Shoso Shimbo
Murrumbeena: Sogetsu School

Shoso Shimbo is a Melbourne based ikebana artist and sculptor.

Class Location: Murrumbeena


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Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified Ikebana teacher with over 30 years of experience in Ikebana. He studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His work was selected for International Floral Art 2014/2015, 2016/2017 & 2021/2022 Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).  

His sculptural works have been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition, and the New Wave Art Festival at the NGV. He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. His recent commissions include a public work of art for the Archibald Award Exhibition 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River Project as a part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016. 

Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society) and works as a designer for Tsubo Zen Gardens.

He is the founding director of Ikebana Gallery Award, first online ikebana competition, and Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival, in which he presented an ikebana performance with the Grigoryan Brothers in 2019 and another performance with Paul Grabowsky at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2022. Also, he is a vice president of International Society of Ikebana Research.

He taught Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT Short Courses for over 7 years. Based on his teaching experience at RMIT, he developed online ikebana courses for Zoom Ikebana Dojo.   

He regularly runs Ikebana Introductory Class in Murrumbeena.   

He has numerous publications on Ikebana and contemporary art and is a regular contributor to the International Journal of Ikebana Studies. A collection of his works, "Shoso Shimbo 2020: Ikebana and Environmental Art" is available with eBook. 

新保逍滄 略歴 

新潟県五泉市出身。Monash大学日本研究科修士、 Monash大学美術修士(彫刻)、RMIT大学教育学部博士号取得。華道師範、庭園デザイナー、神職資格取得。



いけ花ギャラリー賞、メルボルン生け花フェスティバル生花道場(オンライン講座)の創設に関わる。井上治・森田都紀 編集「伝統文化 研究編 (はじめて学ぶ芸術の教科書)」京都芸術大学, 第一章「第二次大戦前後の生け花場における自由花運動の相対的位相」 他出版物多数。