Build with Light

[日本語 –]

Build with Light, an exhibition of video works, photographs, ink drawings and interactive light projections by Richard Byers. With music collaborations with Yukki (Coupie) and Yuka.

The exhibition is on now until the 12 May 2013. open daily 11am – 7pm [ closed Wednesday and Thursdays]

I made this short timelapse video to share the beautiful sunlight that rises through the gallery on sunny days.

Please enjoy and if you can make it to Ishinomaki, come into the gallery and paint a wooden pixel block for the window, or investigate the details of the ink drawings with a magnifying glass, or sit and relax to the music by Yukki and Yuka and share a coffee with me.

Richard Byers


Exhibition of photographs in Sydney

5 small photo light boxes available

An exhibition of my photographs and videos from my experience living in Ishinomaki in 2012 opened in Sydney at Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence St on 10th January and closes on Monday 21st January 2013.

Please visit if you are in Sydney or know someone there.

All works are for sale through the gallery, and later through this website.

Tokyo exhibition

Tokyo, Japan
Gallery éf, Asakusa

Wed. 24 October – Sun. 25 November 2012
12:00 – 20:00 ( -17:00 on the final day)
closed on Tuesdays, entrance free


Australian new media artist Richard Byers presents his days in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture in Japan, after the disaster in March 2011, by photograph and video work.

In most of his works he touches “light” to create resonance within our world and our sense of it. From the 11th of April 2011 he created a public interactive light installation onto a tsunami damaged building (Ishinomaki Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Church, built in 1880) in Ishinomaki, collaborating with local musicians, dancers and citizens. Future collaborations in Ishinomaki are gradually developing.

In his days in Ishinomaki, he was fascinated by the view seen from the top of Umakko-yama, located in a suburb of the city. The simple and everyday rise and fall of the sun across rivers and rice fields, mountain cherry blossoms, common grasses, people’s daily acts and prayer. These things, that mass media often bypasses in favour of sensation, were seen simply from on this local hill.

The exhibition “Ishinomaki SUNLIGHT” shows 10 prints that Byers photographed and brought in his pocket, and video work filmed with manual focus camera. Local musicians collaborated with their music for the films ambient soundtrack.

The venue is a renovated art space “Gallery éf” in Asakusa, which is originally a clay warehouse built in 1868. The house survived two great fires, earthquake in 1923 and Tokyo bombing in 1945.

You’ll meet the light that embraces the days, as it is, through two places where Byers has been guided by his senses.


music: Yukki (Coupie) / Yuka – piano
special thanks to: Yukki (Coupie)/ Ishinomaki Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Church Restoration citizen’s group/ Ayako Suzuki/ Emiko Iwasaki/ Hikaru Serizawa/ Ishinomaki laboartory / Takeshi Kanno

Postcards, calendar and exhibitions

I have spent half of 2012 living in Ishinomaki city, Japan. First running a month long interactive light projection project and following that, making friendships with many local people, and developing some future projects. The first such project is a series of photographs I took over the spring and summer of sunlight in Ishinomaki. These photographs are being printed as a 2013 calendar and a series of postcards now. With a donation being made from the sale of each calendar and postcard to a citizen group which will help restore a historic church building badly damaged by 2011′s tsunami. The building was the focus of my light projection ceremony project held in April/May this year. For more information about this please visit

I am also working with 3 galleries, Gallery éf in Asakusa Tokyo, Gaffa gallery in Sydney, and Hiyori Art Center in Ishinomaki to create a series of exhibitions of the photographs.

Gallery éf in Asaukusa is a beautiful gallery in an old kura/storehouse built in the late 1800′s and surviving through wars, earthquakes and fires, it is a very special place and I am honoured to work with Izumi on the exhibition in October/November 2012. It will include the photographs printed on traditional Japanese paper and illuminated like lanterns, 2 video works from Ishinomaki will be also included, collaborations with musicians from Ishinomaki and Kagoshima. Opening event date will be confirmed soon.

Gaffa gallery in Sydney will be in January 2013, and will present the photographs and video in the old police building in central Sydney city.

Hiyori Art Center in exhibition and residency will be held in April/May in Ishinomaki and will develop further the photographs, video’s and collaborations with local musicians and artists.

Details for the online shop for purchasing the postcards and calendar will be available soon.