Kunisaki Peninsula (Kunisaki City, Bungotakada City, Kitsuki City, Hiji Town) has an area big enough to easily accommodate all 23 wards of Tokyo. Nevertheless, compared to the 14 million population of Tokyo, there are only 100,000 people, a mere 1/140 the population of Tokyo. While in Tokyo one gets the sense of jostling against one another, the area per inhabitant of the Kunisaki Peninsula is vast. Many freelance creatives shifted to western Japan in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
There are many creatives who saw potential in depopulated areas where nature is abundant and the rent low. In the past 10 years, Kunisaki Peninsula has seen an increase in “artisans” relocating here. Even though the number of people who make "interesting things" has increased, unfortunately these "interesting people" live scattered throughout the vast Peninsula. To make matters worse, there are no shops or towns for people to gather and mingle, not to mention the pandemic has led to further isolation. With that in mind, I wanted to set up a visible space, a network, in order to create interesting things together. This led to the launch of the group “ARTISANS from the outer edges” and its kickoff event "empty gallery:00.”
The "empty gallery:00", which began on the last new moon of 2020, will close on a full moon on February 27, 2021. Nevertheless, “ARTISANS from the outer edges” will continue to stay active. There are still many creatives who could not be introduced for this event. We will expand the fields and genres with future projects. It is our hope to serve as a communication hub between creative people and as a place where various business opportunities are born.
Creative Director/GREENBOW LLC.
Literally an "Empty Gallery,” artworks and products can be viewed with a click. But this open space in the background actually exists in Bungotakada, Oita Pref.
"258" is a café and a gallery. Show Takano rented a lumbermill that had been neglected for 40 years and renovated it while his wife, Yoko, manages it. The gorgeous chandelier is what was left in the reception room.
Many such lost "treasures" are buried in the countryside. With ideas and presentation, they come to life.