Arts Council England supports international cultural exchange with Korea

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

Arts Council England's contribution is part of their £18 million investment in international exchange, partnership and growth in 2015-18 and complements the UK/Korea 2017–18 season, jointly organised by the British Council and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. 

Successful projects include:

  • LIFT and Brighton Festival – A collaboration to bring an adaptation of Korean music-theatre piece Trojan Woman, by internationally-renowned director Ong Keng Sen, with the National Changgeuk Company and the National Theatre of Korea. It will merge the musical storytelling and drumming tradition of Korean opera and pansori with the best of contemporary theatre. Read more here.
  • BALTIC – Leading a consortium of English organisations including Castlefield Gallery, FACT, Grizedale Arts, New Art Exchange, Site Gallery, Spike Island and Wysing Arts Centre to partner with Korean organisations for an Artists’ Residency Exchange Programme focused on emerging artists from each country.
  • Crying Out Loud – Partnering with Producer Group DOT and SiDance Festival in Korea, they will connect artists, venues and organisations in London and Seoul through workshops, public performances and a documentary in both countries.

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.”


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


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