Invisible bonds: profiles of participating performance artists

박선희 (Sunnee Park, Dance)

Sunnee ParkSunnee Park, the President of the Korean Artists Association UK is a Dancer. She started her training in Korean traditional dance at 7, progressing to become a member of the Korean classical dancing troupe Little Angels that performed worldwide. While studying at Sunhwa Art School, she joined the Korean Universal Ballet Company. On completion of an MA in Dance and Music and a PhD in Korean Shamanistic Trance at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, she practiced as a dance instructor in Tokyo for ten years, performing throughout Japan during this time. She has lectured on Shamanism throughout the world and has published academic papers on Shamanistic Trance practices. She is currently studying an MA in Dance Movement Therapy at Roehampton University, as well as teaching and performing Korean dance in the UK.

정지은 (Ji Eun Jung, Kayagum) •

Ji-eun JungJi Eun Jung is a professional player of the traditional Korean stringed instrument, the Kayagum. She is an initiator of an Important Intangible Cultural Asset of Korea No.23, Sanjo in the style of Jook Pa Kim. She has a BA in Korean Traditional Music (Ewha Womans University) and MA in Asian Music (Dong Gook University). She taught Kayagum at primary schools in Korea, and is currently teaching at the Kingston Korean School. She has performed publically on numerous occasions in the UK and abroad. As Director of the KAYA Trio her repertoire extends to include modern and Western pieces performed with other instruments.

최증현 (Jeung Hyun Choi, Korean Traditional Percussion)

Jeung Hyun ChoiJeung Hyun Choi is a Korean traditional percussion player and currently working as managing director of DULSORI, the Korean traditional Music World Group. She has taught Korean traditional percussion and traditional songs for over 20 years. She has been working as a professional instructor for Pung-mul teachers since 2001. She has led many international workshops in Korea and abroad.

• Founding Member of DULSORI Korea, 1984
• Board Member of DULSORY Korea, 1998 to present
• Training Director of ‘TAONORI’, 2004
• Awarded the 2nd prize from National Kukak Competition, Gyeongju, Korea, 1993
• Awarded the 2nd prize from Sa-mul-nol-yi Competition, Korea, 1993

Selected performances
• Closing ceremony of the 8th An-seong Juk-san International Arts Festival, Korea, 2002
• International Workshop for Youth Association for the closing event, Korea, 2001
• Traditional Game Workshop at the 7th An-seong Juk-san International Arts Festival, Korea, 2001
• Workshops for Overseas Korean Youth in Japan, 2002-4
• ‘Finding the lost history, Da-mul’, Tour in China, 1995

Dong Yoon Hwang황동윤 (Dong Yoon Hwang, Daegum)

Dong Yoon Hwang studied the Korean bamboo flute known as ‘Daegum’ at Dong-Guk University. He is a member of the ‘Daegum Sanjo Preservation Society, Kim Dong Jin’. He has performed frequently in London, and in two consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Liverpool Fire-fighters Game. He has also toured in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and France.

최서영 (Seo Young Choi, Kayagum Byung Chang)

Seo Young ChoiSeo Young Choi is a professional Kayagum and Kayagum byung chang (Kayagum with singing) player. She is a national initiator of Korea’s Important Cultural Asset, Sanjo in the style of Sukseon An. She majored in Korean Traditional Music at Jeonnam College and was awarded the prizes from Jeonjudesaseup, Tangum and Goryung Kayagum competition. She has taught Kayagum byung chang at a private Korean traditional music institution and primary and secondary schools for fourteen years.

전성민 (Sung Min Jeon, Guitar) – guest artist

Sung Min JeonSung Min Jeon is a Korean guitarist and folk singer songwriter. He mainly plays a steel string acoustic guitar with a harmonica. He started playing the guitar when he was 13. His passion for music was inspired by his family. His father plays various instruments and is also a great singer, while his mother used to run a record shop. His uncle is the leader of the greatest Korean folk duo, Sunflower. Since 2005 Sung Min has been living and performing in the UK.

이세호 (Se Ho Lee, Piano) – guest artist

Se Ho Lee studied Piano (BMus, summa cum laude) at the Chugye University for the Arts and Opera Coach (Artistic Diploma, summa cum laude) at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. He earned a MMus with distinction in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow, UK and recently completed a PGDIP in Opera Repetiteur at the Alexander Gibson opera school of the RSAMD. He won numerous music competitions, including the first place in the 2008 Piano Accompaniment Competition at the RSAMD, the audience’ prize and special prize in the Osaka International Competition in Japan and the second prize (without the first prize) in the Alberta Conservatory Competition in Canada. As a soloist as well as an accompanist Se Ho Lee has performed on numerous occasions, including St. James Palace RSAMD concert (in the presence of Prince of Wales), “Garibaldi Concerto” by the invitation of the Italian Institute of Culture in Scotland, Jacqueline du Pré Hall in Oxford, Alexander Gibbson Opera Studio, and Academy Concert Hall in Glasgow. He is much in demand as an accompanist and has performed with many choirs, singers and instrumentalists not only in Korea and UK, but also in Japan, Australia and many countries in Europe. In September 2010 he will start the Pianist for Dance course at the RSAMD, supported with a full scholarship.

김보혜 (Bohae Kim, Mezzo Soprano) – guest artist

Bohae KimBorn in South Korea, mezzo-soprano Bohae Kim studied music at Sang-Myung University in Seoul before joining the Korean National Opera Choir in 2002 where she worked for five years as a full time member. She came to Scotland to study Master of Music (Opera) at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) with Patricia Hay. She was highly commended in the Ye Cronies Opera Competition 2008. In the RSAMD’s production of opera scenes, Bohae sang the roles of Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Mercedes (Carmen), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and 2nd Norn (Gotterdammerung). Bohae Kim played the role of Mere Marie in March 2008 in the RSAMD’s production of Les Dialogues des Carmelites, She has also appeared in Prokofiev’s The Love of Three Oranges (Theatre Royal, Glasgow and Edinburgh Festival Theatre) in January 2009. Her concert engagements include Clonter Opera Gala in 2007, Opera Gala with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in May 2008, Recital for opera arias in September 2008, Mozart Coronation Mass, Vivaldi Gloria in March 2010, Opera gala concert in April 2010 and the recital for Korean songs in May 2010. Her most recent opera role was The Composer in R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos in March 2009. In October 2009, she completed Master of Opera at the RSAMD where she had been supported with a full scholarship. In October Bohae Kim will be performing in the 2010 Summer Season La bohème and Euridice with the British Youth Opera.

Invisible bonds: profiles of participating visual artists

키티 준임 (Kitty Jun-Im 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

강순열 (Soon Yul Kang) •

Soon Yul Kang studied textile art in Korea, Japan and at West Dean College in the U.K. She completed a MA in textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has been a resident artist in Kew Studio in Richmond since 1998. She now returns to Korea each year to lecture at Ewha Womans University.  She specialises in hand woven tapestries, but also creates collages and mixed media works. A tapestry of hers is on permanent display at West Middlesex University Hospital. This year she has been invited as a demonstrating artist at Art in Action 2010 from July 15-18, at Waterperry House, Wheatley, Oxford.

“My tapestries of tranquil landscapes involve subtle changes in colour and light that reflect changes in perspective and mood to induce a sense of peace, healing and meditation inspired by the Zen understanding of simplicity, stillness and emptiness.”

Selected Exhibitions
• Time for Stillness….Time for Silence, Artspace Galleries, London, U.K., 2010 (Solo)
• Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford, U.K., 2010
• Woven Horizon, Colne Gallery, Colchester, U.K., 2009 (Solo)
• ART in WOODSTOCK, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, U.K., 2008
• TAPESTRY 08, the Dean Clough Gallery & Bankfield Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire, U.K., 2008

박선주 (Sun Ju Park) •

Sun Ju Park is a freelance glass artist and has worked for many years in the U.K. She studied Glass & Architecture (P.G.) at Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London in the U.K. She has recently completed commercial glass contracts for Ince and Co. and Queen Anne’s Chambers. Her work marries the tradition of Fine art in Korea and Mural painting in India. She specialises in fusing glass, acid etching and painting in glass for free-standing glass sculptures. Her work uses techniques from silkscreening, painting, as well as acid and etching with sand blasting techniques finished in the kiln. Her coming project is for 56 glass panels 800cm high for the coming hotel Queen Anne’s Chambers in Westminster. It might be of interest to present materials from this at the exhibition. She has architectural drawing for the design and layout of there, which would be of interest.

Selected Exhibitions
• Three Korean Artists, Cochrane Gallery, London, U.K., 2009
• Islington Design Fair, Candid Art Gallery, London, U.K., 2008
• Cambridge Glass Fair, Chilford Hall, Cambridge, U.K., 2008
• Dulwich Glass Fair, Dulwich College, London, U.K., 2008

조성희 (Seong Hee Jo)

She studied Industrial Design at ChonBuk University in South Korea and completed a MA in Photography at Metropolitan University in the U.K. She has been working as graphic designer and photographer since 1991. Her project in the 2010 Korean Artists Association U.K. is an experiment in applying of collage to imagine a ‘panorama’ of high-rise buildings and other urban features as seen by night.

Selected Exhibitions
• London Festival of Architecture, Window Galleries, Canary Wharf, London, 2010
• In Absence, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Lee House, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, 2010
• Uncertain States, Photo-Space Gallery, London, 2009
• Unfolding, Foyer Gallery, Metropolitan University, London, U.K., 2008

박미소 (Miso Park) •

Miso Park is a professional freelancer with a wide range of work experience in journalism, publishing and photography. She completed a MA in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales in New Port in 2010. She is currently working for several South Korean magazines as a reporter (Innovation Leader, Consumer’s Life Q and Library Story) and as a travel writer (DockSeoPyongSeol and World Dream). In addition to this work, there have been several commissions with South Korean publishers for writing, translation and photographic work. Miso Park had a group exhibition to show her sequences and movements project, entitled Sleeping Children, at the London College of Communication in 2007. She will have another group exhibition in Penarth, Wales in October 2010 to show her project, entitled My Last Home.

윤성필 (Sungfeel Yun) •

Sungfeel Yun is studying at Goldsmiths College. Sungfeel Yun is a recipient of a number of awards, including the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art Special Award (2006), the Seoul Museum of Art award (2005) and the Bucheon Metropolitan Museum of Art award (2004). The artist’s work is held in a number of private and public collections including Kangwon Land (Gang’weondo, Korea) and Samsung Life Insurance Co. (Seoul, Korea).

Selected Exhibitions
• Chaos + Cosmos, Crypt gallery, London, U.K., 2009 (Solo)
• London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London, U.K., 2009
• LONG NIGHTS, William Angel Gallery, London, U.K., 2008
• SungFeel Yun and Eric Ayotte, Tender pixel, London, U.K., 2008
• Lines in space, Gyung gi do Museum, Korea, 2007
• Moving Life – Taeguk, Gallery With White , Seoul, Korea, 2006 (Solo)
• Stillness in Movement, Gallery Mass, Seoul, Korea, 2006 (Solo)

박지혜 (Jihye Park)

Jihye Park received a MA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College. Jihye Park expands her work to super8 film and 16mm film, using herself as a performer in idyllic locations or in the set using props. Park is interested in the fantastical, horrific and paradoxical elements of fairytales, folktales and mythology. Although she has taken inspiration from music, writers and filmmakers, her main sources are her own recent personal experiences as well as historical events that could be seen as rites of passage. Her main concern is to tell a dreamlike semi-autobiographical work exploring sibling relations, using the fairy tale vernacular as well as allegorical and symbolic personal autobiographical narratives, set in the kitsch and all encompassing world of her own.

Selected Exhibitions

• Salad Bowl in London, APT Gallery, London, U.K., 2010
• Peer 6: Film Screening – The Assistant, Bearspace Gallery, London, U.K., 2010
• 4482 [SASAPARI] Utopia/ Dystopia: A Palace with Contemporary Views, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London, U.K., 2010
• The Devil’s Necktie, The Woodmill, London, U.K., 2010
• Ways of Seeing, Part 1, I-MYU Project, London, U.K., 2010

정윤경 (Yun-Kyung Jeong) •

Yun-Kyung Jeong is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art (2008). Her selected group shows include London Art Fair in London (2010), KIAF in Seoul(2010), 4482: Korean Contemporary Art, Bargehouse in London (2009 & 2010), JOONGANG FINEART PRIZE in Seoul (2010), SONGAM ARTIST PRIZE in Seoul (2010). Her performances include Notations in London (2008). The artist is a recipient of a number of awards including the JOONGANG FINEART PRIZE (2010), SONGAM ARTIST PRIZE (2010), Renaissance Art Prize (2008) and the Foster Fletcher Prize (2008).

Selected Exhibitions
• SONGAM ARTIST PRIZE, OCI Art Gallery, Seoul, 2010
• JOONGANG FINEART PRZE, Seoul Art Museum, Seoul, 2010
• T-R-A-C-E, Shan Hyu Museum, China, 2010
• London Art Fair, London, U.K., 2010
• Natural Recurrence, Nolias Gallery, London, U.K., 2009
• ‘group/grope’, Area10, London, U.K., 2009
• Visual Vocabulary,Willsden Green Library Centre, London, U.K., 2008
• 4482 Korean Contemporary Art, Bargehouse, London, U.K., 2008
• Notations 2008, Performance, UCL Research Centre, London, U.K., 2008

천주희 (Joohee Chun) •

Joohee Chun studied Painting (BFA) at Hong-Ik University in South Korea and completed a MA in Fine Art Practice and Theory: Painting at Winchester School of Art in the U.K. in 2007. She has participated in numerous art festivals and workshops, including LungA International Art Festival Project, Seydisfiordur in Iceland in 2007.

Selected Exhibitions
• Pentland Finchley Community Festival Exhibition, London, U.K., 2010
• Affordable Art Fair, Patrick’s Harvist Gallery, London, U.K., 2010
• Action and Sale of Art (Donation a art work to St. Mary-at-Finchley Organ Appeal
Charity No 1131595 ), St. Mary Hall, London, U.K., 2010
• 4482-2010 Korean Contemporary Artists in London, Oxo tower Bargehouse, London, U.K., 2010
• ‘Mind the Gap’, Gallery Young, Seoul, Korea, 2009 (Solo)
• Moontree Gallery, Bournemouth, U.K., 2009 (Solo)

박혜경 (Hye Kyung Park)

Hye Kyung Park is a writer, poet, columnist and a member of the International Pen Club. She has twice been awarded as an international writer by the Overseas Korean Foundation in 2001 and 2005. In 2006 her first poetry book was published by Togijangi House in South Korea. Her essay book, The Scarf of the Snow Man, was published by Togijangi House in 2010.

• The Scarf of the Snow Man (essay book), Togijangi House, Seoul, 2010
• <그 사람은 뜰 안에 있고 나는 뜰 밖에 서 있다> (poetry book), Togijangi
House, Seoul, 2006
• Columnist for ‘Hanin Sinmoon’ (Korean Newspaper in the U.K.), 2002-2004

박영진 (Young Jin Park) – guest artist

Young-Jin Park lives and works in Paris. She studied as a specialised make-up artist at L’école d’institut Catolique and L’école Christian Chauveau. As a child she danced and sang with “Little Angels,” and studied painting/drawing at Sunhaw Art School in Seoul. Her art, influenced by her background as a make-up artist, is all about facial expression. Recently she was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her process of recovery she felt strongly drawn to draw people’s mind and spirit through the expression of their faces. More and more she has come to feel the soul of a person that can be seen through their face. She exhibits three works in this exhibition exploring this theme.

정정회 (Jung Hoi Jung) – guest artist
After his successful career in the banking industry for many decades, Jung-Hoi Jung has been actively pursuing his artistic career as a photographer. He is an Intangible Cultural Asset in Busan, Korea. He has been awarded many prizes, including the Korea Photo Culture Award (2002), Grand Prize in the FACOK Cultural Award in (2003), and Merit for the completion of the 2004 Busan Biennale(2005). His works were donated to the Busan Municipal Museum (2002) and the West-Sea Good-Fish-Catch Ritual Preservation Society (2004). He has worked as a manager and judge in numerous photography festivals and competitions, including the National Photo Contest (1981-2007). He is currently working as an advisor of the Photo Artist Society of Korea, invited artist of the Korea Grand Photo Festival and Busan Grand Photo Festival, member of the Dong-A Ilbo Photo Coterie, special member of the Cheongsahoe in Busan and  Busan International Photo Exchange Association.

Selected Exhibitions
•  Invited exhibition in France, Korea- France Cultural centre, Paris, France,1998
• “Those in the Festival”, Busan City hall, Busan, Korea, 2002 (Solo)
• “West-Sea Good-Fish- catch Rituals”, Yeonggwang Bookstore gallery, Busan, Korea, 2004 (Solo)
• “Royal Shrine Memorial Ceremonies”, Hyundai Department Store Gallery, Ulsan/ Busan, Korea, 2005 (Solo)
• “Sea Routes of Peace and Hope”, Busan City Hall, Busan, Korea, 2006 (Solo)
• “Intangible Cultural Assets in Busan”, Busan Citizen’s Hall, Busan, Korea, 2007 (Solo)

Time for Stillness…Time for Silence: Solo Exhibition by Soon Yul Kang

News of an exhibition starting tomorrow at Artspace Gallery:

Time for Stillness…Time for Silence
Solo Exhibition by Soon Yul Kang
June 21 – July 3, 2010 at Artspace Galleries

Soon-yul Kang

Artspace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Soon Yul Kang. Soon Yul Kang will exhibit her unique meditative hand woven tapestries and some collage and mixed media works. The subject matter for this exhibition is contemplation and meditation, a time for stillness, a time for silence. Time in this context is not confined to physical time, it also relates to feelings that are beyond the limits of physical time, a stillness or a silence that cannot bounded by physical time. For a number of years Soon Yul Kang is interested in the representation of human emotions into her hand woven tapestries as the medium. She developed her subject inspired by the concepts of Zen –simplicity, stillness and emptiness in terms of meditation and healing in her tapestries with serene landscapes. Soon Yul Kang states

“My works have been concerned with contemplation, healing and time. The inspiration for my tapestries comes mostly from nature, from various serene landscapes. I have also been inspired by Zen concepts such as simplicity, stillness and emptiness. I am still developing these ideas in my tapestries with tranquil landscapes that involve subtle changes in colour and light that reflect changes in perspective and mood. They do not represent an actual scene but are more like semi-abstract representations. Subtlety of woven colour is more important than actual depiction of a scene. I am exploring how nature can effect human emotion and how the image may be used in meditation and healing.”

All of Soon Yul Kang’s tapestries have been created by hand using traditional tapestry weaving techniques, by the use of very subtle mix of coloured wool threads. She creates smooth gradation by using subtly blended colour threads just as a painter uses a colour palette.

Soon Yul Kang is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She studied textile arts in Korea, Japan and at West Dean College in UK. She received her MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has been a resident artist in Kew Studio in Richmond since 1998. She now returns to Korea each year to lecture at Ewha Womans University. Soon Yul Kang specializes in hand woven tapestries but she also creates collages and mixed media works. She uses traditional tapestry weaving technique but expressed in a contemporary way. A tapestry of hers is on permanent display at West Middlesex University Hospital.

Artspace Gallery
18 Maddox Street


An invitation to an evening with the Korean Artists Association

Invitation - front

Detailed Programme | Performer Profiles | Visual Artist Profiles and credits

The Korean Artists Association
requests the pleasure of your company
for an evening of Korean Art and Culture

Friday 16th October 2009, 7pm – 9pm
at the Korean Cultural Centre UK,
Ground Floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5EJ

followed by drinks and canapés


Visual Art Project Show

Artists: Bada Song (Sculptor), Sunju Park (Glass artist), Youngshin Kim (Book binder), Soonyul Kang (Textile artist), Kitty Jun-Im Mclaughlin (Painter)

Traditional & Contemporary Korean Music

– Poem ‘The rain that fell in season’ – by Hye Kyung Park
– Daegum (Korean bamboo flute) – by Dong yoon Hwang
– Classical vocal – by He Mi Lee
– Kayagum – by Ji Eun Jung
– Keyboard & vocal – by Younee (Korean singer-songwriter-pianist)


– Dance – by Sunnee Park with Musicians Therese Bann and Piero Pierini


Invitation - back

Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin in Line Space Colour

Photo2Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin participates in a group exhibition comprising new work by six London-based artists at 5 Fountayne Road, London, N15 4QL. Nearest Tube Seven Sisters.

Exhibition dates 6 – 18 October 2009. Open every day, 12-6pm

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The essence of Kitty’s work derives from her integration of the duality of her experience of Korean and British culture, weaving them together to present an original and imaginative retelling of the influence of experience on the subject. The rich, tactile surfaces of her paintings, composed of rhythmic, linear elements cross the canvas in layers of Korean Hanji paper.

Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin
Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin

Jung Ji-eun Kayageum recital, 7 Oct

Jung Ji-EunJung Ji-eun will be a familiar performer to many of us in London. Go along and support her at the Asian Music Centre, where she launches the “Strings of Asia” series, in which the AMC will explore the family of Asian string instruments: Korean kayageum, Japanese Koto and Chinese guzheng with some of the best specialists in the field.

Wednesday 7 October, 6.30pm-7.30pm, £3

Jung Ji-Eun holds a BA in Korean Traditional Music from Ewha Women’s University and MA in Asian Religious Music from Dong Gook University. She is also a Chairwoman of Department of Traditional Instrumental Music of Gyounggi province. Ji-Eun is also a member of the Madangnory Mitchoo Korean traditional Orchestra. She has given numerous concerts in Korea, Canada, US and UK. She will introduce the Kayageum, a Korean traditional string instrument, in this first event of the Strings of Asia series.

The Asian Music Centre is at 1-2 Bradford Road (off Warple Way), Acton London W3 7SP
Train: Acton Central
Tube: Shepherd’s Bush / Turnham Green


An evening with the Korean Artists Association


The UK Korean Artists Association invite you to a varied evening of visual and performing arts on 16 October at the Korean Cultural Centre.

The Korean Artists Association was formed twelve years ago to represent UK-based Korean artists, and counts among its membership dancers, painters, sculptors, musicians and other creative artists. Their evening at the KCC in June 2008 was a great success, and now they return with a slightly different mix of talent.

Sunnee Park will perform a reinterpretation of traditional shamanistic dance, while Ji-eun Jung will play her own composition for Kayageum, People of the Sea, inspired by pictures taken by her father, the renowned photographer Jung-hoi Jung. The photographs will be projected onto the wall of the KCC’s multipurpose space during Ji-eun’s performance.

People of the Sea - Jung Hoi Jung
People of the Sea - Jung Hoi Jung

The Association is also delighted to welcome a special guest performer, the talented singer songwriter Younee, who is in London to perform at the Pizza Express Jazz Club and other venues. Younee will perform numbers from her new album, released this month.


The performances also include solo daegeum music from Dong-yoon Hwang, Classical and Korean folk songs from He Mi Lee, and poetry from Hye Kyung Park.

Some of the KAA’s visual and creative artists will also briefly introduce their work: Bada Song (sculptor), Sunju Park (glass artist), Kitty Junim McLaughlin (painter), Youngshin Kim (bookbinder) and Soon-yul Kang (textile artist).

The performances start promptly at 7pm on 16 October at the Korean Cultural Centre.

To confirm your place, please register in advance with

Header design by Sunju Park

Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy

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For those who missed the Anglo-Korean Society event at the Korean Cultural Centre on 16th June, a slightly more extended version will be held at the Fulham Public Library this month, 16-19 July. Included will be all of Francesca Cho’s original paintings inspired by hangeul, Korea’s remarkable alphabet.

Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy from Past to Present
Francesca Cho: Hangul 7 (1996)Curated by Francesca di Fraia

A series of short films on Korea’s artistic and cultural treasures produced by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be screened by Hang-jin Chang and Matthew Jackson. Francesca Cho will introduce a series of modern paintings inspired by King Sejong’s Hangeul alphabet, which continues to spiritually influence her work to this day.

The documentaries will include The Sarira Casket, Koryo Buddhist Paintings, The Seokkuram Grotto and Korea Today. These were shown to more than 2,000 people in Brussels at the Smile of Buddha exhibition, one of the largest offerings of Korean art to date with over 60,000 visitors.

Francesca Cho: North & South 1 (1997)Francesca Cho: North & South 2 (1997)

Francesca Cho: North and South 1 & 2 (1997)

Opening hours:
Thursday 16 July: 10am – 8pm
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 19 July: 11am – 4pm

Film screenings available throughout the exhibition at stated times and on request.

Talk hours (with film screenings):
Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Free entry to the exhibition and talks. Sponsored by Samsung and the Korea Tourism Organisation.


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Exhibition Hall
Fulham Library
598 Fulham Road

Nearest Tube: Parsons Green
Buses: 14, 414, 424 via Fulham Road

Francesca Cho in two European exhibitions

London-based Korean artist Francesca Cho is participating in two group exhibitions in continental Europe during May: in Berlin and Lecce.

Reliquaries of Empires Dust

Reliquaries of Empires Dust is an exhibition exploring trends in art and artists response to the current global climate. Whether an exploration in environmental, geopolitical, monetary, cultural, societal shifts or in paradigms of utopias lost and found, the exhibition is building as three nucleii of repositaries of pasts, present and future with an organic structure where artists’ contributions are building networks of capsules, vitrines and mounted displays of works in keeping with the exhibition ethos of Museum MAN within the gallery space of Bereznitsky Gallery Berlin. International artists and Berlin artists alike have been invited to work within the space of the Bereznitsky.

82 artists from 23 countries participate in this international exhibition. Francesca Cho’s contribution is Poet’s Soul:

Francesca Cho: Poets Soul (2009)
Francesca Cho: Poet's Soul (2009)

Bereznitsky Gallery
Heidestr. 73 / vor der Tankstelle links rein bitte!
Berlin, Germany, 1 – 30 May

Phone: 493070081256

Lecce catalogueMeanwhile in heel of Italy’s boot, Cho is one of thirty artists from sixteen countries chosen to participate in an exhibition entitled Transiti Nomadi (‘Nomadic Transitions’) in the Museo Civico di Arte Contemporanea di San Cesario di Lecce. Lecce, famous for its baroque architecture, is sometimes known as the Florence of the South, or as the city of 100 churches.

The theme of the exhibition is inspired by one of the characteristics of the surrounding Salento region of Italy, which has always been a cultural melting pot. Cho’s Gold Tree (below) was selected for the exhibition.

Francesca Cho: Gold Tree (2006) Oil on canvas, 41 x 66 cm
Francesca Cho: Gold Tree (2006) Oil on canvas, 41 x 66 cm

Museo Civico, Piazza Garibaldi, 16 (Palazzo Ducale)
Opening hours 9.00/13.00 – 15.00/18.00
Tel 0832 205636
18 April – 16 May 2009

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

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

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