When you think of spring, what goes through your mind? Is it the beautiful blooming flowers, the newborn baby animals or the warm breeze that passes through your hair as you stroll along under the clear blue skies? With spring at our doorsteps, there are many exciting events and activities happening around town. The Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter 29 Inc. is holding their 23rd annual Ikebana Exhibition at the Gasworks Arts Park from the 17th until the 22nd of September.
Ikebana, the art of flower arrangement
What is Ikebana? For those who have not heard of Ikebana, it is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The name comes from the Japanese word 'ikeru' meaning to keep alive and living and 'hana' meaning flower. Together it translates to giving life to flowers and arranging flowers. Ikebana is said to have originated in the 6th century as offerings to the Buddhist temples when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan. More than putting flowers together, it is a disciplined art form that brings together nature and humanity. The intention behind each piece is conveyed through the colour combinations, natural shapes, lines and the implied meaning of the arrangement. Like all forms of art, Ikebana brings together people from all over the world which is enforced only by the Ikebana motto 'friendship through flowers'.
The Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter 29
Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter 29 Inc. brings together students and instructors from the Ikebana schools in Melbourne for monthly meetings, flower arrangement activities, excursions, demonstrations, swap table and many more. Melbourne is only one chapter of the 165 cities in 62 countries around the world, with the Ikebana International headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan. During the year there are an also many other ikebana exhibitions and displays to participate in. Whether you know a lot or little about this unique form of art, all guests are welcomed. Their monthly meetings are held at The Church Hall at the Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Road every second Tuesday of each month from February to November at 10:30am.
Each arrangement is unique conveying different emotions, meanings and intentions of the artist
Other Activities If you are keen to learn more about ikebana, they also offer ikebana lessons. Introductory lessons are $20 for 1 lesson or $45 for 3 lessons. You can find out more about this on their website.Throughout the year, other events include summer arrangements, fund-raising day for Ikebana International and charities, participation in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Autumn grasses 'maze-zashi' workshops, trading day, guest talks, Japanese day and 'Chabana' tea flower workshops just to name a few.
The exhibition will be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily starting on Tuesday 17th until Sunday 22nd of September. Admission is free for everyone so nothing is stopping you from dropping in to see the beautiful arrangements!
How to Get There Held at the convenient location Gasworks Arts Park, it is only 3 kilometres from the CBD. Gasworks Arts Park is a vibrant arts precinct located at 21 Graham Street, Albert Park. If you are travelling by public transport you can take tram no.1 (to South Melbourne Beach) and no.109 (to Port Melbourne) from the city or alternatively bus routes 250, 251 and 253 to Garden City and alight at the corner of Bay and Graham Street. If you are travelling via your own transportation, there is free unrestricted parking on all sides of the park.