Performers on stage during a performance of The Trojan Women by Ong Keng Sen.

From Busan to Brighton

Posted on 13 March 2017

We are co-investing £1.4 million in international collaboration and exchange with Arts Council Korea. 21 performing and visual arts projects in England and South Korea will receive awards from the fund.

The investment announced today by Arts Council England and Arts Council Korea will bring exceptional work to UK audiences, support collaborations between English and South Korean artists and create opportunities for English arts in South Korea.

Our contribution to the fund is part of our £18 million investment in international exchange, partnership and growth in 2015-18.

The Trojan Women by Ong Keng Sen, the National Changgeuk Company and the National Theatre of Korea. Photo © National Theatre of Korea.

The Arts Council England–Arts Council Korea co-investment sits alongside and complements the UK/Korea 2017–18 season, jointly organised by the British Council and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. 

Some projects begin soon and will bring extraordinary original work to audiences in the UK. Others will enable longer-term arts exchanges between South Korea and England. The projects include a number of residency exchanges for visual artists and opportunities for emerging talent in each country to co-create new work.

Successful projects include:

LIFT and Brighton Festival will collaborate to bring a piece of world-class Korean music theatre to English audiences in May and June 2018: a fascinating adaptation of Trojan Woman by the internationally-renowned director, Ong Keng Sen, with the National Changgeuk Company and the National Theatre of Korea. These two innovative festivals will present an extraordinary piece of work that combines the musical storytelling and drumming tradition of Korean opera and pansori with the best of contemporary theatre.

BALTIC will lead a consortium of English organisations including Castlefield Gallery, FACT, Grizedale Arts, New Art Exchange, Site Gallery, Spike Island and Wysing Arts Centre that will partner with Korean institutions to develop an Artists’ Residency Exchange Programme for emerging artists based in the UK and Korea.

Crying Out Loud will partner with Producer Group DOT and SiDance Festival in Korea to connect artists, venues and organisations in London and Seoul to co-produce artists and combine the artistic strengths of both countries. Activity will include workshops, public performances in both countries and a documentary film.

Commenting on the fund, Secretary of State for Culture Karen Bradley said:

"This international partnership is a fantastic example of how we can use our world-leading arts and culture to showcase a more global Britain.

"I was delighted to see some of the exciting UK-Korea cultural season programme first hand and this collaboration will strengthen these creative links even further."

Simon Mellor, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“These awards enable artists, curators and producers in both countries to develop their creative potential and build new international networks. As well as creating a legacy of continuing creative collaboration, exchange and export between England and Korea, this programme will support the presentation of exceptional artistic work in both countries.”