The Shimane Arts Center is a nationally prominent facility that was born in response to impassioned requests of the Shimane citizens to build an establishment in the Iwami Region that serves as both a museum of art and a theater.
Its nickname "Grand Toit", in its original French means "large roof". On that large roof and walls of the center have been used the Sekishu tiles that inherit the traditions and culture of the Iwami area. The characteristic red hue of these tiles shines on the stores and houses that line the street, and it is certain that they are a symbol of this area's development.
As a shrine for the prefecture's arts and culture, the center endeavors to act as a place for the creation of new culture while cherishing the history and natural spirit of the region. At the same time, this center offers the opportunity for everyone to appreciate the excellent art and culture of Japan and the world.
Shimane Arts Center
The courtyard is surrounded by the Large Hall, the Small Hall and the Art Museum. The tile (Sekishu-gawara) used for the roof and outside walls were specially created for Shimane Arts Center by the local tile industry.
[Site Area] 36,564.16m²
[Building Area] 14,068.15m²
[Total Floor Area] 19,252.45m²
[Scale] One basement and Two stories
[Structure] Reinforced concrete, Precast concrete, Steel frame
[Design] Naito Archtect & Associates
Collection Policy: To collect a wide range of outstanding works of art from Japan and abroad, regardless of region, field or age, from antiques to contemporary art, including painting, crafts, sculpture, photography, clothes, etc. In order to give the museum a distinctive character, it was decided to focus on the following categories:
Iwami Art Theater is offering the use of its facilities to artists who wish to undertake various activities and seek avenues of their artistic expression at the Theater. Applications to use the facilities are accepted according to your schedules and our terms of service.
The largest stage in Shimane with state of the art acoustics is suitable for all musicals, concerts, and theatre arts etc. The capacity of the main stage is 1500 with 993 on the first floor and 503 on the second floor. There are also four wheelchair spaces. The seating is arranged in a gradual circular arc providing superb and comfortable viewing of the main stage.
In addition to 12 dressing rooms, there are two spaces (studio 1 and 2) available for rehearsals which can also be used for small concerts.
With state of the art acoustics, this stage is suitable for live theatre, chamber music, and lectures. The seating capacity is 400 people and a close viewing distance from the stage creates an easily accessible environment. In addition to this, digital surround sound is supported for recent movies.
This gallery can be used for the display of articles or exhibits.
Please contact Shimane Art Center for more information.
Iwami Art Museum: 10:00-18:30
Iwami Arts Theater: 9:00-22:00
Iwami Art Museum: Every Tuesday, New Year's holidays
Iwami Arts Theater: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, New Year's holidays
Free lockers are available in the Museum Lobby.
A deposit is required.
A capacity of parking lots is about 200 cars including large-sized buses.
You can buy exhibition catalogues, books, post cards, framed pictures and telephone cards.
Meals and soft drinks are served.
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