Research Output per year
I am a Japanese art practitioner specializing in photography, now living and working in north-east England. Before becoming a Lecturer in Fine Art at Teesside University, Middlesbrough, I was the Jo Spence Research Fellow at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, working on a photographic project in collaboration with Northumbria NHS Trust.
- MPhil Fine Art, School of Arts & Social Sciences, Northumbria University, U.K, 2004-2009.
- MA Photography, School of Arts & Design, Nottingham Trent University, U.K, 1998-2000.
- BA Media Art, School of Arts, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Japan, 1994-1998.
- 2012, Combined Royal Colleges Medal, Royal Photographic Society, London, U.K.
- 2006, Overall winner, The Seeds of Change Photographic Award, London, U.K.
- 2005, The Miki Jun Award, Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan.
- 2000-2004, Jo Spence Fellowship, UK.
- 2000, Overall winner, The Observer Hodge Photographic Award, The Observer, London, U.K.
Summary of Research Interests
My practice-based research explores ideas and methodologies around narrating human experiences with photographic images. The wider interpretation of portraying humanity is my on-going project. It is also concerned with issues of archiving and display.
Research Projects & External Funding
2020: Berwick Photography Competition, Healing Arts project, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.
2017 ongoing: 'Supporting Women in the Community and Home (SWITCH) project in Middlesbrough. This is a Lottery funded project which is managed and delivered by NACRO in Tees Valley.
External Roles and Professional Activities
- 2017: Group Exhibition 'Wa no Contemporary Art in Japan', Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan.
- 2016: Artist in Residency, Miyoshi, Tokushima, Sikoku Island, Japan.
External Research Collaborations
- Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
- Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust
Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities
Through hands-on, practical workshops, lectures and group discussions, I try and inspire students to explore and to think as critically as possible across the widest range of creative aspects within the medium of photography, both traditional and digital.
Research output: Non-textual form › Exhibition
Research output: Book/Report › Book