JARFO
JARFO

About us



Nowadays People experience the limit of material wealth, and I found that the necessity we feel keenly the most are ''the importance of spiritual richeness'' and ''recovery of self-purifying ability as a person.'' JARFO's activities started from these thoughts.

Jo Ishida, Chief director

Kyoto Society for Inter-Art Exchange (JARFO) is a non-profit organization (N.P.O.) born in 1995 from the Japan Art Forum's experience that started the activities since 1992 in Tokushima Prefecture. JARFO's patronage is focused mainly on people involved in cultural and art activities.

Three major activities and purposes

Support of artists

We are managing JARFO Kyoto Garo located in Kawaramachi Imadegawa and ART FORUM JARFO Gallery located in Furukawa-cho market to provide space where artists can present the results of their activity. We support activities such as planning and organizing of local and international exhibitions, sponsorships and also recommendations for partnering galleries (tie-up with 6 galleries located in Tokyo, Kyoto, Shikoku, Kobe) for individuals and organizations that conducting cultural and artistic activities.

・Management of "JARFO Kyoto Garo" and "ART FORUM JARFO".
・Direction of "Young Artist" organization active in Kansai area's universities.
・Coordinate overseas exchange project called "ART RAINBOW PROJECT" (Germany, Korea, Italy, UK, USA, etc.)
・Member of the "Art Flea Market" Executive Committee in Kyoto Prefecture.

Symbiosis of art expressions

While promoting mutual exchange relations between artists and companies, we carry out activities that contribute to the promotion and diffusion of corporate arts and culture support activities.

・JARFO Gallery Shop, operated in the Museum of Kyoto, sell and introduce artists' products.
・Art events held at Higashiyama Furukawa-cho center (within the Furukawa-cho market).
・Member of Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Venture Action Plan Executive Committee.
・Practical internship training of art universities students in Kansai area.

Inter-art research

We continued our research activities aimed at exploring the "Kiwa" concept such as undefined borderline interactions between artists and artisans. We hold lectures aimed at studying "Kyoto" from cultural and artistic "Geisai" (inter-art) point of view. In recent years we have coined the new expression "Awai" as a unique theme in arts and aesthetics. And also hold an Art Academy where teachers meet the artists' needs through the direct experiences.

・JARFO Art Academy (nude drawing, woodcut print class, my Jizo wood sculpture course, interactive art class, language through arts course).
・"Kyoto Studies Through Inter-art" Lectures.
・Various gallery talks and symposiums.

A brief history

1992 - "Awa-no-sato art forum" was launched
1995 - " Awa-no-sato art forum" experience was terminated
1998 - JAPAN ART FORUM was established
1999 - ART FORUM JARFO was opened
2000 - Institution of the Recognized N.P.O. named Kyoto Society for Inter-Art Exchange (JARFO)
2005 - Relocation to Higashiyama Sanjo
2011 - Kyoto Society for Inter-Art Exchange is certified as an officially authorised N.P.O. from Japanese Government (until November 30, 2016)
2016 - Relocation to Kawaramachi Imadegawa

September 10, 2016 JARFO Kyoto Garo (Kawaramachi Imadegawa) Grand Opening
September 16, 2016 ART FORUM JARFO (Furukawa-cho market) Opening

Current members

Chief director : Jo Ishida
Vice Chief director : Seiichi Oh
Vice Chief director : Fumio Katayama
Director : Naozane Utada
Director : Shokaku Kho
Director : Masami Kawakami
Auditor : Tomoko Matsubara


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Nowadays People experience the limit of material wealth, and I found that the necessity we feel keenly the most are ''the importance of spiritual richeness'' and ''recovery of self-purifying ability as a person.'' JARFO's activities started from these thoughts.

Jo Ishida, Chief director