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Installation shot of Ryoko Akama's work in Associated Matter at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photography Jonty Wilde

Ryoko Akama

Ryoko Akama’s (b. 1976) work sits within installation, composition and performance. She creates experiences that magnify silence, time and space.

Akama’s artworks use found objects – old antiques and toys such as paper balloons and glass bottles – to create tiny occurrences that embody very minimal and transient aesthetics. Sculptural installations are created by fragile contraptions automated by small motors, electromagnetic force, gravity and other natural phenomena, these contraptions create unexpected sound and light emissions, forming one off experiences.

Recent exhibitions include Konfrontation Festival, Nickelsdorf, FON festival, UK and University of Huddersfield.

Associated Matter

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield
Saturday 22 June - Sunday 7 July 2019

For the last six months, Yorkshire Sculpture International has been working with five sculptors from Yorkshire on a programme of mentoring and support to develop their practice.

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Our engagement programme

Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 had an extensive engagement programme, working with schools, universities, communities and artists.

We explored sculpture with people of all ages, connecting them with the materials and processes used in making sculpture today and showing how sculpture can be found all around us.

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