Sunday, 5 August 2018


The annual exhibition of the Melbourne Chapter was held in the lobby of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. The exhibition was for one week and concluded on Monday, 30th July. Because of the space available, length of the exhibition and the number of members who participated, the exhibition was divided into two 'sessions'.

The Sofitel is an established supporter of the arts community and a number of spaces in the hotel are used for exhibitions throughout the year. We are very grateful to the Sofitel for their support in being the hosting venue for this major event in our annual program. 

We used our shoji screens to define the space and provide additional backgrounds for the ikebana. This has meant it is not possible to give a single overall view of the exhibition.

The opening of the exhibition was held on the evening of Thursday 26th July. Mr Yoshimitsu Kawata, the Deputy Consul-General of Japan, and his wife were our honoured guests. Mr Kawata formally opened the exhibition on behalf of the Consul-General, Mr Matsunaga, who with his wife are the patrons of the Chapter.

Above the Deputy Consul-General, Mr Yoshimitsu Kawata and Mrs Trish Ward, President of Ikebana International Melbourne Chapter.

The first four photos of are of ikebana works by the Melbourne Chapter, Heads of ikebana Schools. These stayed in place over both sessions of the exhibition.

Chieko Yazaki, Head of the Shogetsudo Koryu School.

Christopher James, Head of the Sogetsu School.

Aiko Nakada, Head of the Ohara School, assisted by Lyn Wong. 

Naomi Cullen, Head of the Ichiyo School.

The next series of photos are works by individual members in the first session of the exhibition.

Judy Hajdu, Ohara School.

Kaye Wong, Ichiyo School.

Kyoko Imai, Sogetsu School.

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu School.

Felicia Huang, Ohara School.

Chiemi Daly, Shogetsudo Koryu School.

Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo School.

Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu School.

Lucy Papas, Sogetsu School.

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu School.

The following photographs are from the second session of the exhibition.

Lara Telford, Sogetsu School.

Helen Novic, Sogetsu School.

Trish Ward, Sogetsu School.

Julie Ayers, Ikenobo School.

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Rie Sasaki, Ichiyo School.

Kim Louey, Ichiyo School.

Ivy Loo, Ohara School.

Katrina Cunningham, Ichiyo School.

Kim Ng, Ohara School.

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


On Monday 5th to Friday 9th of March the Melbourne Chapter held an exhibition in the foyer of Bourke Place, a 224 metre office block in the centre of the city. The exhibition space was on the Bourke St frontage to one side of the central lift core. We used our shoji screens to help define the exhibition and provide a suitable background for arrangements that were to be seen from the front view only. Other arrangements were to be viewed from all around, including four larger installation works.

This view shows about two thirds of the exhibits seen from the main approach to the space. To the right of this view is the lift core...

...which became the back drop for this group of ikebana works.

This general view is of the exhibition as seen from the foyer cafe. Below are the individual ikebana works, the names of their creators and school of ikebana.

Helen Marriott, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Felicia Huang, Ohara School.

Yukako Braun, Ikenobo School.

Lara Telford, Sogetsu School.

Chiemi Daly, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu School.

Yoshie Arai, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Lucy Papas, Sogetsu School.

Aiko Nakada, Ohara School.

Naomi Cullen, Ichiyo School.

Beverley Webster, Sogetsu School.

Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo School.

Lisa Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu School.

Qui Nguyen, Ikenobo School.

Katrina Cunningham, Ichiyo School.

Christopher James, Sogetsu School.

Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu School.


This year our annual exhibition was held in the lobby of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. This is a very large space which, in addition to having the front desk of the hotel, also functions as gallery for a variety of different types of contemporary art practice. The lobby has very large windows that look into a glass-roofed internal atrium over six stories high. The three large works set on the wide window ledges on the left of this photo were created by teams of ikebanists. 


This photo is taken from the opposite side of the atrium and shows the three windows that were used for the three large works. These ikebana installations were visible from the cafes which are at a lower level on the floor of the atrium.

This work by members of the Ohara school was created by Aiko Nakada and Kid-Ching Ong. It featured bamboo, pine and 'moth' orchids.

Kaye Wong and Naomi Cullen from the Ichiyo school used large baskets and bamboo poles as principle design elements of their installation.

Christopher James and Kyoko Imai from the Sogetsu school created a large-scale work in a Shigaraki pot with driftwood, gymea leaves, chrysanthemum and painted agapanthus stems.

Most of the ikebana by individual members of the branch are shown below. Unfortunately some could not be photographed because of the lack of a backcloth.

Julie Ayers, Ikenobo school.

Chiemi Daly, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Felicia Huang, Ohara school.

Robyn Unglik, Sogetsu school.

 Kim Ng, Ohara school.

Emily Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu school.

Judy Hajdu, Ohara school.

Trish Ward, Sogetsu school.

Chieko Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Margaret Wilson, Sogetsu school.

Elizabeth Angell, Sogetsu school.

Elishia Zhang, Ichiyo school.

Helen Novic, Sogetsu school.

Stella Gan, Ichiyo school.

Lyn Wong, Ohara school.

Nobuko Kobayashi, Ichiyo school.

Toula Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu school.

Qui Nguyen, Ikenobo school.

Lee Johnstone, Sogetsu school.

Yoshi Arai, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Lisa Yazaki, Shogetsudokoryu school.

Olive Cheng, Ohara school.

Ivy Loo, Ohara school.

Kim Louey, Ichiyo school.

Betty Karanikolopoulos, Sogetsu school.

Kayoko Hayashi, Ohara school.

Katrina Cunningham, Ichiyo school.

Lorraine Langley, Ikenobo school.

Kid-Ching Ong, Ohara school.