Installation view of UK Pavilion, Form + Motion ©

 Image Courtesy of Cheongju Craft Biennale and  British Council

Wednesday 13 September 2017 to Sunday 22 October 2017
Former tobacco processing plant in Cheongju

Since its start in 1999, Cheongju Craft Biennale has expanded into an event that invites 3,000 artists from 60 countries and attracts about 400,000 audiences across the country. As Cheongju Craft Biennale welcomes its 10th anniversary this year, UK/Korea 2017–18  hosts a UK Pavilion, premiering Form + Motion.

The display presents four curated spaces; ten makers selected by Crafts Council UK – with three makers selected by Craft Biennale Scotland – and Linda Brothwell’s latest Tools of South Korea and Hull. In the heart of the Pavilion is the screening room, presenting 44 films selected by Crafts Council for Real to Reel 2017: The Craft Film Festival. Altogether, it explores motion and movement in British contemporary craft practice and allows audiences to see the wide range of the UK’s fine craft culture.

Cheongju Craft Biennale, UK Pavilion

  • Date: 13 September – 22 October 2017
  • Venue: Former tobacco processing plant in Cheongju 
  • Hosted by: Cheongju-si  / Organised by: Cheongju Craft Organising Committee
  • Sponsored by: EAGON Windows & Doors
  • In partnership with Craft Council, Craft Biennale Scotland and Thirteen Ways
  • Participating Artists: Adam Buick, Heike Brachlow, Linda Brothwell, Robert Dawson, Lorna Fraser, David Gates & Helen Carnac, Seb Lester, Geoffrey Mann, Richard McVetis, Hugh Miller, Esna Su, Adi Toch, Heather Woof


Wrap-around activities

1) International Conference “RE: Make”

Industry professionals and interested public audiences are invited to have a look back on 19 years old history of Cheongju Craft Biennale. Hosts and invited speakers will reflect upon its merits and demerits, and discuss the increased future value of craft in social context. Rosy Greenless (Executive Director of the Crafts Council) is also invited to share her insight for the 2nd session.

  • Date and Time: 11.00-15.30, 15 September 2017
  • Venue: ‘Talk Room’ (2nd Floor) at the Former tobacco processing plant

2) UK Culture Day

Traditional British lifestyle, tea culture, and its relation with craft will be examined by watching the film ‘Pride and Prejudice’, together with the film critic Eun Choi.

  • Date: 6 October 2017
  • Venue: ‘Talk Room’ (2nd Floor) at the Former tobacco processing plant
  • Pre-registration is needed.

3) UK Artist Workshop

Esna Su, a participating artist at the UK Pavilion will speak about her environmental-friendly jewel crafts and show making one of her collections ‘The Refugee and the Burde,’ which explores the displacement of Syrian refugees following the war, and uses traditional Syrian techiniques.

  • Date: 14 October 2017
  • Venue: ‘Talk Room’ (2nd Floor) at the Former tobacco processing plant
  • Pre-registration is needed.


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UK/Korea 2017-18