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2018 Art Action UK Residency Art Award Winner announced!

This year, we have received so many very high standard proposals, which made the selection process hard than ever. Between London and Tokyo, our selection team have carefully read each one of the proposals and taken each of them through a rigorous selection process. After this lengthy consideration, Art Action UK is delighted to announce Botaro Dokuyama,as our 2018 Residency Award winner.

Dokuyama is an artist originally from Fukushima, currently working in Tokyo. He has witnessed the devastating change after Fukushima Fallout Disaster, 11th March 2011, and his experience of despair became a motivation for him to confront arbitrariness and contradictions that he had overlooked, and the profundity of his experience has catapult him into the current art practice. By employing wide ranging methodologies and approaches including political activism, installation, video, and socially engaged practice, Dokuyama questions our conformity and dependency on a given social mechanism, and seek to uncover the complexity of the reality which is often hidden from our sight.

You can find out more about Bontaro Dokuyama Here.
Also you can see this link https://artaction-uk-japan.jimdo.com/

We will be delivering various events during Dokuyama’s stay in London, including the Symposium on 8th September at Deptford X Project Space. So Please watch this space!

“Art in an age of Crisis” 
The residency will take place mid August to early September 2018, and the participant is expected to take part in a symposium which is planed in early September in central London.
The theme of the symposium is ;
Art in an age of Crisis
The world is changing rapidly and in an image-orientated culture, artists and designers are increasingly drawn into a complex battle of perceptions, when engaging with the issues impacting global culture. So, how to respond with integrity? How will this impact our future? For people in the creative world, these are the key questions. For artists who have been involved in issues following the Fukushima disaster in Japan, and those who support them, these questions pose a particular challenge. Their efforts to highlight hugely complex issues are often dismissed or manipulated, and perceived as irrelevant and powerless in political decision-making. And yet the power of art is keenly felt and it has put pressure on the mainstream narratives in Japan.
This symposium will explore the possibilities of forging a different mode of engagement.

Art Action UK is committed to develop these vital discourses with artists, curators and audience.

We are a collective of artists, curators, gallerists and writers who are exploring various means to show solidarity and support for people who have been affected by natural and manmade disasters. The 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear fallout has been the catalyst for Art Action UK.

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Daiwa Foundation
Morphe Arts
Trust Greenbelt
Deptford X
White Conduit Projects
Art Map London
Art Slant
Artist Information Company
Art Rabbit