The Golden Age of Colour Prints: Special Events

04 March 2020


The Golden Age Dinner, by Tony Twitchett, Executive Chef, Taxi – Friday 8 March
Following the opening party of the exhibition The Golden Age of Colour Prints, SAM in partnership with Eastbank Food are offering an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the incredible food of Tony Twitchett; Executive Chef of Japanese Restaurant, Taxi in Melbourne. Book early as places are limited. $120 per person, ticket includes an invitation to the opening of The Golden Age of Colour Prints and all drinks.

Mother’s Day at SAM: A Japanese Infused High Tea – Sunday 12 May, 11am to 1pm
Enjoy a selection of delicious savouries and sweets inspired by Japanese culinary traditions in the form of a traditional high tea. Be entertained by the beautiful sounds of Shakuhachi, the Japanese flute, with a performance by Anne Norman, who will take you on a journey about the history of tea and the Japanese tea ceremony. Included in your ticket is an exquisite hand-made ceramic tea bowl created by artist Angie Russi, a ticket to The Golden Age of Japanese Prints and the exhibition catalogue. Adults $80, children under 12 years $45.

Exclusive Educators Preview with Joan Wright, Conservator, Museum of Fine Arts, BostonWednesday 6 March, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Joan Wright, Conservator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will present a brief history of the MFA's Japanese print collection and the significance of Golden Age prints in context of imagery and artists.  She will also explain the ukiyo-e printing processes and an understanding into some of the requirements for preservation and display of the prints.

VCE Student Seminar: Visual art, design and the Golden Age of Colour Prints, Wed 13 March, 2pm - 4.15pm
Keynote Lecture: The Evolution of Ukiyo-e and Beyond
Wayne Crothers, Curator Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria
Looking closely at the cultural influences and context which led to the Golden Age in ukiyo-e, this presentation will outline the origins of black and white printing in Asia and its gradual development into exquisite Japanese multi-colour ukiyo-e prints.

Artist talk: Ema Shin, Artist specialising in wood block printsEma is a Melbourne based Japanese artist who has a master’s degree majoring in traditional and contemporary print from Aichi Art University in Japan. Experimenting with the traditions of Japanese printmaking and using handmade Asian papers, raw hemp and cotton fabrics she combines drawing, digital print, stitching and embroidery to create contemporary mixed media artworks.

A Compelling Graphic – A Compelling Concept with Josh Durham, Freelance Designer
Graphic designer Josh Durham will present a talk on his approach to visual design and sources of inspiration. Providing insight into the world of book cover design in Australia, the discussion will reflect upon creative processes, from design brief to final outcome. Having worked for both commercial and smaller publishers, this presentation will look at the relationship between art and design from the point of view of a freelance designer.

BOOKINGS:  To purchase tickets to this exhibition or the special events listed above, please visit the Riverlinks Box Office at the Eastbank Centre or phone (03) 5832 9511 or at

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