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UK/Korea Artists’ Residency Exchange Programme


Arts Council England are co-investing £1.4 million in international collaboration and exchange with Arts Council Korea; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is delighted to be among the 21 performing and visual arts projects in England and South Korea to receive awards from the fund. 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.

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.

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

Responding to the UK/Korea 2017-18 season’s key theme of ‘Creative Futures’, forging futures for emerging artists and arts organisations, this ambitious new initiative will have long-term impact, connecting artists with place and building sustainable relationships with exchange partners. The programme will focus on professional development, encouraging an exchange of artists’ skills and ideas internationally, strengthening diversity in practice and nurturing appreciation and understanding across cultures and geographies.

UK Partners:

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is an award-winning international art space situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead that has attracted almost seven million visitors since opening in 2002. BALTIC’s vision is to create exceptional access to contemporary art in a unique setting that encourages and enables learning and transformational thinking. BALTIC is launching a new international artists’ residency scheme in 2017, and artists will be offered a studio space within the building.

Manchester-based Castlefield Gallery | Agency (CG) presents exhibitions and commissions in its gallery and public realm spaces. CG is dedicated to artists’ talent development, delivered through the gallery, New Art Spaces (NAS) – empty properties accessed for artists to incubate and showcase practice across the region – and Castlefield Gallery Associates (CGA) an artists’ membership scheme. CG residencies are fully supported and residents have access to NAS, accommodation via partners, for example Islington Mill in Salford.

Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) is a leading media arts centre based in Liverpool, whose aim is to bring together art, digital technologies and people. FACT's unique artistic programme seeks to inspire and enrich lives through exhibitions, participant-led projects, research and production activities, and public-facing dissemination events.

Grizedale Arts operates from Lawson Park, a productive smallholding located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria. Grizedale’s residencies are underpinned by a philosophy that emphasises the value use of art and often feed into major annual projects. Lawson Park is home to Grizedale’s residencies and has a comprehensive offer, with residents expected to contribute to the day-to-day operations on the farm during their stay.

New Art Exchange is a contemporary arts space in Nottingham celebrating cultural richness and diversity. It is the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts. The venue presents an ever-changing programme of art exhibitions, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, symposiums, lectures, festivals, creative enterprise development and a live performance programme.

Site Gallery is Sheffield's leading contemporary visual art gallery specialising in film, new media and performance. Pioneering emerging art practices and ideas, Site works in partnership with local, regional and international collaborators to nurture artistic talent and support the development of contemporary art. The gallery has an annual residency scheme – Platform – where artists are invited to produce new works in public by using the gallery spaces as a site of production.

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design that presents a year-round programme of public exhibitions, talks and activities. Based in Bristol, it is home to a gallery, café, studios and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A hub for production, presentation and debate, Spike Island fosters a dynamic and critically engaged community of artists and designers, also hosting international residencies for artists, curators and writers.

Wysing Arts Centre develops new ways to support artists and enabling art and ideas to reach a wide range of people in unexpected ways. Established in 1989, Wysing’s large site in rural Cambridgeshire encompasses ten buildings including artist studios, educational and project spaces, ceramics facilities, a gallery, onsite accommodation and outdoor space.

Find out more about UK/KOREA Creative Futures 2017 here.