UK-Korea Arts and Culture Conference [ThisABLED] ©

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In the lead up to the upcoming UK/Korea 2017-18, we held the ‘UK-Korea Arts and Culture Conference’ in partnership with Arts Council England, Arts Council Korea and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts (MMCA). From 1 to 3 December, about 400 audiences came and shared the moment where meaningful ideas and practices were exchanged. Take a look at the review below for more details. 

 

What I think it’d be great is, if a group of people move from talking, to making and doing things together so we get some creative practice going. That’s, in my experiences, where ideas come from. - Alice Fox

The British Council believes that new opportunities can be created by endorsing diversity and inclusion. Our programmes around one of the key themes of the Season, ‘Diversity and Inclusion', include the issues such as disability, aging society and gender equality. For disability in particular, the UK has been playing a leading role especially over the last 35 years by creating an environment where disabled artists are represented and can develop their work across sectors. Also, professionals and policy makers in Korea have been putting much effort to support and carry various projects that includes disabled artists too. 

On the 2nd day of the ‘UK-Korea Arts and Culture Conference’,  experts and professionals from arts and disability sectors was invited to present their cases and ideas and later on, discussed further on what could be improved in the future.  

Jo Verrent, Senior Producer of Unlimiated, speaking at the conference ©

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Alice Fox, Deputy Head of Brighton University, speaking at the conference ©

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Conference audiences at MMCA Seoul ©

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Sungbin Jang, a young pansori artist, on stage ©

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Pedro Machado, Co-Artistic Director of Candoco Dance Company, speaking on the stage ©

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We hope that this conference planted the seed for future collaborations and partnerships between disabled and non-disabled artists from the both countries.

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