Author Archives: Philip Gowman

Three Korean artists at the Cochrane Theatre Gallery

Details of a group exhibition at the Cochrane Theatre Gallery, part of St Martins College of Art and Design, 1 April – 8 May. Work by glass artists Sunju Park, Kyouhong Lee and Sunho Lee.


The Cochrane is in Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP [Map]. Further details are available from info [at] cochranetheatre [dot] co [dot] uk, tel 020 7269 1600


Francesca Cho: Old Paintings in Surgery


Lilyville Surgery
630 Fulham Road London SW6 5RS
Entrance on Lilyville Road, off of Fulham Road

Time: 17 October – 14 November
Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 11am-1pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Wed 11am-1.00pm
or by appointment: Ms. Linda Gilson (020 7731 9388)

Contact: Curator Lois Olmstead email: lolmstead @ gmail . com tel: 0779 128 4039

Francesca Cho is a widely exhibited artist in the UK and abroad, including her homeland, the Republic of Korea. For the past fifteen years she has lived and worked in London.

Transcending notions of difference, Francesca Cho’s paintings address universal ideals of spirituality and hope. Referencing landscape through atmospheric and symbolic signifiers, Cho’s paintings invoke the real world yet transcend it. Rather, the nuanced textures and bold treatment of colour map an emotive internal environment: faith, joy, safety, and an intense contemplative stillness.

Old Paintings in Surgery revisits a series of smaller scale works by Cho, their life-affirming subject matter relevant and needed in these turbulent times. Flashes of bright colour permeate darkness, abstract trees dot neutral backdrops; references of life and light are found in each painting. It is the contrast of these elements: bold and subtle, dark and light, bright and subdued, that add complexity and poignancy to Cho’s enduring message of the positivity of human existence.

Francesca Cho

Francesca Cho: Perpetuity 5 (1999) Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas. 70 x 55 cm


Francesca Cho in “Free Words”

Francesca Cho: Little Dream Garden (Installation)

Francesca Cho will be participating in the group exhibition ‘Free words’ at the Mayfair Public Library, 15 – 31 July.

This is the first exhibition to be held in the library space and complements nicely the National Year of Reading. ‘Free words’ explores the censored word, printed matter and use of language as means of expression, through the interpretations of five artists, with site specific installations, painting, photography and sound pieces:

  • Marisol Cavia
  • Francesca Cho
  • Sumer Erek
  • Marko Stepanov
  • Katie Sollohub

Mayfair Public Library is at 25 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2PB [Map]. Opening hours 11am-7pm weekdays, 10:30am-2:00pm Saturdays.

Cho’s installation is sponsored by Rolawn, who also sponsored her previous turf installation at Conran’s Bluebird shop


Free Words flyer

Photos from the evening at the KCC

In addition to the photos accompanying Jennifer Barclay’s account of the evening, here are some photos of the event by Jo Seong Hee.

If anyone else has any images, do send them in.

키티 준임 – Kitty Jun-im Mclaughlin – Painter

Kitty Junim Mclaughlin

Kitty Jun-Im McLaughlin, who has lived in England for over 30 years, integrates cultural duality and reflects her meandering journey through life. Her painting is a calligraphic choreography that layers the Korean art paper Hanji with collaged canvases to create depth and space and tactile textures that incorporate the rhythmic linear elements of her musical back ground. She completed a MA in Fine Art at Reading University in the U.K.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Line Space Colour, Fountayne Road, Seven Sisters, London, U.K., 2009
  • Summer Exhibition, Sheridan Russell Gallery, London, U.K., 2009
  • Alston Business Centre Open Studio, Barnet, London, U.K., 2008
  • Climate of Change, Union Street, London, U.K., 2007
  • Dace Road Exhibition, Hackney, London, U.K., 2007

Kitty’s paintings can be seen on her website:

An evening with the KAA



The Korean Artists Association UK was formed by 7 Korean artists in 1997, at a time when the activities of Korean artists in the U.K. were not broadly recognized. Over the last 10 years the Association has organized a number of activities and has grown in membership.

Korean artists living and working in the UK have for a long time expressed the desire to have a body represent them. We are very grateful to be able to introduce Korean artists to Britain through an ‘Evening of Korean Culture’ to be held at the Korean Cultural Centre on 27 June 2008.

The Korean Artists Association UK held its first exhibition in 1999, and its most recent central London event was an evening of Chuseok festivities at Asia House in 2006. They now bring you an ‘Evening of Korean Culture’ at the Korean Cultural Centre. This will be a fabulous opportunity to see some of the beauty and variety of Korea’s artistic scene, with a varied programme of dance, traditional and contemporary music, poetry and the martial arts. There will also be an exhibition by talented artists.

1997년, 한국예술인들의 활동이 폭넓게 알려지지 못하고 있던 영국에서 7명의 한인예술인을 중심으로 재영예술인회가 설립되었습니다.

본격적인 활동이 시작된 1998년 이후, 지난 10년 동안 크고 작은 일들을 겪으면서 저희 예술인회는 성장해 왔습니다.

자신의 전문 분야에서 한국 전통 및 현대 예술을 세계에 알려온 재영예술인들의 숙원사업중 하나였던 한국 문화원의 개원으로 보다 나은 환경에서 전시 및 공연 등을 기획할 수 있게 되어 더없이 기쁜일이 아닐수 없습니다.

저희 예술인회는 이번 행사를 통해 순수와 열정으로‘한국 안에 품고 있는 세계’를 알리고 ‘세계가 기대하는 한국의 참 아름다움’을 알리는 ‘세계 문화인들의 교류의 장’으로 재영예술인회가 한발 앞서 나아가고자 합니다.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

6:30 Refreshments
7:00 Introduction by Mr Philip Gowman and welcome message from H.E. Ambassador Chun Yung-woo
7:05 – 8:00 Performance, recitation and demonstration by KAAUK members:

  • So Ra Lee (Violin)
  • Roger Norkie (Violin)
  • Jieun Park (Piano)
  • Hye Kyoung Park (Poetry Recitation)
  • Ji Eun Jung (Korean Traditional Harp – Kayagum)
  • Sung Min Jeon (Guitar)
  • Sunnee Park (Korean Traditional Dance)
  • Seung Soo Ha (Martial Art – Taekwondo)

8:00 Closing Message by Chairman of KAAUK
8:10 Food, Drinks & viewing of exhibition

Contact details

  • Website:
  • email – koreanartuk [at] gmail [dot] com
  • tel – 07581 2561559

Supported by

  • The Embassy of the Republic of Korea
  • The Korean Cultural Centre

RSVP by email to koreanartuk [at] gmail [dot] com


박선희 – Sunnee Park – Dancer

Sunnee Park

박선희 – 무용가

Dance Training and Career
무용 교육의 배경 / 일본에서의 무용 경력과 활동

Sunhee Park began training in Korean traditional dance at age 7, becoming a member of The Little Angels, touring throughout Asia. She progressed to join the Universal Ballet Company studying at Sunwha Art School, and graduated from ChungAng University majoring in ballet.

In 1991 she moved to Tokyo and completed an MA in Dance and Movement in 1993 at Ochanomizu University. For the next seven years she taught traditional Korean and contemporary dance for 7 years at a wide range of schools in the region of Tokyo as a freelance dance instructor.

During this period she performed at a wide range of Asian dance and cultural festivals in and around Tokyo, including: the Performance for friendship between Japan and Korea (Nakano Zero Hall in Tokyo Japan) in 1994; the Asian Dance Festival ( Kanakawaken music Hall) 1995; the Traditional Culture Exchange between Japan and Korea (Shinzuku Asahi Semei Hall in Japan) 1996; the Assembly of Asia Cultural Exchange (Nakano Zero Hall in Japan ) 1997; the International Culture Exchange (International Forum big Hall in Japan) 1998; and The Northeast Asia Music Festival (Kan Hall of Mountain Park in Japan) 1998.

Research Training in Shamanism
샤머니즘 연구

Sunhee Park’s interest in the dance practice of the Korean Shaman began with a clinical study of Shamanistic Trance Dance for her MA dissertation, and was followed by a Ph.D in Anthropology focused on The Psychology of Shamanistic Trance States, completed in 1998.

She has since lectured internationally on a variety of topics pertaining to the psychology of shamanistic practice, and has published a wide range of acclaimed research papers on the psychology of shamanistic trance, including: The Holistic Spirit and Treatment of Korean Shamans, Ethnic Art, Vol.17, 2001; and Trance States and Physical Expression of the Korean Shaman. “Dance and Physical Expression”; Japan Academic Congress library (series 10), Foundation of Japan Academic Cooperation, 2005.

At present in the UK
영국에서의 활동

Sunhee Park’s interest in the psychological healing potential through the medium of dance has brought her to London to pursue a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy at Roehampton University. She is beginning to establish a traditional Korean dance performance and teaching practice in the UK, and is currently working on a contemporary choreography integrating shamanistic dance techniques with traditional Korean dance practices.