Published on 11th July 2014

The Wilson option

Yuko Hasegawa, Japan’s cultural envoy and world authority on Asian art, will be welcomed to The Wilson this Saturday 12 July to deliver a special one-off talk on Japanese pop art.

Beginning at 6pm, with tickets available on the door from 5pm, the talk will review work by ground-breaking Japanese artists and will explore how they have established their own creative identity in pop culture. For those arriving in good time, The Wilson Café will remain open later than usual so people can enjoy a drink or a light bite before the talk starts. This unique talk will be a fascinating insight into 20th and 21st Century Japanese art. There will be time and opportunity afterwards for questions.

Stevie Edge-McKee, The Wilson’s collections and engagement manager, says: “We are really excited to welcome Yuko Hasegawa to The Wilson, and hope that people will take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear her talk on a subject she is so knowledgeable about.”

Entry to the talk is free, but spaces are limited so arriving early is recommended. For more information please contact Alana Hopkins, Marketing & Information Officer at [email protected].


Notes to editor

The Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum was re-opened to the public on the 5th October 2013, after a major new build costing in the region of £6 million. Designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton, the new building offers something for everybody, whether they are local to the area, or coming to Cheltenham for the first time. The Wilson houses an extensive fine art collection, a re-interpreted Arts and Crafts gallery (showing the world-renowned designated collection), and includes two superb temporary exhibition galleries – for showing national and international touring shows, special highlights from the collections and fun shows for families.

The Wilson is also the new home for the town’s tourism services - with the re-location of Cheltenham’s Tourist Information Centre to the Art Gallery & Museum.  The Wilson operates as part of Cheltenham Borough Council.

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Yuko Hasegawa is a Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and also a professor of the Department of Art Science, Tama Art University in Tokyo. She was a Founding Artistic Director of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 1999-2006. She curated Istanbul Biennale 2001, Shanghai Biennale 2002, Seoul International Media Art Biennale 2006. And from 2008 she is the member of Asian Art Council at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong 2009-2010, and the Artistic Director of Inujima House Project Japan 2010. She serves as an Artistic Advisor for the Venice Architectural Biennale, a co-curator of Sao Paulo Biennale 2010 and as a curator, for Hong Kong International Art Fair 2012.