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Through their eyes: Depicting Korea and UK Then and Now

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7th July to 30th September

This exhibition celebrates the significant presence of the Korean Community in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and UK-Korean cross cultural appreciation through historical and contemporary artworks.

The exhibition showcases over 30 colourful woodblock and etching prints by Paul Jacoulet, Elizabeth Keith, Lilian May Miller and Willy Seiler.  These reminiscent prints depict the life, landscapes and events of Korea from the 1920s to 1950s. Alongside these historical prints, 4 British artists (Matthew John Atkinson, Emma Corrall, Jason Verney and Richard Layzell) present their interpretation of contemporary Korea and New Malden in the Borough (where the biggest Korean Community in Europe dwell).

10 Korean artists who live in or have visited the UK, some of whom are local residents in the Borough, are exhibiting new artworks expressing their experiences and views of life in the UK through different subjects and media. Participating Korean artists are Sarah E. Choi, Eunjung Feleppa, Min Seo, Sunim, Jee Oh, Yujin Kim, Manchul Oh, Sungyoung Park, Boreum Oh, and Jeongmin Moon.

The exhibition is generously sponsored by the Han Collection and British Korean Society.

Korean art and craft activities for families and children will be hosted at the Museum throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates: 7 July - 30 September 2017


Associated Events

Thumbs up It’s Thursday! 1-4 pm

Thursday 27 July Making collage frames

Thursday 3 August Making flowers with Korean traditional paper and tissue paper

Thursday 10 August Making Korean traditional paper drums

Thursday 17 August Making kites

Thursday 24 August Styrofoam printing

Thursday 31 August Making flower patterns with straws

Saturday 9 & 23 September 2-4 pm

Family Special: Korean Art

Explore woodblock printing and stencils. Work with a Korean artist to make your own artwork. Suitable for 5+ years old. £3 per child


Thursday 21 September 6 pm

Korean Contemporary Art

Talk by Jeyun Moon, Curator at the Korean Cultural Centre about Korean contemporary art in Korea and the UK.


Thursday 31 August – 3 October

Community Case display

‘Dol’, Baby’s First Birthday Celebration in Korea

Korean traditional dress, Hanbok designer, Ji Hyen Park, showcases two sets of the special Korean dress, of both traditional and contemporary styles, which babies wear for their first birthday celebration.

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