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Strategic Area: Economic diplomacy

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
Cultural Delegates to participate in APAM 2016 RMIT University Financial support for 4 students to undertake workplace internships in Korean media organisations. $22,950.00
AKF Media Fellows 2016 University Of Sydney 4 media students from The University of Sydney will undertake a journalism Internship in Seoul. $20,000.00
A study of the sentiments of Korean importers after KAFTA: Strategies, Opportunities and Challenges for Australia University of South Australia It examines to what extent the KAFTA is filtering down to real business for those directly affected. $9,700.00
South Korean Trainee Project: Life and Work Transition Resources Regional Development Australia Orana Students will train in Orana to become qualified, fill skills gaps & enhance bilateral relationships $25,000.00
Open Innovation Workshop for Korea-Australia Smart Cities Service Trade The University of New South Wales This provides an open innovation workshop to develop a business strategy for smart city services. $15,000.00
Australia-Korea Forum on Women in Leadership Griffith Asia Institute A one-day bilateral forum to address gender equality and women in leadership in Asia. $18,900.00
A new undergraduate unit of study with a focus on the Australia-Korean bilateral economic relationship. The University of Sydney focus study on the Australia-Korean bilateral economic relationship $4,650.00
Australia-Korea Journalist Exchange Program The Walkley Foundation Biannual exchange for journalists to build relationships & networks between Australia & Korea $40,000.00  
The Innovation Systems of Australia and Korea in the FTA Era: Deepening Linkages to Promote the Diffusion of Innovation  Dr Bronwen Dalton Australian and Korean industry & researchers networks and resources to promote innovation diffusion. $23,400.00

Strategic Area: Geopolitical Relations

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
Representing Australia in South Korea's Networked Digital News Mediascape The University of Sydney This project evaluates the representation of Australia in South Korean online news media sources $15,240
Stereo Histories: Korea and Australia through the photographic explorations of George Rose, 1904 Dr Matthew Richards Using cultural history methodologies, this project will assess the Korea folio of George Rose. $7,000 Centre for Australian Studies, Yonsei University, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, George Rose

Strategic Area: Economics and trade

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
35th Annual Joint Meeting Australia Korea Business Council 35th Annual Joint Meeting and conference between AKBC and KABC in Seoul ROK $11,000 Australia Korea Business Council, "35th Joint Council Meeting: Exploring the Benefits of KAFTA" Outcomes Statement
Demystifying Korea Export Council of Australia Understanding and doing business with Korea for Australian service providers $18,700
Enhancing Australia–Korea Relations at National, Institutional and Individual Levels Griffith University Griffith University and Kyung Hee University will study, analyse and disseminate knowledge about the Korea – Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA). $7,700 Griffith University, Kyung Hee University, Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Strategic Area: Education, Science and Technology

Annual Priority Area: Korean language and Literacy

Projects which develop the language and cross-cultural skills of Australians to effectively engage with Korea and build a deeper understanding of Korean society, politics and the economy, including language studies and student/professional exchange programs. These are fundamentally important to the objectives of the Foundation.

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
'Sydney Opera House - Global Conversations: Korea' Sydney Opera House Trust A digital learning program and strategic delivery plan for schools in Korea and Australia. $35,000.00  
9th Korean Studies Association of Australasia Biennial Conference Korean Studies Association of Australasia Special Workshop on Korean Language Education in Australian Schools $8,900.00
Tangible, Virtual, People-to-People: 25 years of Asialink Arts Residencies in Korea Asialink Residencies for arts professionals in Korea and Australia, and contribution to Alumni Strategy. $35,000.00  
This That - Production, touring and picture book Imaginary Ltd. trading as Imaginary Theatre A new performance & picture book for 2-5 year olds created in collaboration between Brisbane & Seoul $20,000.00  
Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project Asia Education Foundation, The University of Melbourne Building Australia-Korea school partnerships to connect teachers, students and school communities $45,000.00  
Global LYNCS Distance Education Centre Victoria DET school Building language & culture partnerships between schools using video conferencing technologies. $20,000.00
Synergy Percussion - "earth cry" Synergy & Taikoz Ltd A collaboration between Australia and Korea's premiere percussion ensembles, Synergy & Noreum Machi. $28,966.00  
Towards a better environment for Australia's Korean language education: Korean at secondary schools Korea Research Institute, UNSW Australia To strengthen Korean at schools in the era of the National Curriculum and the New Colombo Plan $88,000 Korea Research Institute, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Languages, Korean language curriculum F-10 [PDF 1.9 MB], Korean language studies on the rise again in Australia
Towards a non-profit RTO for Korean language education in regional NSW Brad Wilke To offer Korean externally to secondary students in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions of NSW. $13,000
Australia-Korea Journalist Exchange Program The Walkley Foundation for Journalism Biannual journalist exchange between Australia & Korea, building relationships and better reporting $44,000 2014 Australia-Korea Journalist Exchange - 2014 Participants: Andrew Tillet, Federal Political Reporter, The West Australian, @andrewtillett; Lucy McNally, Bi-media Reporter, ABC News, @LucyMcNallyABC; Patrick Quip, Contributing Editor, The Big Issue Australia, @patrickquip; and Peter Ryan, Business Editor, ABC, @Peter_F_Ryan
AKF Media Fellows 2015 The University of Sydney 4 media students from The University of Sydney will undertake journalism internships in Seoul. $22,000 Parallax: The Life of Media Interns Abroad - about Robert North, about Kate Bolster, about Nick Gowland | Vimeo, about Brendan Day | Vimeo, AKF website provides links to stories
2015 RMIT Journalism Internships Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Financial support for 4 students to undertake workplace internships in Korean media organisations. $22,550 RMIT, RMIT's Simon Love #simohitsseoul, AKF website provides links to stories
Australia-Korea Internship Program University of Sydney AKIP is an internship program in Korea for eight selected outstanding Australian students $45,386
AKF Scholarships Scholarship for study in Korea $85,000

Annual Priority Area: Science Innovation

Projects which establish new partnerships or build on existing collaborations between institutions or peak bodies and their counterparts in Korea, particularly in emerging fields of research and development or where Australia has specific expertise. Of particular interest are projects related to health, aging and social change.

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
Australian-Korean collaboration to address geotechnical challenges in oil and gas extraction and renewable wind energy harvesting A/Prof Muhammad Shazzad Hossain Enhancing collaboration to improve the design of drilling rig and wind turbine foundation systems $29,950.00
Australia-Korea Forum for Offshore Technology in Oil & Gas Industries (AKO 2015) Curtin University AKO 2015 will be a promising forum for Korean young generation to pursue a career in Australia. $20,000.00
Australia Korea Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program (ERLEP) The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Mid-career researcher exchange to develop personal/institutional linkages (science and technology). $25,160.00
Development of an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health This research project will evaluate new compounds to develop a treatment for Alzheimer's disease $29,920.00
Pivotal powers: Korea, Indonesia and Australia in a contested Asia Australian National University To explore prospects for 'minilateral' security cooperation between Korea, Indonesia and Australia. $20,000.00
Australia Korea collaboration in stem cell therapy and innovations in musculoskeletal health University of New South Wales Australia Korea collaboration increasing knowledge about cellular therapy in bone and joint therapy $26,638.00
Powering the Future: Australia-Korea Partnerships for Advancing Energy Storage Technologies The University of Newcastle Project will advance the science and technology of electrochemical energy storage and conversion. $20,000.00
The Fusion of Science and Arts – An interactive digital platform to enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) teaching and learning exchanges by science teachers in Korea and Australia Macquarie University This project fosters innovation in STEAM teaching in Australia-Korean through joint collaboration. $31,717.00
University of Newcastle - Ewha Womans University PhD (Nursing) Symposium University of Newcastle The project will convene PhD students & faculty from S. Korea & Australia for a PhD symposium. $20,000.00
A Foundation Study for a Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement between Australia and Korea: Based on Medicare (Australia) and National Health Insurance (Korea) The University of Sydney A foundation study for a Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement between Australia and Korea. $20,000.00
Australia-Korea Alliance for Science, Innovation and Action (AKASIA) in Population and Global Health University of Melbourne To further joint studies in genetic epidemiology and cancer research by building on collaborations. $27,800.00
Australia Korea Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program (ERLEP) Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Short-term science and technology mid-career researcher exchange program. $27,401, ERLEP, 2014 Report Korea's National Research Foundation, Australian Researchers (May 2015 visit to Korea)
Contemporary materials for carbon capture CSIRO Enhancing separation performances of polymers with porous particles for separation industries. $18,150 CSIRO Team, Korean partner,
Asia-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (AKC 2014) Korean Academy of Scientists and Engineers in Australasia (KASEA) AKC2014 will be a vibrant forum to showcase all aspects of science and technology in Pacific region $11,000 Korean Academy of Scientists and Engineers in Australasia, AKC 2014
INTEGRATE Bio-Sub-study Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group Research Fellowship: Analysis of a complex clinical trial, biostatistics & integration of lab data $ 19,328 The Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group,, Korean Cancer Study Group
The development of the Australian-Korean mm-VLBI network University of Western Australia Combining Australian and Korean Radio Telescopes to resolve the environments of Black Holes $ 18,150 International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research,, Results on the ICRAR websites, Link to paper presented by Maria Rioja (ICRAR) at 12th European VLBI Network Symposium and Users Meeting presenting results, "Astrometry and new methods made possible by the new generation instruments", Notification to the Korean Astronomical Society about the December 2014 meeting on the application of the KVN-Australian methods
Australia Korea Researcher to Innovation Workshop Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Explore Australian & ROK Government initiatives that successfully promote research to commercial outcomes. $ 23,420 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering:
Korean National Academy of Engineering:
Constraining the age of the Yangsan Fault zone and subsequent reactivation events, Korea CSIRO (Earth Science and Resource Engineering) Evaluation of the Yangsan Fault to decode its geological history by CSIRO and Korea University $ 13,200 CSIRO: Korea University: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (in Korean):
Development of Bilateral Work Integrated Learning Global Health Elective for Health Science Students Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Bilateral visits, partnership agreements, seminars, guidelines for global health student exchanges $ 13,200 Jeju National University
Cheju Halla University
Enabling Australia-Korea gasification research partnerships CSIRO Linking Australian gasification science with Korean coal technology development $ 13,200 CSIRO:
Australia and Korea's Clean Energy Future: The Role of Innovative Technology University of Sydney Two symposiums on the green transformation of waste to clean energy. $ 7,700 The University of Sydney
4th AsiaPacific-Korea Conference on Science and Technology (AKC2014):
Commissioning of an atmospheric Radon-222 detector at Jang Bogo Station, Antarctica. Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Radon observations at Korean Antarctic Base for characterising pollution trends and fetch regions $ 5,390 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO):
Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI):
Published article:
Information about King Sejong:
Information about the new Korean Base “Jang Bogo Station”:
ANSTO Institute for Environmental Research:
Discovery of Genes for Production of Immune Cells Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research Korean student was hosted at Harry Perkins Institute within a team seeking to identify genes regulating production of Innate CD8+ T cells. $ 5,000 Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research:
Star formation and dark matter in dwark galaxies University of Western Australia Multi-wavelength studies of star formation and mass distribution in a dwarf galaxy IC 10 $ 3,916 Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)
Outreach and Education teams at the University of Western Australia
Yonsei University
Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI)
Scientific linkage between Neuroscience Research Australia and Konkuk University Neuroscience Research Australia Establish a scientific linkage between Neuroscience Research Australia and Konkuk University for dementia research $ 3,300 Neuroscience Research Australia:

University of New South Wales School of Medical Sciences:

Other Education, Science and Technology

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
Sydney Opera House - Korea Digital Education Pilot Program Sydney Opera House Trust Sydney Opera House is piloting its digital education program to Korean schools. $ 32,505 Sydney Opera House Trust

Strategic Area: Society, Culture, Arts, Sports and Media

Annual Priority Area: Sports Diplomacy

Projects harnessing major sporting events, such as the 2015 Asian Cup hosted by Australia and the 2018 Winter Olympics hosted by Korea, to develop ties between the sports and business communities of Korea and Australia.

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
Honey Pot 2016 Adelaide Fringe Cultural exchange and developing partnerships between Australia & Korea through Honey Pot. $8,120.00
Sydney Film Festival Sydney Film Festival Sydney Film Festival is focuses on showcasing the best of films from Australia and around the world. $12,360.00
20th Biennale of Sydney: ‘The Future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed’ Biennale of Sydney Two Korean artists will participate in the 20th Biennale of Sydney exhibition, programs and events. $20,000.00
Cultural Delegates to participate in APAM 2016 Brisbane Powerhouse South Korean cultural delegates participating in the Australian Performing Arts Market 2016 $25,000.00
6th Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA 2015) Korean Cultural Office, Australia KOFFIA Korean Film Festival presents the best of Korean film to 6 states Australia wide annually $8,000.00
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) Queensland Art Gallery │ Gallery of Modern Art APT8 - flagship international contemporary art event hosted by QAGOMA $25,000.00
"Korean doo-wop done in the 21st century" Multicultural Arts Victoria Barberettes  down under -Contemporary Korean Indie arts in Mapping Melbourne $10,400.00
New Romance: Art from Australia and Korea [working title] Museum of Contemporary Art Australia An exhibition partnership between the MCA Australia and the MMCA, Korea. $20,000.00
Australian Drowning Prevention Initiative in South Korea Queensland Aquatic Quality and Safety Pty Ltd Deliver Australian "Swim & Survive" Program in South Korea, aimed at preventing drownings. $27,272.00
Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) Korean film showcase Adelaide Film Festival A showcase of recent Korean cinema presented by a Korean filmmaker at Adelaide Film Festival. $3,400.00
Australian Films and Artists for the 20th Busan International Film Festival Busan International Film Festival Selected Australian titles and filmmakers will be invited and presented during the festival days $6,500.00 South Korea
'Uncertain Paradise' and 'Art From Australia' The Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Incorporated Australian contemporary art showcase in Korea promoting Australian knowledge expertise and networks $20,000.00
Artlink Korea-Australia major art publishing partnership Artlink Australia Artlink magazine December issue on Korean contemporary art & Australia-Korea cultural exchange $19,550.00  
Frameshift Stalker Theatre Company street culture meets interactive and projection technologies in an outdoor performance $25,450.00
Gogo Star The Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation Incorporated  OzAsia Festival presents the Australian premiere of Seoul music group Gogo Star $12,000.00
World Korean Diaspora Games: Short Documentary Korean Soccer Association Australia Documentary on Australia-Korea relations through football, following the Asian Cup 2015. $ 27,456
Asian Cup 2015

Sport events and public diplomacy: Promoting Australia in Korea using the AFC Asian Cup University of South Australia The effects of Australia hosting the Asian Cup on Koreans’ perception of Australia as a part of Asia $ 11,880 Centre for Tourism and Leisure Management, University of South Australia
Using AFC 2015 to develop a bilateral research partnership around sport exchange and diplomacy Victoria University Develop a bilateral research partnership that studies and fosters cultural exchange through sport $ 8,000
Football Codes in the Asian Century, panel discussion:
Sports Law and Integrity Workshop: The 2015 Asian Cup and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games Asian Law Centre and Sports Law Program Sports Law and Integrity Workshop: The 2015 Asian Cup and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games $ 7,700

Other Society, Culture, Arts, Sports and Media

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Project title Grant recipient Purpose Value Websites
Korean Tour of Underground and Deluge Motherboard Productions Korean Tour of two Australia/Korean transcultural performance works - 지하 Underground and Deluge. $ 33,000 See article on AKF website

Motherboard Productions Facebook:
The Tale of Samulnori- Presentation in Busan and Sydney. Legs on the Wall Korean and Australian première of a theatrical collaboration between Legs On The Wall and AsiaNow $ 33,000 Legs On The Wall
The Tale of Samulnori website link: Facebook: Twitter:
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Korea Tour Sydney Symphony Orchestra In October 2015, the SSO will travel to Korea for concert performances and outreach activities. $ 33,000
Episodes: Australian Photography Now Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne Major exhibition of contemporary Australian photography including digital, moving image and new media art at the 13th Dong Gang International Photo Festival. $ 27,500 See AKF website.

Interview with Australian and Korean curators in Ocula
Dong Gang International Photo Festival
Regional Reciprocity: Asialink Arts Residencies between Australia and Korea 2015 University of Melbourne (Asialink) Asialink Arts Residencies between Australia and Korea 2015 $ 25,300 Asialink Arts Residency Program:
Twitter: via @_Asialink_
Instagram: @asialink_arts
Facebook: YouTube: LinkedIn: Asialink Residency Host Partners in Korea: Asialink Reciprocal Residency between Australia and Korea: AKF supported Asialink Arts Residents to Korea: Anna Tregloan (2014); Pilar Mata Dupont (2013); Guy Benfield (2011); Robbie Avenaim (2010); Locust Jones (2010); Leah Barclay (2009); David Prater (2009 and 2005); Virginia Hyam (2007); Michael Yuen (2007); Natalie Cursio (2006); Ian Haig (2006); Larissa Hjorth (2005)
AKF supported Asialink Arts Residents to Australia:
Mijin Kim (2014); Do Kyoung Kim(2013);Lee hai Minsun (2012)
"This That" Imaginary Theatre Final creative development of 'This, That', a Korea-Australian theatre work for children aged 2-5. $ 22,534 Imaginary Theatre Twitter: Facebook:
QPAC Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: RSS. Feeds:
10th World Symposium on Choral Music 2014 Fusion Vocal Ensemble Fusion ensemble will perform at the 10th World Symposium of Choral Music in Seoul. $ 20,886 Fusion Vocal Ensemble
Creative Music Intensive Australian Art Orchestra A cross-cultural residency bringing together Australian and Korean musicians. $ 20,000 The Australian Art Orchestra
Lunar New Year Sydney Koreatown Festival and Twilight Parade Sydney Korean Business Association To celebrate Lunar New Year in Sydney by Koreatown Festival and Twilight Parade on February 2015. $ 16,500 2014 Lunar New Year Festival Highlight DVD(43sec): 2014 Lunar New Year Festival with ARIRANG FLASHMOP(12m 40sec): YTN NEWS IN KOREA: SBS RADIO IN AUSTRALIA: SBS NEWS: The Hon. MP Geoff Lee of Parramatta:!/leeliberalparra/photos/a.183841751631103.50254.179735875375024/797038920311380/?type=1&theater DONPO NEWS: WORLD OVERSEAS KOREAN NEWS: HOJU DONGA: KOREAN NEWS PAPER IN SYDNEY:
Beyond Limitations: Mentoring Camp Vipoo Srivilasa A four-week mentoring cultural exchange program between Australian and Korean artists $ 15,000
Honey Pot 2014/2015 Adelaide Fringe Inc Adelaide Fringe supports cultural exchange between Australia & Korea through the Honey Pot program. $ 12,760 Adelaide Fringe Facebook: Twitter: YouTube:
Australia- Korea, A Cultural Conversation Turtle Lane Studios Pty Ltd An Exhibition of Interviews Exploring the Life and Works of Eminent Australian and Korean Artists $ 12,320 Cultural Conversation
Hello! From Australia 2014 exhibition by Australian Publishers Association and Books Illustrated Books Illustrated Books Illustrated took part in workshops to support this exhibition loaned to Nami Island. $ 11,000 Books Illustrated: Books Illustrated news article: Blog (refer September 2014):
K-Wave Festival SQ Entertainment A one-day, free event displaying Korean contemporary music, food and culture. $ 11,000 K-Wave Festival: #Kwave Festival 2014 – Photos Kwave Festival 2014 – Battle of the Fans Edition
Polyglot tour to Korea Polyglot Puppet Theatre Ltd Interactive theatre for Children's Day: Tangle and Paper Planet $ 11,000 Polyglot: Tangle - Paper Planet - Polyglot highlights - Daejeon Arts and Culture Centre - Gwacheon National Museum of Contemporary Art -
Ansan Street Arts Festival -
5th Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA 2014) Korean Cultural Office KOFFIA Korean Film Festival presents the best of Korean film to 6 states Australia wide annually $ 8,000 Korean Cultural Office:
Australian Films and Artists for the 19th Busan International Film Festival Busan International Film Festival Selected titles and filmmakers from Australia will be invited and presented during the festival. $ 6,500 "BIFF"
Busan International Film Festival Facebook: Twitter: Screen Australia Facebook: Twitter: YouTube:
Dancehouse International in Korea Dancehouse Inc Cultural exchange between Australia and Korea in the field of dance $ 6,345
FALLOUT in Seoul Peter Kaufmann To support the attendance at the 11th Green Film Festival in Seoul of the producer of FALLOUT (documentary). $ 4,678
Korean author Jang Jin-sung and translator Shirley Lee to participate in Sydney Writers' Festival 2014 The Sydney Writers' Festival Limited To support the participation of Korean author Jang Jin-sung and translator Shirley Lee in the Sydney Writers' Festival 2014 $ 5,852 Sydney Writers Festival:
Capturing the Spirit of George Rose - A Cultural Partnership Between Australia & Korea Creative Clunes Further development of partner relationships, centering on photography and schools literacy. $ 4,400

Watch the 6 minute movie of the photographers’ visit to Clunes, courtesy of co-sponsor Culture Victoria x

Start-up costs and events for the inaugural year of KAiAN (Korean Adoptees in Australia Network) Korean Adoptees in Australia Network To increase public awareness of the organisation and the Australian Korean Adoptee community $ 3,856

Project examples

Enriching life through an ancient cultural art form

Young-Sil Han. Photographer: Jung Jin-woo
Young-Sil Han. Photographer: Jung Jin-woo

Nine young Australians and six young Koreans are about to begin a journey that will enrich their careers and creativity and strengthen their links to a cultural art form that dates back to pre-history.

These 15 young artists will join six highly-successful and well-known ceramic artists from Australia and Korea in Beyond Limitations, a four-week mentoring and cultural exchange program. The program, supported by the Australia Korea Foundation and the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in Korea, includes a workshop that will run from 20 July to 20 August followed by an eight-week exhibition.

Beyond Limitations is the brainchild of Thai-born Australian artist, Vipoo Srivilasa, after exhibiting his work at Korea’s 2013 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale and taking part in an international ceramics mentoring camp and workshop.

Vipoo found mentoring so effective that he initiated Beyond Limitations with the assistance of the Australia Korea Foundation and the Clayarch Gimhae Museum. The program brought together experienced and early-career Australian and Korean ceramic artists. Placements were hotly contested, with 70 applications from Australia alone.

At the camp, mentors will focus on the technical and artistic aspects of ceramics, and will talk about communication, marketing, networking, organising careers, and even how to have fun while working under pressure. Amazing ideas and new techniques will undoubtedly emerge from the mentors and artists spending four weeks working together, experimenting together, living together and sharing meals. No doubt, the experience will also lead to an interesting exchange of recipes and cultural stories.

Korea’s long and important role in the world of ceramics is less known in Australia than it is in China and Japan. Beyond Limitations recognises that a shared enjoyment of the medium and engagement between artists from the two countries, including through exhibitions, can help drive change and build a deeper understanding and appreciation of ceramics.

Vipoo says a shared love of the ceramic medium is a “wordless language”, a form of communication that relies on shared practice and human engagement through sight and touch: “It is a powerful tool to increase understanding at all levels, from the personal to the regional and ultimately to the global sphere.”

Working in a foreign country led Vipoo to question what life is all about and, ultimately, to become a better artist. “It’s the reason I am actively involved in projects that create opportunities for cultural exchange between artists internationally,” says Vipoo.

Websites of artists



Kyung Ok Yoo, Lost in Thought 2013, ceramic. Photographer: Yoo Kyung Ok
Kyung Ok Yoo, Lost in Thought 2013, ceramic. Photographer: Yoo Kyung Ok

Vipoo Srivilasa, Gardener II 2015, cobalt pigment on porcelain, Photographer: Andrew Barcham. Image courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.
Vipoo Srivilasa, Gardener II 2015, cobalt pigment on porcelain, Photographer: Andrew Barcham. Image courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.

Emerging researchers exchange valuable knowledge

A unique international exchange program is boosting the careers of emerging research leaders from Australia and South Korea, greatly enhancing their knowledge of, and expertise in, science, technology and innovation.

The ultimate goal of the Australia–Korea Emerging Leaders Research Exchange Program is to increase Australia’s capacity to engage with Korea and Korea’s ability to engage with Australia, across bilateral, regional and global priorities.

In August 2014, the tailored program saw six leading Korean scientists visit Australia. The scientists developed personal and institutional links in areas the two countries have in common, including healthy ageing and wellbeing, information and communications technology in a digital economy, and environmental sustainability.

The program’s partners—The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NKF)—are both represented on the panel of experts that selects the scientists who participate in the exchanges. The panel includes eminent researchers and engineers.

Mr Bill Mackey, Deputy CEO, ATSE, says the six scientists from Korea had a packed schedule designed to take full advantage of their time in Australia. The same will apply to the Australians who will visit Korea in May.

‘The two countries have so much to learn from one another and we want to create new and sustainable linkages as well as maximise the long-standing links already established in science and other institutions,’ says Mackey. ‘The idea is to tap into each other’s strengths. For example, it’s well known that Korea excels at commercialising its technologies. Australia wants to learn more about this.’

The visiting researchers from Korea attended an orientation session at the beginning and a debrief session at the end of their time here. They met key stakeholders, to discuss existing science and technology relationships, and how to continue newly developed collaborations. In between, they undertook tailored visits to meet with senior and leading researchers in their fields at relevant institutions across Australia.

All up the Koreans met with 96 experts and students during their visit.

From 11-22 May 2015, Australian scientists travelled to various Korean cities, visiting several leading research institutes and companies and meeting senior researchers and experts. The visit program progressed individual and institutional linkages.

The NRF is busy organising individual programs for each Australian researcher to ensure they have the opportunity to attend face-to-face meetings with counterparts, attend seminars with experts in various fields, and participate in lab tours to explore research and industry linkages. The Australians will also meet key stakeholders from government and research organisations on the research and development Korea is undertaking on a large scale.

The NRF will also organise all logistics so visiting researchers are free to focus on building and sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Invitations to apply for the exchange program are extensively publicised, including through the NRF, Australian Embassy in Seoul and Embassy of the Republic of Korea to attract the best quality applicants. Each institution invited is asked to nominate their best three researchers.

Mackey says the benefits of the Australia–Korea Emerging Leaders Research Exchange Program do not stop once researchers return to their respective home countries.

‘We’re looking for long-term relationships and collaborative activities that will follow on from the exchanges,’ says Mackey, ‘including through joint publications, joint research projects, return visits and even data exchange and commercialisation of research.’

The Australia–Korea Emerging Leaders Research Exchange Program is supported by grant funding from the Australia–Korea Foundation, which aims to:

  • increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship.
  • develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context.
  • increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.

Given the excellent outcomes arising from the two rounds of AKELREP (Korean mid-career researchers to Australia in August 2014 and Australian mid-career researchers to Korea in May 2015), the National Research Foundation of Korea has invited ATSE to increased the number of participants from 6 to 10 per exchange round.


Orientation Session with the six Korean researchers, ATSE Fellows, representatives from the National Research Foundation, the Australian Government, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Australian research institutes (Photo: ATSE).
Orientation Session with the six Korean researchers, ATSE Fellows, representatives from the National Research Foundation, the Australian Government, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Australian research institutes (Photo: ATSE).
Mr Park Kil Su, Division Director, Center for International Affairs, National Research Foundation, with Korean researchers at Parliament House, Canberra (Photo: ATSE).
Mr Park Kil Su, Division Director, Center for International Affairs, National Research Foundation, with Korean researchers at Parliament House, Canberra (Photo: ATSE).
Debrief Session in Melbourne with the Korean researchers, the Consul General of Korea, ATSE Fellows and the National Research Foundation (Photo: ATSE).
Debrief Session in Melbourne with the Korean researchers, the Consul General of Korea, ATSE Fellows and the National Research Foundation (Photo: ATSE).

Life-changing interning in Seoul

Want to give young Australians a taste of working life in a large multi-national company? Send them to Seoul.

Clinton Phosavanh and Derry Doyle were two of eight young students to travel to Seoul early in 2015 and spend seven weeks as interns in large multi-national companies in this busy Asian hub. They were amazed by what they learned through the 27th Australia–Korea Internship Program, funded by the Australia Korea Foundation and managed by the International Leaders’ Program, University of Sydney.

“I wanted to see first-hand what Korea had to offer—its culture, politics and economy—and I wanted to learn about Korea’s workplace culture within a multi-national environment,” says Clinton, who recently returned to Adelaide from his internship.

“I was amazed by Korea’s technology, particularly its broadband speeds, and was intrigued by the country’s approach to process, which is so different from how we approach things in Australia.

“My trip was fantastic and I gained an insight into a country and culture I had known so little about. South Korea needs to be talked about more in Australia, especially given the importance of relations between our two countries,” Clinton said.

Derry Doyle, from Western Australia, described his seven weeks as “life-changing”.

“And ‘life changing’ only scrapes the surface,” says Derry. “During my last weeks in Korea I started to brainstorm ideas on how to come back and live and work in Seoul for an extended period. There’s so much happening here and Australians seem to know so little about it. We’re missing out on so much.”

Clinton and Derry both spoke of their internships as having been an incredible opportunity to gain invaluable international experience, develop a  knowledge of Korean culture, language and business practices, and develop long-term relationships with peers and Korean businesses, government and community leaders—all important steps for global citizens of the future.

Experience Clinton’s and Derry’s journeys through their blogs of their time in Korea. Clinton’s can be found at , and Derry’s at   

Further information: Australia Korea Internship Program (AKIP) - the University of Sydney

Sampling delicious Korean food (fried chicken with beer!) after work (Photo: Shirley Xu)
Experiencing Korean elegance through wearing traditional hanbok clothing (Photo courtesy: Clinton Phosavanh)
Exploring Korea’s heritage (Photo: Clinton Phosavanh)
Learning Korean language at Seoul National University (Photo: Shirley Xu)
Following Sydney briefings, bags are packed, ready to go (Photo: University of Sydney)
With Australian diplomats at the Embassy in Seoul (Photo: Clinton Phosavanh)

Export Council of Australia survey - Australian service providers in Korea

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) has launched a survey for Australian service providers to gauge their experience in South Korea, perceptions of the services space and the benefits of KAFTA.  Australian-registered service providers are invited to participate in this survey, whether or not currently engaged in South Korea.

The ECA, with support from the Australia-Korea Foundation and Austrade, will produce a report and guide for Australian service providers to be launched later in the year. The ECA believes Korea offers a wealth of untapped opportunity for Australian business.

“Because of KAFTA, Australian businesses can now enjoy market access on par with the best access granted to any of Korea’s trading partners,“ says Lisa McAuley, ECA Chief Executive Officer.

“Australian financial service providers can now do business in Korea without establishing a full commercial presence, allowing them to take advantage of the country’s investment-hungry ageing population.

“KAFTA introduces a number of firsts - it allows Australian accountants to provide Australian and international consulting services in Korea for the first time, and it also allows Australian legal service providers to establish offices, hire local lawyers and eventually enter into joint ventures.

“South Korea boasts one of the highest broadband and mobile penetration rates in the world and is a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics. This presents significant opportunity for Australian digital and mobile content providers,” Ms McAuley says. Look for the report and accompanying mobile app from July 2015.

Further information

Colder than a Korean winter: Joint Antarctica Research in summer

While Antarctica remains one of the “cleanest” places in the world, increasingly large amounts of natural and man-made atmospheric pollutants are finding their way to the frozen continent via a number of pathways; some direct, others more convoluted. For more than a year now, researchers from the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation have been collaborating to identify the source regions of pollution making its way to King George Island on the fringe of Antarctic territory (62°S), as well as determining the fate and impact of this pollution when it arrives. The main investigative “tool” at the disposal of these researchers to track the pollution to its source regions is the naturally-occurring radioactive gas radon (222Rn). Radon is emitted continuously from all soils and rock (i.e. land surfaces), with almost none coming out of the ocean. Due to its short radioactive “half-life” of 3.8 days, radon levels decay away almost completely within 20 days after emission. So, by simply measuring the radon concentration of air arriving at Antarctica, researchers are able to deduce much about the degree of land contact it has had over the past 2-3 weeks, and therefore the pollution sources to which it may have been exposed.

In the summer of 2016, researchers Dr Sangbum Hong and Dr Scott Chambers – with support from the Australia Korea Foundation – will install a second radon detector at the newly-established Korean Antarctic base at Jang Bogo Station. Together with a comprehensive suite of aerosol and trace gas monitoring equipment already operating at Jang Bogo, these new radon measurements will be used to gain a better understanding of pollution pathways to the Antarctic heartland (75°S), more than 3000 km from the nearest continent.

researchers on a boat with ice in the background
Homeward bound – researchers returning after a successful summer: Around 50 people were at King Sejong over the “summer” (November-February), but only 18 staff remain on site for the “winter” months (March-October). This was the first of three zodiac boats transferring researchers and luggage to Frei Airport at the Russian Antarctic Base Bellingshausen in late February. From Frei they are air-lifted to Punta Arenas, Chile. Photographer Dr Chambers.
Flags of collaborating researchers flying in front of the King Sejong Station control centre
Flags of collaborating researchers flying in front of the King Sejong Station control centre: The plaque under the flagpole refers to this building as the “control centre”. It is the largest building of King Sejong Station, containing the common room, mess hall, radio room, library, doctor’s surgery, showers and wintering-staff quarters. The bust in the photo is of a station chief who died in a zodiac incident during bad weather about 10 years ago. Photographer Dr Chambers.
View of the King Sejong Station, Antarctic Peninsula
King Sejong Station, Antarctic Peninsula – a skua’s eye view: After the penguins, the skua is probably the most common bird found around the station. Photographer Dr Hong.

New AKF Chair during Australia Day in Seoul

Australia Day in Seoul presentation

Formal toast at Australia Day 2015, Seoul. From left: Dr Kho Mi-hyun, opera singer, Mr Peter Coleman, AKF Chair, HE Mr Bill Paterson, Australian Ambassador, HE Dr Hwang Woo-yua, Deputy Prime Minister of Korea, Ms Dami Im, Australian singer, Mr Sam Hamington, Goodwill Ambassador and MC. (Photo: Australian Embassy)

Australian Ambassador to Korea, HE Mr Bill Paterson, and AKF Chair, Mr Peter Coleman, with Mr Sam Hammington and Mr Myoung-Kyun Kim (Senior Vice President, POSCO) together with AKF-sponsored media and business interns at the 2015 Australia Day reception in Seoul.

AKF group shot from Australia Day

Back row, from the left: Mr Michael Varnay (interning at Hyundai Corporation), Mr Clinton Phosavanh (Posco), Mr Derry Doyle (Korea Resources Corporation), Mr Sam Hammington (Master of Ceremony; Goodwill Ambassador), Mr Bill Patterson (Australian Ambassador to Korea), Mr Peter Coleman (Chair, AKF), Mr Elliot Brennan (Korea Herald), Ms Hyo-Jin Lee (Director, AKF Seoul), Mr Hugo Bae (Senior Manager, International Affairs, POSCO), Mr Myoung-Kyun Kim (Korea-Australia Foundation Secretary General and Senior Vice President, POSCO).

Front row, from the left: Ms Jeyi Kim (Hyundai; host), Ms Joanna Holland (Korea Resources Corporation), Ms Joanna Chen (TBS E FM) Ms Lucinda Campbell (Hyundai), Ms Luisa Cools (POSCO), Mr James Oughton (POSCO Research Institute, POSRI), Ms Soyoung Kim (Hyundai mentor), Mr Stuart McKenzie (POSRI).

The Demilitarized Zone, K-Pop in the studio and Korean happy education policy: Australian Journalists in Korea

Congratulations to the Walkley Foundation for Journalism and Korea’s National Press Foundation on creating another fascinating opportunity for Australian journalists to investigate contemporary Korea, supported by the Australia-Korea Foundation. Participants were Andrew Tillett, federal political reporter for The West Australian, Lucy McNally, bi-media reporter for ABC News, and Patrick Witton, contributing editor of The Big Issue Australia. They were accompanied by Walkley Foundation National Media Section board member, Peter Ryan, a business editor for ABC.

During this exchange visit, the journalists visited Seoul, the Demilitarised Zone and Jeju Island, met with the Australian Ambassador, Korean foreign affairs and education officials, business leaders, a Korean sociologist, had lunch with students, attended a K Pop studio performance, visited NAVER (Korea’s dominant web portal), and explored vibrant and energetic Seoul. Stories from the visit can be found through the links below.

Through providing opportunities each year for Australian journalists to develop deeper understanding of Korean politics, business and culture, this program aims to encourage better media coverage of Korea in Australia (and vice-versa), to stimulate discussion and to raise Australians’ awareness about Korean culture, media and business. It is an active program encouraging informed reporting and building lasting relationships between our nations.


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Korean village Gangjeong split over naval base plans on Jeju Island, Peter Ryan

South Korea struggling to pass Australia free trade bills before G20, Peter Ryan

South Korea launches happy education policy to shorten study hours, Lucy McNally

The West Australian

South, North Korea standoff in the military zone

Wired for communication, tied to Australia

Education drives growth

Samsung success a reflection of South Korea

In search of understanding of South Korea

Past and future on South Korea’s Jeju Island

Meeting with the Korean Food Foundation. Photographer Patrick Witton
Talking with great guide Haejoo Kang from Korea Press Foundation. Photographer Patrick Witton
Talking with great guide Haejoo Kang from Korea Press Foundation. Photographer Patrick Witton
At the Demilitarized Zone. Photographer Patrick Witton
At the Demilitarized Zone. Photographer Patrick Witton


Return of Spring

Australian Art Orchestra featuring Bae II Dong

The opportunities that exist in Australia for dialogues with Asian cultures are among the most exciting prospects for Australian musicians. Improvised practice, which is at the core of the Australian Art Orchestra, is an ideal platform for facilitating these dialogues. The orchestra’s 2014 residency program brings AAO musicians together with improvisers from around Cairns, from elsewhere in Australia and from Korea for an intensive 10-day period.

The 2014 program is centred around the Australian Art Orchestra’s world premiere performance of the 'Return of Spring'. This work is the culmination of a long partnership between Korean p'ansori singer Bae Il Dong and Australian drummer, Simon Barker. P'ansori is a traditional form of Korean street opera. Residency students have been working with Simon Barker, Bae Il Dong (Korea), Scott Tinkler, Chris Hale and Peter Knight to develop ideas around improvisation and collaboration. The workshops have featured a series of small performances and prepare for the final concert at The Tanks. This concert is part of the Jazz Up North Series.

Date: 26 September 2014
Time: Doors 6:30pm, Performance 7:30pm
Venue: Tank 5, Tanks Arts Centre
Websites: Tanks Arts Centre, Australian Art Orchestra

Bae Il Dong, P'ansori singer

KWAVE Festival 2014

KWAVE Festival 2014 logo

The Australia-Korea Foundation is pleased to support KWAVE Festival 2014 bringing Korea's contemporary food, culture and entertainment to Melbourne's Federation Square, from 12-8pm, on Saturday 6 September. It will be a FREE, non-ticketed event for all to enjoy.

Tantalise your taste buds with delicious Korean dishes from some of the best Korean restaurants in Melbourne. Enjoy your food while watching live entertainment. The main stage will feature performances from home grown talent covering songs and dances from popular Korean artists. Admire the vibrant colours of the traditional Hanbok attire and prepare to be charmed by our renowned special guest, Eric Nam with his excitable sassy personality.

More: KWAVE Festival 2014 websiteor #KWAVE14 on Twitter.

Internships in Korea, January-March 2015

The Australia Korea Internship Program (AKIP), funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation, offers an exceptional opportunity for ten undergraduate and postgraduate business students across Australia to experience a cultural exchange while pursuing a short career placement in the Republic of Korea.

Through a seven week internship (January - March 2015) within companies in Seoul, students will have the rare opportunity to develop their professional and cross-cultural skills in Korea. Through homestay accommodation, work placements and weekly Korean language lessons, interns will experience traditional family life, observe Korean business ethics and practices, and learn basic Korean.

AKIP is managed by the International Leaders Program of the University of Sydney in collaboration with the Korea-Australia Foundation in Seoul.

Korea Film Festival – Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide!

It's started! If you're quick, you may still get to films in Sydney and Canberra. Those in other cities, select the films you want to see and get ready for something… Spicy!

The Australia-Korea Foundation is proud to support the Korean Cultural Office showcase for Australian audiences the very best and latest from Hallyuwood - from ground-breaking blockbusters to heart-warming romantic comedies.

Featuring a complement of 20 features and a Short Film Competition, the festival will see 80 screenings across Australia, with new expansion into Canberra, Perth and Adelaide. With almost 10,000 people attending the festival to date, figures are expected to double in 2014. All films screen with English subtitles.

The program - available on the Korean Film Festival in Australia website - includes films suitable for all ages and interests.

  • Sydney August 13-21
  • Canberra August 13-14
  • Brisbane August 27-September 2
  • Perth September 3-6
  • Melbourne September 9-16
  • Adelaide September 23-26

Face to face: virtual classrooms crossing boundaries

Imagine if your teacher had just returned from Korea, with photographs and stories, inspired to engage with Korea and explore opportunities to learn Korean concurrently with the class. Even better, your school hosts a teacher from Korea for a week and continues this relationship online collaborating on projects with a partner school in Korea, exploring Korean culture and investigating Korean language. Connecting with Korea provides your school with the opportunity to build interest and address students' fascination with K-Pop, Gangnam-style dance and Taekwondo.

Eight Australian schools are about to experience this intensive program, organised by the Asia Education Foundation's BRIDGE program with funding from the Australia-Korea Foundation. This will take the total number of Australia-Korea BRIDGE school partnerships to 32.

Each of the participating schools has nominated one teacher to lead their involvement and participate in two professional learning programmes. These include:

  • Korean teachers visit Australia from 6-16 August to undertake three-days of professional learning around intercultural understanding, use of ICT to support classroom connections and building strong school partnerships; and a seven-day school visit and home stay.
  • Australia teachers will visit South Korea from 24 September to 4 October. A three-day professional learning programme will cover developing collaborative activities, consolidating the use of different technologies for classroom engagement and strengthening understanding of each other’s educational context (school management, curriculum, education system). This will be followed by a seven-day school visit and home stay.

Further information on the BRIDGE Project or to see the project in action in schools

Group of students and their teaching waving at their computer
Wooranna Park Primary School students greeting online fellow students from Kangnae Elementary School, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea. Photographer credit: Asia Education Foundation

Participating schools 2014

Korean School Location Australian School Location
Guhag Elementary School Busan Thirroul Public School Thirroul, NSW
Hakjang Elementary School Busan Blayney Public School Blayney, NSW
Dong Sung Elementary School Busan Ringwood North Primary School Ringwood North, Vic
Naeri Elementary School Busan Lindfield East Public School East Lindfield, NSW
Kumma Elementary School Iksan Laurimar Primary School Doreen, Vic
Sunsim Middle School Chilgok gun (Gyeongsang Province) John Paul College Daisy Hill, Qld
Dong Incheon High School Incheon Kirwan State High School Townsville, Qld
Ansan Gangseo High School Ansan Melbourne Girls Grammar School Melbourne, Vic

Augmented reality to tell stories of Australia-Korea friendships

Chargé d´affaires Brendan Berne hosted a function on 2 July to launch the 'Korea-Australia Friendship Tree', an on-line project aimed at collating personal stories of friendship between Australians and Koreans. Mr Matt Jones, Executive Director of Social Alchemy, based in Sydney, received an Australia-Korea Foundation grant to apply Augmented Reality technology to this project.

It is hoped that 125 stories will be gathered to mark the 125 years of friendship since the first Australian came to Korea. More details can be found at

View a message from Sam Hammington, Goodwill Ambassador for Australia, in support of the 'Korea-Australia Friendship Tree'.

Anna Tregloan delves into Korean Ghost Stories

Anna Tregloan undertakes an Asialink residency at Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Goyang.

“Over several projects I have been investigating the idea of “multiplicity in truth” or the Rashomon Effect. Previously I have focused on ideas as fluid as perceptions of time and as concrete as solving a crime. For this project I am investigating the idea that while ghosts may or may not be factual, in the right circumstance the imagination can elicit a physiological response that does not distinguish fact from fiction.

“Using text - as disparate as Henry James Turn of the Screw and a manual on how to hold séance - along with recordings of graveyards, workshops and interviews, the work will use low end technology to reference early spirit photography and an era where as a society we were not a skeptical as perhaps we now are.

“Reflecting the fact that ghosts are a cultural universal (appearing in all cultures original, primitive and modern), this piece is part of a larger suite of research and presentation and will be filmed on site at Goyang Art Studios and combine found objects, projection in an installation format.”

The 2014 MMCA Residency Goyang International Exchange Program Exhibition opens at 4pm, Friday 11th July.

Black and white artwork
Study for "Sufficiently Breathless, Part 2". 2014. Digital Photograph. Black and white. Photo: Anna Tregloan.
Children in a park with the words 'FIRST DAY OF THE NEW LIFE' shaped in the lawn
Installation by Kyuchul Ahn at Nam June Paik Art Centre. Photo: Anna Tregloan.
Plates of food on a table
Lunch on excursion with exchange artists from Goyang and Changdong Studios. Photo: Anna Tregloan.
People walking on a dirt path around a square garden
The extraordinary grounds of Hoam Art Museum. Photo: Anna Tregloan.

Episodes: Australian Photography Now

13th Dong Gang International Photo Festival
Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Korea

18 July – 21 September 2014

Episodes: Australian Photography Now is a landmark exhibition of contemporary Australian photography at Korea's premier photography museum, the Dong Gang Museum of Photography.

Episodes: Australian Photography Now brings together the work of 12 Australian photographers around the notion of psychological, soap opera and serial episodes. Importantly, a high proportion of the artists are Aboriginal thereby reflecting the potency and politics of contemporary indigenous photography.

Whether Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser's scenes of family members acting out or Christian Thompson veiling his face in colonial accoutrements, each artist works with the episodic in evocative ways.

Polly Borland shrouds her subjects including musician Nick Cave in lycra attire and Trent Parke waited on a street corner in Adelaide for three weeks to capture the unpredictability of the passerby.

Polixeni Papapetrou dresses her son in a shredded warfare costume posed in Australian landscapes; Tracey Moffatt depicts a quintessential Queensland home with a silhouetted character ominously looming in the foreground as part of an incomplete narrative.

Patrick Pound assiduously gathers found photographs recreated into clustered scenarios and William Yang returns us to the self, his Chinese and gay community to elicit a sense of place and belonging.

Martin Smith overlays poetic texts and Paul Knight splices the photographic plane with intimate images of couples embracing. Together, these artists flex the camera's hold on the episodic.전시회샘플2/

Destiny Deacon Cousins 2011
Destiny Deacon Cousins 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Christian Thompson, Desert Melon, 2012
Christian Thompson, Desert melon, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.

Building stronger

Building materials are going from strength to strength – literally. Researchers from South Korea and Australia are working together to use fibre composites to create building materials that are stronger, lighter and more resilient to environmental conditions than existing materials.

During an international conference organised by Dr Allan Manalo of the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba earlier this year, the South Koreans – with support from the Australia Korea Foundation – presented research, development and applications of fibre composites in civil infrastructure in Korea to an audience of 70 specialists from institutions and industries from Australia, Korea and China.

Two of the researchers – Professor Song Woo Lee and Associate Professor Kee-Jeung Hong – were from Kookmin University, Dr Ki-Tae Part was from the Korea Institute of Construction Technology and Dr Sinzeon Park was from Kookmin Composite Infrastructure, Korea.

The conference highlighted an international effort to find better and stronger materials for civil infrastructure which includes things like bridges, roads and water and power systems that are essential to our lives.

The Australian and South Korean researchers have agreed to exchange knowledge and ideas about fibre composites that will hopefully lead to more research and practical applications.

Fiber Composite Windmill
South Korean researchers inspecting the fibre composite windmill at USQ (Photo: Md. Hizam Shah, USQ).

A man of metal

For nearly twenty years, Kenny Son has straddled two cultures. The talented designer was born in South Korea but migrated to Sydney in 1996. He is fluent in English and Korean and is equally at home in either nation. He has an abiding love of art, craft and design which he carries with him in these quite different settings.

"Ever since I can remember, the subjects of art, craft and design have always been areas of interest, hope and fascination," he says. They are the stimulus for my thoughts and an alternative expression for my words."

With an Honours Degree specialising in Jewellery and Object Design and the best part of a Masters in Design behind him, Kenny is now preparing for an exhibition of his work. His metalcraft skills have been honed during a six month mentorship with master craftsman Cho-Sung-joon in Korea with support from the Australia-Korea Foundation.

"The purpose of the mentorship was to understand, practice and master traditional Korean metalworking skills and techniques. I wanted to return to Australia with an invaluable knowledge and training of traditional Korean metalcraft, sharing this through the means of an exhibition and a range of workshops."

The resulting exhibition by Master Cho and Kenny Son, Conveying Korean Metalcraft, will be held at Studio 21-17, Waterloo, from 14th – 28th June, with an opening reception to be held from 4pm till 6pm Saturday 14th June.

Workshops for practitioners with metalwork experience-knowledge will be held from mid-June to early July, at the JamFactory Adelaide, JMGA Perth and Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney.

Kenny's blog provides a photographic record of his time in Seoul

Metal Workshop Image
Workshop Image (Image by Youmee Jeon)
Ibsa Container by Kenny (Yong-soo) Son
Ibsa Container by Kenny (Yong-soo) Son (Image by Youmee Jeon)
Hair-parting Ornament by Sung-joon Cho
Hair-parting Ornament by Sung-joon Cho (Image credit: Sung-joon Cho)
Kenny Son at work
Kenny Son at work (Image by Youmee Jeon)

Seoul through the eyes of interns

Kate Bolster and Robert North, University of Sydney, provide intriguing short videos on life as AKF Fellows undertaking media internships in Seoul.

Jinny Lee, AKF Director, Seoul with Robert and Kate.
Jinny Lee, AKF Director, Seoul with Robert and Kate. Photo: Jinny Lee
Korean festival, subject of a field report by Robert.
Korean festival, subject of a field report by Robert. Photo: Robert North
Travel article, one of the seven stories by Kate published during her internship.
Travel article, one of the seven stories by Kate published during her internship. Photo: Kate Bolster
Robert in the TBS eFM studio.
Robert in the TBS eFM studio. Photo: Robert North

Architectural Urbanism: Seoul/Melbourne

14-23 May 2014
RMIT Design Hub
Project rooms 1 and 2

When it comes to designing sustainable towns and cities, international collaboration makes sense. We all face common problems and it could just be that someone else has already thought of an answer to another's problem.

This is why architects and designers from the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul are meeting with architects from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University at a symposium in Melbourne in May 2014.

The architects will share their ideas on how to create urban areas in the Asia Pacific region that work with and not against the environment and are culturally acceptable to the people who will live there.

In addition to the symposium there will be an exhibition showing work from five architectural practices in Seoul connected to the Korean National University of Arts and five in Melbourne connected with RMIT University.

The symposium and exhibition make up the second stage of a cross-cultural, bilateral exhibition of award-winning architects from Seoul, and Melbourne, supported by the Australia Korean Foundation.

The aim is to start an ongoing institutional exchange between RMIT and KNUA and between the participating and invited architectural professionals.

The symposium and exhibition are curated by Professor Sand Helsel and Lecturer Anna Johnson from RMIT School of Architecture & Design.

image from of the exhibition
Architectural Urbanism: Seoul/Melbourne Exhibition. (Photo: Tobias Titz)”  
image from of the exhibition
Architectural Urbanism: Seoul/Melbourne Exhibition. (Photo: Tobias Titz)”  

The Buzz around the Hives: Korean festival programmers seeking Australian artists

Fire Sculpture by Martin Murray in the Parade

Fire Sculpture by Martin Murray in the Parade - photographer Tony Virgo

Festival programmers would appear to have the dream job – they travel the world to spot new talent for their events. But what happens when there is so much talent in the one place, it’s hard to find exactly what they are after?

Three South Korean festival programmers and presenters, supported by the Australia Korea Foundation to attend the 2014 Adelaide Fringe, found their answer through the Honey Pot Program. The program puts Fringe performers (the “honey”) and festival programmers (the “bees”) in touch with each other, by tailoring schedules to match interests and creating connections that may lead to presentation and collaboration outcomes for Adelaide Fringe artists over the long term.

With Adelaide Fringe the largest arts event in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing more than 4,000 artists from around Australia and the world to the city, Honey Pot is a unique and essential service provided by the festival.

The three leading South Korean programmers – Mr Kyu Choi from AsiaNow Productions, Mr Je Seung Lee from HanPAC/SPAF and Mr Chul-Lee Kim from Suwon Hwaseong Arts Festival –were able to make connections with Australian artists. As a result, a number of Adelaide Fringe works have been invited to South Korean venues and festivals in 2014 and beyond.

With further support from the Australia Korea Foundation, Greg Clarke, Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO, visited the 2013 Gwacheon Festival then moved on to Seoul to attend the Hi Seoul Festival, Seoul Performing Arts Festival and the Goyang Lake Park Arts Festival. As a result, Greg was able to gain an invaluable understanding of the artistic landscape of the region and build new and deepen existing relationships.

Further information:

 public talking to artists at festival
Kyu Choi with artists at Honey Pot Hive - photographer Trentino Priori
performer hanging from a bar in Rundle Mall, with crowd watching
Cirque No Problem in the Street Theatre Festival - photographer Trentino Priori


지하 Underground is a performance supported by the Australian producing agency Motherboard Productions. Transported to the back alleys of Seoul,지하 Underground audiences find themselves in an underground Korean speakeasy or bar in the company of a ragtag crew of musicians and theatrical storytellers. Guests can drink the night away as 사장님 Sajungnim – the venue's eccentric proprietor – tells a tale of love transcending culture, language and gender.

지하 Underground was written by Jeremy Neideck and Nathan Stoneham. It is a collaboration between respected Korean artists Park Younghee, Tak Hoyoung and Lee Chunnam and performers from Brisbane and Sydney.

"Seoul is a very special place for me and for our team, and 지하 Underground is a collage of our experiences, travelling back and forth between Korea and Australia – falling in love and making mistakes along the way," says Neideck.

After sell-out, critically acclaimed seasons in 2011 (Metro Arts) and 2012 (Brisbane Festival), both supported by funding through the Australia Korea Foundation, 지하 Underground recently returned to the Brisbane Powerhouse for the World Theatre Festival and the Australian Performing Arts Market in February 2014. The work has been nominated for several Matilda awards and won the Green Room Groundling award for Best New Musical (2012).

"Creative partnerships with Asia are becoming increasingly relevant in Australia as we move towards a more inclusive and diverse society, and it's great to be at the forefront of that conversation," says Neideck.

man playing accordian while singing with a woman
Jeremy Neideck and Younghee Park. Photo: FenLan Chuang

Polyglot returns to Seoul

The word 'polyglot' means to know or speak many languages. It's no wonder then that the Melbourne-based theatre company Polyglot Theatre delights in staging its interactive productions for children in different parts of the world. Korea is no exception and with assistance from the Australia Korea Foundation, Polyglot will return to South Korea in 2014, ready to enthrall hundreds of children with two productions Paper Planet and Tangle.

In Polyglot productions, children are given ordinary things such as elastic, cardboard or paper and make them into something extraordinary on a gigantic scale. With Paper Planet, Polyglot will use a public space to build a forest of trees made from cardboard. It will then invite children and their families to bring the forest alive by making creatures and objects out of cardboard and paper.

Tangle invites children to use elastic or streamers to make a giant maze which they can design in any way they choose.

Paper Planet will be a highlight in the city of Daejeon during National Children's Day while Tangle will feature at one of Korea's most popular outdoor festivals – the Ansan Street Arts Festival in Ansan near Seoul.

"This Festival attracts up to 30,000 people per day who will have the opportunity to play in the Tangle giant elastic maze," says Polyglot's Executive Producer Tamara Harrison. "Tangle is one of Polyglot's most successful export touring works having performed in Singapore, New York and Seoul. Children and their adults construct a giant elastic maze with giant colored balls of elastic. Over two days the maze will become more and more dense as audiences participate in this communal activity, that creates both a fun interactive play space and a beautiful piece of public artwork.

"Hundreds of kids and their adults can experience these installations over a day. Paper Planet promotes a collective experience – both the Australian and Korean artists work in real time with the Korean audiences to make this Paper Planet into a dense, multilayered, enchanting 'world'. Tangle requires a similar collective effort to construct the play space and exist in it side by side."

Polyglot's tour in May will further build on cultural exchanges established during previous visits to the country and children will see Australian and Korean artists working side by side. "This will continue Polyglot's relationships with some Korean artists but also introduce us to new colleagues." says Tamara. "This further development with the artistic networks between Australia and Korea supports the possibilities of future collaborations between the two companies."

People looking at and interacting with the Tanle exhibition
Tangle, Photo by Wendy Kimpton
Child participating in paper planet exhibition
Paper Planet, Photo by Martin-Reddy

Asia's largest sporting event: the AFC Asian Cup

In January 2015, Australia will host Asia's largest sporting event, the AFC Asian Cup. With an expected 500 million people across Asia watching the tournament on television, the event provides a great opportunity to build relationships between Australia and Korea. The Local Organising Committee is hosting a range of activities over the next 12 months with the support of the Australia-Korea Foundation to raise awareness of Korea and Korean football in Australia and vice-versa.

On Wednesday February 26, a range of Korean-themed activities were held at the Asian Champions League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Korean club Ulsan Hyundai. Outside Parramatta Stadium fans were entertained by Korean music and dancers, while performances by X-Factor winner and Korea-born singer Dami Im as well as Korean-Australian K-pop star Teddy Kim gave the crowd inside the stadium a taste of Korean culture. A business function for business leaders operating between Australia and Korea also took place.

Further activities will take place in March, commencing with Korean cultural performances at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne during the Asian Champions League match between Melbourne Victory and Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai on March 12.

Lady on stage singing in front of crowd
Dami Im singing the national anthems
Football players applaud fans in stadium as they wave flags
Fans at Parramatta Stadium
Man smiling, standing next to Asian Cup trophy
Asian Cup and James Casey, AKF Board Member

Pixel Mountain—6 mins performance video

from Stalker Theatre and Marrugeku

Pixel Mountain is a new physical theatre work created in collaboration with Korean artists for presentation at the Gwacheon Festival and Hi Seoul in Korea in September-October 2013. It is a 30-minute outdoor aerial and interactive projection work performed on one of Gwacheon's iconic buildings and on the Seoul Museum of Art. Aerialists dance on the side of walls while real-time interactive projections respond to the dancers' every move.

The work brings together Stalker Theatre's trademark physical theatre style with cutting edge new technology to create a fully immersive and interactive performance. It uses interactive 3D image and audio technologies to dynamically revision public spaces in real time through synthesising live performance, immersive interactive image projection and audio scapes.

Pixel Mountain was commissioned by the Gwacheon Festival and the Hi Seoul Festival, and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation and the Australia International Cultural Council, both part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Watch Pixel Mountain performance video


LANDSEASKY: Revisiting spatiality in video art

MAAP is proud to announce the first configuration of it's latest international touring exhibition 'LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video' presented in Seoul from the 21 February – 23 March 2014.

This group of challenging video installations includes works by fifteen international artists and scheduled to be presented in Korea, China and Australia. The first exhibition of LANDSEASKY occurs across an array of venues in Seoul, South Korea in partnership with Artsonje Center, Lee Hwaik Gallery, ONE AND J Gallery, Opsis Art, Gallery IHN, and Gallery Skape.

LANDSEASKY poster on external wall of building

Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) 2013

The Australia-Korea Internship Program (AKIP) is a competitive business internship program for eight high-achieving Australian senior undergraduate university students from across Australia. AKIP recruits students who are interested in pursuing Korea-related business careers while enhancing mutual understanding and knowledge of Australia-Korea relations. The seven week full-time internship program offers students an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and cross-cultural skills through on the job experience within businesses and multi-national organizations in the Republic of Korea (ROK). The aim of AKIP is to complement Australian undergraduate studies with a Korea-related major, and provide students with important insights into international business practices and develop cross-cultural communication skills while promoting people-to-people exchange links between Australia and Korea.

In 2013, a total of 8 interns participated in the program from universities across Australia (Queensland University of Technology, University of New South Wales, Deakin University, University of Sydney, Monash University and University of Western Australia) and travelled to Korea over January and February 2013. Recent placements have been with POSCO, POSRI, Hyundai Heavy Industry, Hyundai Corporation and Daewoo International. Also, through homestay and weekly Korean language and culture workshops, the students were able to gain invaluable experience on both professional and personal levels.

AKIP is a biannual program with the next placements scheduled for January-February 2015.

Further details of AKIP 2015 and application procedures will be announced on the website around September 2014.

AKIP interns standing in a row in front of a large cylindrical fish tank
AKIP 2013 Interns in Seoul
AKIP interns sitting cross legged in costume wiht teapots in front of them
AKIP 2013 Interns enjoying a Korean cultural workshop

AKF/University of Sydney Media Interns in Korea 2012-13

The Australia-Korea Foundation and the University of Sydney sent four media interns to Korea during 2012-13. All four interns were students in journalism at the University of Sydney. After completing orientation at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, they then engaged in professional work as journalists for four weeks.

Two of the interns were assigned to the Korea Herald and worked on copy-editing whilst undertaking independent research for what would later become published work. They learnt valuable insights into research techniques, the importance of house style and, most importantly, what makes for an achievable story pitch. In the final two weeks, they were able to get several stories published.

The other two interns completed their internship at TBS Radio. During this time, they were given their own weekly segment where they would discuss their experiences as an Australian in Seoul. Each of these broadcasts involved original research, scripting and the actual producing of segment. During the time at TBS, they produced several segments that were largely focused on cultural topics.

Australian High Commissioner in Malaysia, Mr Miles Kupa meeting with Australian teachers and principals
Interns Hamish Mcdonald and Lucy Watson at the Australian Embassy in Seoul with DHOM Brendan Berne
Australian High Commissioner in Malaysia, Mr Miles Kupa meeting with Australian teachers and principals
Maryann Wright showing off The Korea Herald where she completed her internship
Australian High Commissioner in Malaysia, Mr Miles Kupa meeting with Australian teachers and principals
Lucy Watson during the broadcast of her segment on TBS Radio

World Vision Korea Children's Choir Australia Tour 2012

The tour comprised of 27 students from years 7, 8 & 9 and 6 staff members from Korea. The tour started in Melbourne, continued on to Canberra and was completed in Sydney. The tour was not only about allowing Australians to experience the world famous performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, but also to interact with the local community and local choirs.

The principal aim was to strengthen the music culture exchange between Australia and Korea, and utilizing this common appreciation to enhance the friendship between the two countries. It provided an opportunity for the local Australian community, as well as the expatriate Korean community, to experience performances of the World Vision Korea Children's Choir, which gave insight to the folk and ethnic traditions of Korea.

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World Vision Korea Children's Choir and local Canberra Children's Choir performing in Canberra
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World Vision Korea Children’s Choir performing in Melbourne

Korea-Australia Green Growth International Workshop: Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living 2012

An Australian delegation of 14 senior and mid-career researchers visited Korea to participate in the Green Growth workshop: "Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living", related technical visits to Korean research institutes and a round table meeting organised by the Australian Embassy in Korea on Australia Korea S&T collaboration, with involvement from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF); The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The participants were selected for their expertise in the workshop topic fields and their interest in strengthening the S&T relationship between Australia and Korea.

The activity allowed for Australian and Korean researchers working in parallel S&T areas to meet and discuss their personal research interest and that of their institution and also the broader science and policy situations in both countries. The activity was to act as a platform to develop strategic relationships, allow for Australian and Korean delegates to achieve a greater understanding by comparing approaches and technologies and to explore new collaborative opportunities between the two countries.

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Australian and Korean speakers at the Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Living workshop
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Workshop delegates on Korean site visit

Scholarship Recipients

James Mitchenson: Korea University Graduate School of Law, Masters of Law Program (DALS)

James Mitchenson's travelled to Korea to attend Korea University Graduate School of Law to complete a Masters of Law with a specialty in International Arbitration.

On 21 February 2012 James graduated from Korea University with a Masters of Law. Whilst studying he also worked as an intern at Bae, Kim & Lee in the International Practice Group. James intends to return to Seoul to work in the near future and will continue to expand on his advanced knowledge of the Korean language while working in Australia.

"Due to my great experience I have decided to pursue a career in Seoul as a lawyer working in International Arbitration. I believe I achieved the objectives and aims of the program and will continue to work towards strengthening the ties between Australia and Korea" - James Mitchenson
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James Mitchenson at his graduation from Korea University

Athalia Iwansjah: A Year in Korea, Australian National University and Yonsei University 2012-13

Athalia Iwansjah, a student from the Australian National University (ANU), spent a year (2012-2013) as an exchange student in Seoul at Yonsei University. Her aim in completing her ‘Year in Korea’ was to improve her Korean language skills and gain more awareness of the culture.

The year of study at Yonsei University is a part of the ‘Year in Asia’ program conducted by ANU, consisting of 6 months of intensive Korean Language course and 6 months of mainstream courses taught in Korean.

"By undertaking the Year in Korea, with the help of the AKF Scholarship, I was able to increase my awareness of both the Korean language and my knowledge of Korean society. With this in hand, I am now able to understand Korean culture better, and hope to use this knowledge to promote Australia's relationship with Korea. The AKF Scholarship helped me to complete my goals in Korea, without having the stress of a financial burden. My time as an exchange student has helped me gain in-country experience, of which I hope will assist in a future career in a Korea-related field." - Athalia Irwansjah
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Athalia Irwansjah during her time at Yonsei University in Seoul

George Rose Photographs of 1904 Korea Project

George Rose, an Australian photographer, visited Korea in 1904 and took a number of photographs of everyday life in Korea at that time. These historically-significant images were drawn to the attention of the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF), which gained access to the glass negatives and funded the publication of a collection of the photographs of early 20th Century Korea, together with background information and historical commentary.  Importantly, this work ensures that as many Koreans and Australians as possible would be able to see these treasured moments in time.  The George Rose photographs reveal many aspects of Korea’s recent history that may have been otherwise forgotten. 

George Rose Photographs of Korea

Last Updated: 8 March 2016