The ​Ima-­kara Mame-­sara​ metalworks exhibition

 > Application period

In Japan, there is a love of the characteristic aesthetic beauty of small objects. Within this area is the mame-sara: a bean-plate that fits snugly into the palm of one’s hand. For Japanese people, this charming small dish is an art form that can be appreciated and enjoyed using in daily life. In the mame-sara there exists an artform which expresses the magnificence of the world. The Ima-kara Mame-sara metalworks exhibition is an opportunity to touch upon the worlds of the artists involved in the creation of the metal mame-sara.

At Seikado, we invite both young artists studying metalwork and professionals actively engaged at the forefront of the field, regardless of nationality, status, achievements, and technique, to exhibit their work under one roof in the Ima-kara Mame-sara metalworks exhibition (running annually from 2012). Starting with The Genbei Yamanaka prize, we established several awards for outstanding work as a means of not only exposing the art to wider audiences, but also as a way of forging solid connections with the world of metalworks. Furthermore, it is hoped that the experience will deepen connections with society and be beneficial to those with aspirations of making a living as artists through the sale and valuation of their work.

Atsushi Tajima “Sakura kahen Mame sara” The 2017 Ima-kara Mame-sara Genbei Yamanaka Prize

Atsushi Tajima “Sakura kahen Mame sara” The 2017 Ima-kara Mame-sara Genbei Yamanaka Prize



Application for the 2018 Ima­-kara Mame-­sara metalworks exhibition


■ Theme ■

Mame-sara (small bean plate)

*Submitted works that are not connected to the theme may be excluded from selection.


■ Application Conditions ■

  • One work can be submitted per applicant.
  • Small bean plate (or small dish) made from metal.
  • Purely decorative plates are allowed, even if the item cannot be used as an eating utensil.
  • Submitted works must be original and must not have already been exhibited nationally or internally.

*See the FAQ section Terms and Conditions for further details.


■ Prize ■

・The Genbei Yamanaka prize (150,000 JPY prize money)
・Prix Institut français du Japon
・GK Kyoto Design Prize
・The Prize of Li Ping Japan – China Cultural Exchange (100,000 JPY prize money)
・Audience Prize

(Details about the various prizes will be published on the website once decided. As of March 1st, 2018)

Details of prize of last year can be found at the following links:

2017 Prizes
2017 Audience Prize


■ Application Requirements ■

The application is open to all individuals and groups regardless of age, sex, occupation, and nationality.


■ Display Fee ■

No fee is charged for displaying work.


■ Sales ■

The work will be available for sale throughout the exhibition period (all sales will be subject to a 50% commission).


■ Application Period ■

March 1st (Thursday) – May 8th (Tuesday), 2018


■ Application Method ■

It has accepted the end of the entry.

Entry form

*Please be sure to submit your application by the deadline (May 8th, 2018) as any late application will not be accepted.
*The closing date for installation of work is May 29th, 2018.


■ Exhibition Venue ■

SEIKADO – Studio/Gallery of Pewter,Silver,Metal Crafts and Arts
Address: 462 Myomanjimae-cho, Teramachi-dori-Nijo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan


■ Organiser ■

清課堂 / 錫・銀・各種金属工芸


■ Sponsors ■

アンスティチュ・フランセ日本  GK Kyoto  明渓


■ Schedule ■


March 1st (Thursday) – May 8th (Tuesday), 2018

Please register all required information according to the application form.

Registration of work

By May 15th (Tuesday), 2018
<One work can be submitted>

After the entries have been picked from the submitted Entry Forms, Seikado will send you a Work Registration Form via Email. Please register the details of your work in accordance with this form.
*Other works and materials that are not listed on this form will not be accepted so please take care to list all items.


By May 29th (Tuesday), 2018
<Important points for artwork submissions>

  1. Any shipping charges in sending the work to Seikado will be the responsibility of the applicant.
  2. Any customs tax applied on receiving the work will be the responsibility of Seikado.
  3. To avoid confusion, please attach a tag or sticker to each artwork in the following format: “Artwork title/ Name of Applicant”. If a work consists of multiple pieces then attach a label onto each individual piece.
  4. Please make sure to include a Handling Instructions and Artist’s Bio document together with each work submitted. These documents will be given to the buyer in the case of work being purchased.
    *Artist’s Bio: please include details of artistic activities and any prizes won.
    **Handling Instructions: please include any necessary details of maintenance or cautions when using the work.
  5. We cannot accept any items for display of the work such as pedestals, tools or other equipment.
  6. Other materials will not be accepted.
  7. We will take care of photographing the work, so there is no need to do so yourself.


Work will be assessed for each respective prize.

Announcement of Results

Prizewinners will be notified of the results before the opening of the exhibition.

The prizes will be announced at the venue on the first day of the exhibition.


10AM-6PM everyday, July 7th (Saturday) – July 16th (Monday, National holiday), 2018

Award Ceremony/ Reception

6-8PM, July 7th (Saturday), 2018

A reception will be held and respective prizes announced at the venue.

Take-down of Work

Seikado will be responsible for shipping charges in sending the work back to the applicant.

Any customs tax applied on receiving the returned work will be the responsibility of the applicant.


The money for any sales made will be forwarded to the artist’s Paypal account after the exhibition period is over (after the 50% commision charge has been deducted).


■ FAQ ■

Q1. Must submitted work be handmade?

Handmade work is acceptable, as is 3D printed work and work made using other machines and tools. There are no limitation in the accepted production technique.

Q2. Are all materials acceptable for work submitted?

Work submitted must be metalwork.

Q3. Are groups and organisations permitted to submit work?

Work produced by groups and organisations is acceptable. In this case, the work will be announced, judged, and exhibited under the names of the organisation members.

Q4. If the applicant was responsible for only the design of the work and outsourced the production of the piece, does the production company need to be mentioned?

In the case of applicants who made the work through “planning design”, the name of the outsourcing company need not be disclosed. In this case a note will be made that the applicant was responsible for “design only” in announcement, judging, and exhibition.


For more information, please contact:

Yukako NAKANO at: (We can inform you in japanese and in english.)


■ Terms and Conditions ■

  • As a general rule, the terms and conditions of intellectual property rights of the work reside with the applicant.
  • Applicants should take necessary steps to protect their rights at the time of application.
  • If it is discovered that the work infringes on any intellectual property rights, or bears a close resemblance to already exhibited work, any awarded prizes will be revoked.
  • At the time of judging, assessment, or sales, enquiries may be made in regards to any infringes on intellectual property rights of the work.
  • Any decisions that must be made concerning matters not addressed in the entry guidelines will be made by the organiser.
  • If the applicant does not agree with the decision, they may withdraw their application. In this case, the organiser will not be held liable for any expenses incurred in conjunction with the entry of the work.
  • The organizer will take all reasonable precautions when looking after and transporting works after they have been submitted. However, it will not be held responsible for any damage or loss resulting from natural disaster or other unforeseen event.
  • All rights relating to exhibition or publication will reside with the organiser.
  • Award-winning minors must have a parent or guardian sign (or seal) a letter of consent.


■ Personal Information ■

Personal information submitted by applicant will be used only for administrative purposes related to this exhibition.