Welcome to The Branch

The Branch is on a short break! We will return in mid-June.


The Branch is an ecological art and media lab conceived and built by Patrick M. Lydon (USA) and Suhee Kang (Korea). Located in Osaka, Japan, we regularly host community workshops, events, and exhibitions by an international cast of resident artists, all aimed at re-kindling our relationships with the rest of nature.

The Branch is sponsored by NPO Co.to.hana with support from Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka and Air Osaka Hostel

Upcoming Events @ The Branch

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Recent Events @ The Branch

Exhibition Recap: Jeongran Choi

Our first artist in residence at The Branch, Jeongran Choi brought with her, some painstakingly created works of otchil (natural lacquer) and enamel, however she also packed our small gallery full of tiny drawings, most of them gifts for anyone who stopped by to take home.

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Event Recap: Making Instruments with Trash

A nice sunny day met us for our first workshop here at The Branch, where we had two Turkish instrument makers guide us through uncharted territory, making musical instruments of things we found thrown on the street and in trash bins.

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Gallery and Residency Program

A space for connecting art, environment, and community.

The Branch hosts resident artists from Japan and around the world who are working variously with relationships between human beings and the wider natural environment.

Artists spend time thinking, exploring, and working in The Branch and the surrounding Kitakagaya neighborhood, holding an exhibition at The Branch during their stay. To foster interaction between artists and the local neighborhood and city, all resident artists undertake some form of community interaction during their stay.

The Branch “Pocket Farm”

A place in the city to re-claim our relationship with nature.

We designed, built, and manage an urban garden/park filled with herbs and vegetables, and open to the public. Inspired by the tiny “pocket parks” of Patrick Geddes, and built in the spirit of natural farmers such as Masanobu Fukuoka and Yoshikazu Kawaguchi, activities here are based in a compassion for all living beings.

The herbs grown in The Branch Pocket Farm are used for teas, herbal oils, tinctures, and all other sorts of good things that you can enjoy at our community cafe; as well, much of the harvest is given freely to our neighbors.

Concept plans for The Branch Herb Garden in Kitakagaya

The Branch Herb Garden is a space to re-connect ourselves with nature amid the urban setting of Osaka, and it also serves as a central point for many of our workshops and events.

Workshops and Events

A forum for sharing knowledge and skills across cultural borders.

From gardening, yoga, and meditation, to art, craft, and media, The Branch offers time and space for sharing, learning, and growing together. Workshops and events are facilitated by Suhee and Patrick, along with a cast of local and international visiting practitioners.

All workshops are offered on a ‘pay-it-forward’ donation basis. This means your workshop experience is supported by a donation from the person who took the workshop before you. If you found the workshop valuable, you are encouraged to pay it forward for the next.

News

Exhibition Recap: Jeongran Choi

Our first artist in residence at The Branch, Jeongran Choi brought with her, some painstakingly created works of otchil (natural lacquer) and enamel, however she also packed our small gallery full of tiny drawings, most of them gifts for anyone who stopped by to take home.

Building The Branch — Library

The tiny library here at The Branch was previously a dark storage closet, tucked under the staircase. Initially, we wanted to turn it into a ‘better’ storage closet. After sitting inside however, we had another idea…