[NEWS] 4th anniversary event held at HERALBONY GALLERY (live streaming available)

“Iwate, the birthplace of Heralboni, a place that stands out more than anywhere else”
"HERALBONY GALLERY" opened on April 25, 2022 with the concept of

We have held a total of 9 special exhibitions so far with the desire to create a place where genuine respect for artists is born through the filter of "art". This time, the 10th special exhibition to commemorate, we will commemorate the 4th anniversary of HERALBONY and the 1st anniversary of the opening of " HERALBONY GALLERY". The original paintings drawn by five popular artists enrolled in the "I Art Museum" and lifestyle products designed with that art will be exhibited together to vividly color the space.

At the anniversary talk event held in [Iwate Limited] this time, Mr. Takashi Itagaki, the art director of the Rumbinii Museum, will be invited as a guest, and along with Fumino Matsuda, the founder of Heralbony, the exhibited works will be displayed. We will talk passionately while introducing the unknown backstories of the authors.

Furthermore, in the second half of the talk event, Mr. Satoru Kobayashi, a popular Heralbony artist and a member of the Rumbinii Museum, will be on stage, and the “Deai Class ” will be held for the first time at the HERALBONY GALLERY .

Event overview

Date and time: 2022/7/24 [Sun] 14:00-16:00 (entrance reception | 13:45)
■ Venue: HERALBONY GALLERY (real venue + live distribution on Instagram)
Address: 2-38 Kaiunbashi-dori, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture @ HOMEDLUX Building 4th floor There is an elevator behind the entrance on the 1st floor of the building, so please use it.
■ Participation fee: Free ■ Participation privilege: 4th anniversary sticker ■ Click here to apply

■ Time schedule
14:00 Opening
14:00~14:05 Anniversary greeting
14:05~14:15 Introduction of speakers
14:15~15:00 Talk session
15:00~15:50 Deai class
15:50~16:00 Gallery talk (Introduction of artists and works currently on display at the Rumbinii Art Museum)
16:00 Closing

*The gallery is open until 19:00, so you can continue to enjoy the exhibition.
*Please note that the works on display at this special exhibition are not for sale.
*This event will be streamed live on the official HERALBONY Instagram account .
Those who wish to watch the live broadcast do not need to apply in advance.
If you live far away, we would appreciate it if you could watch the event online.

■ What is the Deai Class Project?

This is an initiative aimed at dissemination of visiting lectures where people with intellectual disabilities serve as instructors and the method of doing so. In March 2016, volunteers from various fields, such as welfare, education, art, and administration, formed a project team in response to a call from the Rumbinii Museum in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture, and started the project. There are three themes that form the core of the course. The teacher's own history. A lecturer's "portrait of the heart". “Bonds” with various people, including family members, surrounding the instructor. In other words, the "person" of the lecturer itself is the theme of the lesson. No matter how much we learn about "disability" and "disabled people", we cannot understand "persons" with disabilities. No one has a disability. There is only one person. Only one history, heart, and bond in this world. Everything starts with meeting people and getting to know them. That is the basic idea of this project.

Guest Introduction|Takashi Itagaki Art Director, Rumbinii Art Museum

Born in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture in 1971 as the eldest son of a farmer. After his boyhood, when he aimed to become a manga artist, and his college days, when he switched from researching the cognitive functions of the brain to copperplate printing, in 1998 he casually entered the gates of Lumbini-en, a welfare facility for the disabled. (When I was a boy, the name of the facility was a derogatory term among my friends.) When I met the people who lived there and the sculptures they created, the course of my life changed. Since then, he has continued to support the creative expression of people living with intellectual and mental disabilities at welfare facilities such as the same garden and schools for the disabled. Involved in the museum establishment plan of the park management corporation, and became the art director of the "Rumbini Museum" when it opened in 2007. Why did I once despise people I didn't even know? Starting with that question, I devote myself to creating a museum as a place to encounter the hearts of others and experience the homogeneity of all life. In 2016, the Deai Class Project was launched with the aim of popularizing on-site classes in which people with intellectual disabilities serve as instructors. In 2020, we established the Shakai no Kusuri Laboratory to further expand these practices.

■Artist introduction | Mr. Satoru Kobayashi
Enrolled in Rumbinii Art Museum

Favorite musicians are Billy Joel, Queen, Yosui Inoue, Spitz and THE BOOM. And I love walking. When Kobayashi was in middle school at a school for the disabled, he began writing diaries and essays by arranging all the characters in a unique way. At first, the teachers at school struggled to find a way to fix it, but eventually they switched to seeing it as an attractive formative expression. With this as a turning point, his expression began to flourish as an art form that brought joy to many people.