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The Arts Tasmania Jeju International Residency Program

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Tasmanian artists Dr Megan Walch and Dr Penny Burnett will both travel to Jeju this year.A new international residency program between Arts Tasmania and the Jeju Foundation for Arts and Culture is underway, with one Tasmanian artist already exploring South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Dr Penny Burnett was the first Tasmanian to take part in the program, travelling to Jeju just last week.

She and Dr Megan Walch (who will begin her residency next month) will each spend six weeks connecting with the island’s arts and cultural sector, in a bid to gain cultural understanding and build upon their artistic practices.

As part of the reciprocal program, Tasmania recently welcomed Korean visual artist Jungkeun Park, who will spend six weeks living in Hobart and working in a studio at the University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts.

Mr Park will be followed by painter Eunsuk Jeon, who will arrive in October for six weeks.

These exchanges, which will be offered again in 2019, provide a framework for artists to act as cultural ambassadors, using the arts as a means of building greater awareness and understanding between our two islands.

It is hoped that the program will not only broaden the individual artists’ experiences, but also the experiences of the communities in which they live.

The Arts Tasmania Jeju International Residency Program is jointly funded by the Tasmanian Government and Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The AKF supports activities that promote mutual understanding and stronger people-to-people relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea.

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Image: Tasmanian artists Dr Megan Walch and Dr Penny Burnett will both travel to Jeju this year.