing is finished, we will upload the video to our website. The Video Archive is a collaborative research project by the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project and is supported by Utsunomiya University’s Diversity Research Environment Promotion, the Nomura Foundation, the Union Foundation for Ergodesign for Culture, and the Pola Art Foundation. 24 July 2021 update
Video Archive Project #1 Thailand - short version (3 miutes)
Video Archive Project #1 Thailand - complete version (28 minutes)
World of Urushi 2020 Tokyo -- Postponement and Rescheduling
The COVID-19 coronavirus is engulfing our world. We wish everyone good health. Please stay safe!
The “World of Urushi” Tokyo exhibition and symposium is being postponed. The Executive Committee took this decision because of the COVID-19 pandemic's ferocity and the continued uncertainly of its duration. Priority must be given to the health and safety of participants.
The “World of Urushi” will now be held in October 2022. The venue has already been arranged. We know that many of you have been preparing for and looking forward to the Tokyo program. However, we also know that you understand the reasons for the rescheduling. 
Please continue to check the program website for more information on the 2022 Tokyo “World of Urushi”. The website will be updated with new information and program details as they become available.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 
Organizers  (10. May, 2020)
世界のうるし-装飾と造形- 展覧会とシンポジウム開催延期
世界のうるし-装飾と造形- 展覧会とシンポジウムは、漆芸を通した国際的な事業であり、日本そして世界各国の多くの方々に参観・参加していただくことで、本来の事業の目的が達成できると考えております。運営委員会では、海外からの渡航制限に加え、来場される方々の健康と安全を最優先に考えた結果、今年の展覧会とシンポジウムの開催を延期することといたしました。2022年10月を予定しております。詳細を決定いたしましたら改めてお知らせいたします。
運営実行委員会 (2020. 5.10)

2020 Exchange Program in Tokyo, 26-27 September, Tokyo University of the Arts
2020 Exhibition in Tokyo, 26 September - 25 October, Tokyo University of the Arts
Project Website
Download - Information of World of Urushi.pdf
Download - Guideline of Poster Session.pdf
More detailed information on the 2020 Tokyo Program events and registration will be posted regularly.
2019 Program at Shanghai University, 1-3 November
上海大学美術学院にて漆交流事業開催 (11月1日-3日)
Shanghai University held a Asian Lacquer Program from 1 to 3 November. The Asia Lacquer Exchange Research Project was organizing the international participants.
2019 Asia Pacific Lacquer X Local Creation Forum, Nantou, Taiwan
台湾南投県にて 2019 亞太漆芸X地方創生論壇開催
The Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute held a symposium and exhibition of lacquer art in Nantou, Taiwan. The symposium was from 28-31 August 2019.
The event theme is “Lacquer Regional Revitalization”. Artists, artisans and experts from Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam as well as other nations participated.
Dates: 28-31 August
Place: National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Nantou
Program: 1-Lectures and Discussions, 2-Demonstrations, 3-Workshops, 4-Exhibition, 5-Study Tour
More detail, please visit below URL,
September 2018, the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project held a program in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Download Report (English, 31 December, 4MB)
On behalf of the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Project, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019.
Thank you again for participating to the Cambodia program. And thank you for the time and effort that you put into answering the survey questions. The survey results supported our belief that everyone found the program useful. In addition, there were many constructive suggestions on how to improve the Project to make it better able to reach our goals. Thank you for your ideas and support.
The Cambodian program report and proceedings is here. Report (4MB)
Please visit it and if you have any questions, suggestions, or additions, please contact me.
Planning for the 2020 program in Tokyo is already underway. In addition, Professor Jin Hui of Shanghai University has informed us that he is planning to organize an Asian lacquer program at his school in autumn 2019. We will keep you informed you about the of Shanghai event as details become available.
We are looking forward to another productive year for our Project and for lacquer culture around the world.
Sakurako Matsushima
Director, Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Project
Download Information (29 July update English)
Download Information (29 July update 日本語)
Download Invitation Card
Download Poster
Download Artist List
Download Poster Session List
Download Schedule and Map

About Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Research Program
Lacquer arts is an important Asian cultural heritage. The purpose of the Asian Lacquer Craft Exchange Project is to promote natural lacquer arts, crafts, industry, and education throughout Asia. We do this by bringing artists, artisans, educators, and scientists together for seminars, workshops, and art exhibitions. The Project began when members first visited the Bagan Lacquerware Technology College in 2003. Beginning in 2005, yearly workshops and lectures were held by Japanese lacquer experts and artists in order to introduce lacquer art and techniques to the faculty and students of the College and to the Bagan lacquer community as a whole. In 2014 an International Art Exhibition was added to the Program. Since 2016, Programs have been held in Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Bagan, Yangon, and Siem Reap.
Past Activities
9 September, 2017 Yangon, Myanmar Program

2-4 September, 2017 Bagan, Myanmar Program

19-28 August, 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam Program

18-28 February, 2016, Chiang Mai, Thailand Program

29-30 August, 2015 Siem Reap, Cambodia, Seminar and Discussions

10-13 September, 2014 Bagan Myanmar Program