As soon as she arrives in the country, Lady Aiko will be whisked away to paint a massive wall at Gatwick Airport in preparation for the Rugby world cup. On 19 and 20 September, Japan play at The Amex Stadium, Brighton being chosen as only one of eleven cities to host the games.
Lady Aiko will have a number of engagements whilst in our fair city including opening ‘The Costume Games’ on 16 September with Coppe, the self-styled ‘Godmother of Japanese Electronica’. Coppe will be playing her music and creating her amazing vibe as Lady Aiko completes her artwork, whilst hundreds of people join in to build and create the Costume Gardens. Lady Aiko will also be creating a large piece of art at the Old Steine Gardens, transforming them into the home for The Costume Games
It's going to be quite a unique event, so try and make it if you can! The Costume Games is a riotous, five day festival where the entire city of Brighton dresses up as its alter ego to celebrate the opening weekend of The Rugby World Cup 2015. The Games are all about fun, creativity and participation, where everyone is invited to dress up and play.
There will also be a Costume clinic:
Some of the best costume creative’s in the world are coming to The Costume Games! Oscar winning Costume Designer Lindy Hemming, Costume FX Supervisor Graham Churchyard, Costume prop designer, maker and stylist Vin Burnham, and the original 'batsuit wrangler' Day Murch will be giving talks, running workshops and giving advice on your costume on Saturday 19 September at the Costume Clinic.
During her residency in the city, Lady Aiko will be having a solo show at ink_d gallery from 11 – 20 September:
The show is titled 'Edo City Girl' and will feature stunning mixed media canvases in Lady Aiko's inimitable style where East meet West in a fusion of American urban pop and traditional Japanese aesthetics.
Lady Aiko is well known for her work with Banksy, Takashi Murakami and FAILE, but since becoming a solo artist in her own right Lady Aiko has developed a distinctive style mixing together American contemporary art movements such as Abstractionism, POP Art, Graffiti and Street Art with the Japanese traditional aesthetic in which she was originally trained.
There will also be an exclusive limited edition print release which will be hand finished LIVE at the opening night on Thursday 10 September 6.30-8.30pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
So.....The PV is on 10 September, with drinks courtesy of Asahi beer.....See you then!