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Catalogue Launch & Talk Event

Presented by Exhibition co-curator eloise rapp

March 13, 2020

Celebrate the launch of the Steam Dreams: The Japanese Public Bath exhibition catalogue with a talk by co-curator Eloise Rapp. In this talk event, Eloise Rapp (Sydney-based designer and specialist in Japanese crafts and culture) will give a comprehensive overview on the culture and traditions behind bathing in Japan, from its inception to what it has become today. 

Eloise will touch on topics such as the difference between onsen and sentō, the ways in which local communities are attempting to preserve sentō for future generations, and how the rise of sentō as a local cultural touchstone has evolved both commercially and artistically.

Please note that the in-person talk event will also be available via Facebook livestream on the JPF Sydney Facebook.

A limited run of our free exhibition catalogue will be exclusively available for attendees on the day in addition to the public online version. 



Eloise Rapp is a Sydney-based designer and educator specialising in textiles, material culture and sustainable systems. Her longstanding interest in global bathing culture as a microcosm of society informs her current co-curatorial project, Steam Dreams. Eloise has ten years’ experience in design studios and as a lecturer and tutor at educational institutions including UTS, Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan and Vantan Design Institute in Tokyo. She curated The Intuitive Thread at The Japan Foundation Gallery in 2018, and recently spent three years studying fibre arts in Kyoto, Japan and Tainan, Taiwan. She is currently a sessional academic in Art & Design at UNSW.



March 13, 2020 (Saturday)
2:00pm-3:00pm AEDT
Opening address, 30 min lecture + 15 min audience Q&A

In-person attendance

Bookings Full

Online attendance

via Facebook Live; bookings not required

Free; bookings required for in-person attendance

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

Also via Facebook Live


(02) 8239 0055

Header image: Honami Enya, Kosugiyu Illustration, 2018. © the artist

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