‘Souzou, Outsider Art from Japan’
at the Wellcome Collection, London

idocRyosuke Otsuji’s ‘Okinawan Lion’, historically found in domestic settings to ward off bad spirits.

Souzou brings together more than 300 works for the first major display of Japanese Outsider Art in the UK. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day attendees at social welfare institutions across Honshu, Japan’s largest island. The wonderfully diverse collection comprises ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings.

‘Souzou’ has no direct translation in English but a dual meaning in Japanese: written one way, it means creation, and in another it means imagination. Both meanings allude to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world.

Starts on the 28th March, for more info visit the Wellcome Collection