浮島彫刻スタジオ UKISHIMA SCULPTURE STUDIO

History

1961Born in St. Albans, Great Britain.
1978Primary and secondary education - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
1979Awarded Community Services prize for 2 years voluntary work co-ordinating social activities for Craighouse Hospital Garfield Home for Handicapped Children
1979-83B.A Hons. in Fine Art, University of Newcastle-u-Tyne, Great Britain.
1983Set costume designer, ASM, for Newcastle University Theatre Society Founder member, choreographer, set costume designer, dancer for NU Dances Company
1983Taught Dance/Movement/Sculpture Workshops:Bonar Hall, Dundee; Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; D.L.I Museum Arts Centre, Durham, UK.
1984Artist in Residence in two secondary schools, Newcastle-u-Tyne, England.
1984-87Artist in Residence/Community Artist in the Gorbals,Glasgow, Scotland.
1988Founder Director Company Secretary of Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Scotland.
1988Organiser participant College Lands Sandstone Sculpture Project, Glasgow, Scotland.
1988Attended the International Sculpture Conference, Dublin,Republic of Ireland.
1991Established Ukishima Sculpture Studio, Iwate, Japan.
1992Consultant for Miyakoda Public Sculpture Project, Hamamatsu, Japan.
1993Gift from the Sea, private monument, Ardeche, France.
1994Worked on Fountain Monument for Furusato Nigiwai Plaza, Hashikami, Aomori, Japan.
1994Private monument, Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.
1997-2000Member of Advisory Committee, Michinoku Mystery Film Festival, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
1997-Consultant for Ohkurayama Artists’Work Camp, Miyagi, Japan.
1997-Associate Member, Japan Institute of Architects, Iwate, Japan
1998Juror for sculpture section, Iwate Prefecture Festival of Art, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
1998Innitiator Festival Co-ordinator, Iwate Art Festival UK98, Iwate, Japan
2000Awarded Best Artist Of the Year - 1999, Iwate Prefecture Board of Education, Japan
20002 months working at Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland.
2001Co-ordinator for Hironori Katagiri`s exhibitions, lectures, and residency project as part of the Japan 2001 Festival, UK
2003Selected for the Japanese Comtemporary Sculpture Competition, Maquette Exhibition, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
2003Selected for the Kajima Sculpture Competition, Maquette Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2005Invited speaker for the Stone Work Symposium 2005, Ohio, USA
2006Member of Organising Committee, Tokyo Ikebukuro Art Festival 2006, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan
2006Consultant for U.K. based Grizedale Arts’ “7 Samurai” project in Japan.
2011-Established and director, Ukishima Sculpture Studio Ltd, Scotland, U.K.
2011-Initiator of the “ Postcard Projects”, Japan and UK.
2016-Worked at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop

Visiting lecturer in art schools, architecture departments, and various institutions in Japan since 1990, and the Fine Art Department, University of Newcastle-u-Tyne, UK in 1991. Freelance arts writer for The Japan Times (national English language newspaper)

Public Projects

1991Yurinoki-dori Sculpture Project, Hamamatsu, Japan.
1991"V.J.Bering Monument" Plaza, Ajishima, Miyagi, Japan.
1992Fountain Monument, Contemporary Poet Park, Kitakami, Iwate, Japan
1992"Moon Echo", monument for Gobanshyo Park, Ojika, Miyagi, Japan.
1992-93Sculpture Project for NEOX, Chiba New Town Chuo, Japan.
1992-93PACT project, Monument for the centenary of Sendai Dai-ichi High School, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan.
1993"Listen to the Wind", sandstone monument, Irvine New Town, Ayrshire, Scotland.
1993"Gift from the Sea", private monument, Ardeche, France
1994Private monument, Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.
1995Monument for the 50th Anniversary of Tsuchiyagawa Town, Iwate, Japan.
1996Sculpture for Spash-Land Park, Shiroishi, Miyagi, Japan.
1998Monument to Henry Dyer, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan and the Marine Technology Centre, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.
1998"Waves of Affinity" Monument for UK98, British Embassy in Japan, Tokyo, Japan
1999Sculpture for the EDA Garden Project, Tokyo, Japan
1999Family, statue for Children`s Centre, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
1999Street furniture for Hirosaki City Land-readjustment Project, Aomori, Japan
2003"Celtic Key" sculpture for Asahi Seimei Insurance Building, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2003"Lunar Cycle", light sculpture for the entrance of Sakai Hospital, Iwate-cho, Iwate, Japan
2003"Iwate Red Data Book", Iwate Numakunai Art Road, Iwate, Japan
2004“Resonance” for Dorchester Minamiaoyama, Minamiaoyama, Tokyo, Japn
2004“Seven Journeys” for Nango library, Nango, Aomori, Japn
2006“O-kaeri” for High Home Hiratsuka , Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan
2007“Cloud 9” for Fortissimo H, Nagoya, Japan
2007“Déjà vu”, sculpture for Good-Will Co., Ltd., Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan.
2007“Prima Vera”, sculpture for ‘Tokyo Midtown’ development, Tokyo, Japan.
2007“Resonance” for Praud Fujimigaoka, Fujimigaoka, Tokyo, Japan
2007"Celtic Key", Todakyu Tamayama Factory, Tamayama, Iwate, Japan.
2007“Duet” & “Relative Values” for Praud Shin-Urayasu, Shin-Urayasu, Tokyo, Japan
2007“Spring”, “Primavera” & “Printemps” for Kashiwanoha Campus Art Project, Tokyo, Japan.
2008"Moon Dance", Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
2008"Messenger", Toyosu, Tokyo, Japan
2009Sculpture for Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan
2009"Prometheus" for Hamadayama, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
2009-16“British Business Award” trophy, Tokyo Japan
2010”Moon Dance 2010", Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
2010"Resonance","Icarus", sculpture for Higashi Gotanda, Tokyo, Japan
2011"Wind and Tide", Minatomirai, Yokohama, Japan
2011"Aphrodite", Narishima Clinic, Koma, Iwate, Japan
2012"Moon Dance", Pallace Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
2012"Seven Days", Hori Clinic, Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan
2012"Entrance To the Maze", Miraka Holdings Co.Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
2012"Key of Affinity", Otemachi Financial City, Tokyo, Japan
2013Sculpture for private house, Morioka, Iwate, Japan.
2014Sculpture for Nanbu Irika, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2015Sculpture Bench for Sakiyama Kaizuka Jomon Park, Miyako, Iwate, Japan
2015Sculpture for Park City Osaki The Tower, Osaki Tokyo, Japan
2016“Envision”, 50th anniversary monument for Nichi-iko Co.Ltd, Toyama, Toyama, Japan
2017“Duet” Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
2017“Aphrodite”, ‘Three Graces’ for residential building, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
2018“Moon Dance”, for KPMG, Edinburgh, Scotland
2018“Dance of Life”, for Miura Maternity Hospital, Morioka, Iwate, Japan/td>
2018-20“British Business Award” trophy, Tokyo Japan
2020“William Adams monument”, British Embassy Tokyo, Japan
2021“Duet” Proud Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan

Solo Exhibitions

1983Dance - Sculpture Drawing. Bonar Hall, Dundee and Belford Dance Centre, Edinburgh,Scotland
1989Journey To The Sea, One Woman Show, Honda Clio Gallery, Sendai, Japan.
1999Part of the Maze, Morioka Crystal Gallery, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2001Drawings Small Sculptures, Genkan Gallery, Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
2001Light, Morioka Crystal Gallery, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2002Seventh Heaven,Bansui Gallery, Sendai, Japan
2003One Woman Show, Moriioka Crystal Gallery, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2004Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri,two man show, Space TRY Gallery, Shiroganedai, Tokyo, Japan
2008Eloquence of Material, Hillside Forum, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
2010House for an art lover, Glasgow, Scotland
2019“Entrance to the Maze”, solo exhibition at Yorozu Tetsugoro Memorial Art Museum, Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan

Group Exhibitions

1983Tyne Tees Northern Open, touring exhibition, England.
1983Movement, DLI Museum Arts cventre, Durham, England.
1984-87Gorbals Fair Society Arts Project, Glasgow, Scotland.
1985-87Christmas Exhibition, Compass Gallery, Glasgow.
1986Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy,Edinburgh, Scotland.
1986Open Circle - Sweinfurt Exhibition, touring West Germany.
1986Three Community Arts Projects, Transmissions Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.
1986The Barras, Compass Gallery, Glasgow.
1988Torch exhibited in the SSHA Garden, Glasgow Garden Festival 1988, Scotland.
1988College Lands Sandstone Sculpture Project, Glasgow.
1989Work from Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Springburn Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
1990Guest Artist, Masterpieces from the British Arts Council Collection, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
19904th Japan Stone Product Concours, Oshima, Ehime, Japan.
1991First International Japan Stone Fair, Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan.
1992NL40 in Iwate Sculpture Exhibition, Iwate, Japan.
1993Small Sculptures, Konishi Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
1994Celtic Festival, Tokyo Ryutsu Centre, Japan.
1994Yamanashi International Centre, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan
1996Two Sculptors - Kate Thomson Hironori Katagiri, Shirai Gallery, Nanao, Ishikawa, Japan.
1997Invited artist, Iwate Prefecture Art Festival, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
1997Celtic Festival, ASIZ Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
1997Discovery in Known Space, Samurai House, Shiroishi, Miyagi, Japan
1997-99Iwate Festival of Art, annual exhibitions, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
1998Affinity, Iwate Art Festival UK98, Gallery Saiensu, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
1999One Woman Show, Moriioka Crystal Gallery, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2001Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri, Bansui Gallery, Sendai, Japan
200210th Shiroishi Sculpture Exhibition, Samurai House, Shiroishi, Miyagi, Japan
2002DaikanYama Art Fair 2002, art Front Gallery, Tokyo
2002Charity Exhibition for Unicef, Bansui Gallery, Sendai, Japan
2003Macquette exhibition, Japanese Comtemporary Sculpture Competition, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
2003Small Sculptures from Iwate sculpture Symposium in 30 Years, Ishigami no Oka Gallery, Iwate, Japan
2004Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri, SpaceTRY, Shiroganedai, Tokyo, Japan
2005Into Unknown Landscape, Bobiro Gallery, Mejiro, Tokyo, Japan
2005Song Sook-Nam's Pictures and Kate Thomson's Sculptures, Sendai Mediateque Gallery, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
2005Kokaido Art Show 2005, Iwate ken Kokaido, Morioka, iwate, Japan
2006"ART/ROOM2006", Art Front Gaqllery, Daikanyama, Tokyo
2006Art/Room, Art Front Gallery, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
2006Tokyo Ikebukuro Art Festival 2006, Takata Primary School, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan
2007Kokaido Art Show 2007, Iwate ken Kokaido, Morioka, iwate, Japan
200710th Anniversary Exhibition, Bansui Gallery, Sendai, MIyagi, Japan
2008Eloquence of Material, 4 man show, Hillside Forum, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
2008Spring Wind, Hillside Forum, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
2009“Lyrical Abstractions” Mellerstian House, Berwickshire, Scotland
2009“Lyrical Abstractions 2” Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland
2009“RSA Annual Open”, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland
2010Hatsu-Uri Show, Iwate Prefecture Kokaido Civic Hall, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
20103rd Kokaido Art Show+, Iwate Prefecture Kokaido Civic Hall, Kyu-Ishiikenreishitei, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2010Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri Sculpture, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2010"Christmas Exhibition", Compass Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2011"Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri Sculpture", Hart Gallery, London, UK
2011"Living With Art", Club 8 Sutdio Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2011"Messages From the North ~Tsunami Charity Exhibition", Gallery Tamura, Tokyo, Japan
2011"20 Years ON: Ukishima Sculpture Studio", Kyu Ishi Kenrei shitei, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2011"Mellerstain Art Gallery Summer Exhibition", Mellerstain Art Gallery, Mellerstain House, Gordon, Berwickshire, Scotland
2011~“Postcards From Japan”, St.John’s Church, Edinburgh, UK ,touring to Japan Society, New York, USA, Japan Embassy, London, UK, IKON gellery, Birmingham, UK
2011"TOHOKU - SCOTLAND", Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
2011"Christmas Exhibition", Kyu Ishi Kenrei shitei, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2011Postcards To Japan, Iwate Museum of Art, Morioka,touring to Fukushima Museum of Art, Minami Soma museum, Fukushima, Japan
2012selected at "RSA OPEN 2012", Edinburgh, Scotland.
2013“Lyrical Abstractions-Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri”, Space TRY, Tokyo, Japan.
2013Maritime Exhibition, Coal Ruadh Sculpture Park, Scotland
2013“Fumizuki-ten”, Art Gallery, Chinzanso Hotel Tokyo, Mejiro, Tokyo, Japan
2013selected at "RSA OPEN 2012", Edinburgh, Scotland.
2013“Christmas Show”, Kaigado Gallery, Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2014“Three Sculptors”, Kaigado Gallery, Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2014“New At 108”, 108 Fine Art, Halogate, England, UK
2014“Kenreitei Anonymous”, Kyu Ishii Kenrei shitei, Morioka, Iwate, Japan.
2014“Milton Mixed Winter Show”,Milton Art Gallery, Banchory, Scotland, UK
2014“2015 “REC3.11 ~Post 3.11.What Art Can Do?”, Kyu Ishii Kenrei shitei, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2015“Invisible Matter”, Art Gallery, Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK
2016“Lyrical Abstraction~Stone Sculpture Exhibition”, Milton Art Gallery, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
2018“Iwate Art Fair”, Club Eight Studio Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2021“Lyrical Abstractions-Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri”, Implexus Gallery, Morioka, Iwate, Japan
2021“Family Portrait - 10th Spring”, Kyu Ishii Kenrei shitei, Morioka, Iwate, Japan.

International Sculpture Symposium

1987Assistant, Lumsden International Sculpture Symposium, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
1988Organiser participant, College Lands Sandstone Sculpture Project, Glasgow, Scotland.
1989Invited Artist, Lindabrunn International Sculpture Symposium, Austria.
1989Assistant, Sendai International Sculpture Symposium '89, Sendai, Japan.
1990Assistant Artist, Park Hills Tawara Sculpture Symposium,Kansai Science City, Osaka, Japan.
1990Invited Artist, 3rd Vermont Sculpture Symposium, Vermont, U.S.A.
1990Invited Artist, Malta-Oshima Sculpture Symposium, Oshima, Ehime, Japan.
1996Invited Artist, Nanao International Artist Camp, Nanao, Ishikawa, Japan.
1997Invited Artist, NL40 Sculpture Symposium, Iwate-town, Iwate, Japan
2002Invited Artist, Rachana International Sculpture Symposium, North Lebanon

Public Collection

Iwate Museum of Art, Japan
Mayfield Church, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Engineering Depatment, Tokyo University, Japan
Engineering Depatment, Strath Clyde University, Glasgow, Scotland UK
Stirling University, Scotland. UK
Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan
British Embassy in Japan
Brittish Gas, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Miller Homes Urban, Scotland, UK
Rachana International Sculpture Symposium, North Lebanon.

Work in public collections in Japan, America, Austria, Lebanon, and Great Britain
Work in private collections in Japan, Germany, France, and Great Britain.



Public Collection

“Postcards from Japan” exhibition catalogue ISBN 978-4-9900919-2-7 C1071
“TOHOKU-SCOTLAND” exhibition catalogue ISBN 978-4-9900919-3-4 C1071
“Postcards To Japan” exhibition catalogue ISBN 978-4-9900919-4-1 C1071
“Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri” exhibition catalogue ISBN 978-1-902721-44-6
“3rd Kokaido Art Show +” 2010 catalogue ISBN 978-4-903165-04-2 C1071
“Kate Thomson Relative Perceptions” catalogue ISBN 4-99009 19-1-4
“Iwate At Festival UK98” catalogue ISBN 4-9980696-0-8
“Cosmos – Sculpture Monument for Miyagi-Ken Sendai Daiichi High School” catalogue
“Kokaido Art Show 2005” catalogue
“Kokaido Art Show 2007” catalogue ISBN 978-4-903165-03-5
“Filling an emptiness with public play” Japan Times, October 13, 2005
“The meeting of art and architecture in Iwate” Japan Times, August.24, 2005
“Dolls surreal influence Kachina beliefs inspired Horst Antes” Japan Times, May 11, 2005
“A new world order in a school gym” Japan Times, November 17 2004
“Emancipating Art” J Select Magazine, October 1 2004
“An Eastern art show to rival Venice” Japan Times September 29 2004
“Kaleidoscope of colourful fashion” Japan Times, September 1 2004
““Re-presenting the modern by any means” Japan Times May 5 2004
“Sculptor who modelled open-air” Japan Times, March 24, 2004
“Sculpture Symposiums – International ideas take shape in Lebanon” Japan Times, Dec. 2002
“Let there be light in the urban darkness” Japan Times, September 2002
“Mastering the fine art of science” Japan Times, July 3 2002
“Impressionist master of time and space” Japan Times February 6 2002
“Putting the regions back in the spotlight” Japan Times November 2001