Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland Inc. is a Branch of Sogetsu Teachers’ Association in Japan. Our teaching curriculum is set at Sogetsu School Headquarters in Japan, which also issues achievement certificates and diplomas to our students.
We have a very active group in Brisbane and our annual exhibition in the Auditorium of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha attracts many visitors. Our members have been involved with installations at the ABC Gardening Expo, the Queensland Museum and many gardens and galleries. For many years members exhibited also at David Jones Department Store in conjunction with the former annual Spring Flower Show. We have had a long association with the Queensland Art Gallery and our arrangements can be viewed there. Some members independently hold small exhibitions or display ikebana in other public places.
The Sogetsu School style of ikebana was introduced to Australia by Mr. Norman Sparnon in 1960. He had studied in Japan under Sofu Teshigahara for several years after the end of World War II. From his home in Sydney he travelled to many parts of Australia, and in 1963 he introduced the art to Queensland when he held the first classes in Brisbane.