Yurika Ninomiya 二宮 由利香

Gallery Director

Forever been fascinated by art and flower, Yurika Ninomiya’s childhood hobbies had led her to become a professional florist as well as an avid collector of art, her favourite collection including works by Nobuo Sekine and Kumi Sugai. After 13 years, gallery N was founded in 2008, based in Motoyama, Nagoya.

Designed as a home-and-gallery space by Suppose Design, the Gallery started with the concept of presenting contemporary art in a floral plus architectural context, hosting a wide range of exhibitions and talks from artists, the Ninomiya husband-and-wife team together manages the operation of the gallery, and steadily, N matured to be a major player in the Nagoya art scene. Branching out to Tokyo in 2017, Kanda Shataku was established as an alternative platform for Aichi and Nagoya-based artists.

常にアートと花に魅了されていた二宮は、幼少期の趣味が高じてプロのフローリストになるとともに、関根伸夫や菅井汲などのアート作品の熱心な蒐集家でもある。プロになって13年の歳月を経たのちに、2008年に名古屋・本山に「gallery N」を設立。

SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE株式会社が設計した自宅兼ギャラリースペースで、現代アートを、花と建築を柱とした文脈を通して紹介するというコンセプトでスタートし、様々な展覧会やアーティストのトークイベントを開催。二宮夫婦が中心となってギャラリーの運営を行い、名古屋のアートシーンを代表する存在へと着実に成長。2017年には東京に「神田社宅」を設立。愛知県を拠点として活動するアーティストが、その作品を東京でも発表できる機会を提供している。


“My experience as a floral designer does help with the communication, whilst interweaving art with other genres made it more approachable for a lot of clients and audiences who didn’t know the field so well, I think that every individual is more multi-dimensional than he or she often realises thus for N, I also wanted the gallery to be a place that opens gateways and possibilities for people too…”

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