Travels in a Paper Coat

28 Jun 2018 – 15 Jul 2018

Event times

Thursday 28 June, 6-9pm: Private View (with performance)
Friday 29 June, 6pm: Conversation with Artists
Saturday 29 June, 12 noon: Uta Makura Walk
Saturday 7 July, 12 noon: Creek Walk
Saturday 14 July, 12 noon: Uta Makura Walk
Sunday 15 July, 3-5pm: Closing Celebration

Cost of entry


APT (Art in Perpetuity Trust)

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Deptford(via London Bridge / Deptford Bridge DLR

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'Travels in a Paper Coat' is a multi-media exhibition inspired by renowned Japanese poet Matsuo Basho's famous travelogue 'The Narrow Road to The Deep North', featuring film installation, sculpture, painting, and poetry.


   The most influential poet of Japan and father of haiku, Bashō travelled like an itinerant Buddhist monk with “just my body and a paper coat”, frequently breaking down in tears at the beauty and pathos of what he saw. The Paper Coat, which artist Isao Miura has made from Japanese Shiramine paper and painted with persimmon, not only represents a practical garment, it is also a symbol of lightness, simplicity and fragility.

   Bashō’s purpose was to see and be inspired by the landmarks written about by his favourite poets of the past, a sort of pilgrimage called Uta Makura in Japanese. In the same way, this exhibition and the associated Walks will explore our relationship with nature’s beauty and power, also the enduring legends and history that inhabit the places where we live. Participants on the Walks will be encouraged to write or sketch along the way, and selected work will be displayed in the gallery as an ongoing part of the exhibition.

Exhibiting artists

Nikolai Azariah

Isao Miura

Chris Beckett


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