Benesse Art Site Naoshima


Needle factory

An abandoned sewing needle factory, which closed in the late 1980s, stands in the village of Ieuraoka on Teshima. Installed within its space is a wooden hull-form used in the manufacturing of red snapper net fishing boats, neglected for some 30 years and never serving its original purpose after it was built in a shipyard in Uwajima. Each carrying their own memories, these two entities were juxtaposed through the artist's vision, creating a new magnetic field in the art space they form together.

Measuring over 17 meters in length, the hull-form was loaded onto a barge without being dismantled and transported from Uwajima across the Seto Inland Sea to Teshima. For more insights into the artwork's production process, see here.

Hours & Admission

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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*free for children 15 and under
Needle factory

ArtistShinro Ohtake

Integrating the hull-form, which was on the verge of being discarded, and the old needle factory, creates a connection between the two objects. At the same time, it reminds us of the era, area, and people associated with these objects, and evokes a variety of images related to the sea.

Shinro Ohtake
Born in Tokyo in 1955. Began showing his work inside and outside Japan since the early 1980s. Participated in the 8th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea, 2010), dOCUMENTA 13 (Germany, 2012), and in the 55th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2013). Major works at Benesse Art Site Naoshima include Shipyard Works (Naoshima, 1994), Art House Project "Haisha"(Dreaming Tongue / Bokkon-Nozoki) (Naoshima, 2006) , Naoshima Bath "I♥湯" (Naohshima, 2009), MECON (Setouchi Triennale 2013, Megijima, 2013) and Needle factory (Setouchi Triennale 2016, Teshima, 2016).

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Facilities and Services

For handicapped visitors

Due to characteristics of facility, some places are not accessible for visitors with disabilities and special needs.
We ask for your understanding.
We will support you as much as possible when you visit us, so please contact and discuss directly with our facilities.

(2)About lending wheelchairs, etc.
・Wheelchairs: Not available.
・Writing tools: Available.
・Multi-purpose toilets: Not available.
・You may enter our facilities with a service dog, a seeing eye dog, and/or a hearing assistance dog.

About admission

・No discounts are offered for groups and holders of Disability Certificates (Physical Disability Certificates, Rehabilitation Certificates, or Mental Disability Certificates) are not granted free entry.
Credit cards are not accepted.

Requests to visitors

When visiting the museum
  • ・There is no parking. Please visit by bicycle, on foot, or use public transport.
  • ・Please do not bring large objects (suitcases, umbrellas, tripods, etc.) into the museum. These should be left at the Ticket Center.
  • ・Pets may not be taken into the museum.
  • ・Smoking is prohibited on the museum premises.
  • ・Visitors may not eat (including candy, gum, boxed lunches, etc.) or drink on the museum premises.
  • Visitors may be refused entry if they appear intoxicated or otherwise pose a disturbance to other visitors.
  • ・Please take any garbage away with you.
When viewing the artworks
  • ・Please do not touch the artworks themselves.
  • ・Please do not take photographs, videos, or make sketches in the museum. Visitors are also requested not to use fountain pens, ink, etc.


1841-2 nakamura, ieura, Teshima, Tonosho-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa 7614661 Japan
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