KAAF Art Prize 2017


27 NOVEMBER 2017 – 25 JANUARY 2018




KAAF Art Prize 2017 Winner Announced!

First Prize

Craig Handley, <The Trappings 2017 >, Oil on Linen, 112 x 122

Second Prize

Peta Hinton, <Seep>, Acrylic on Paper, Mounted on Scroll: Calico, Paper, Wood, 103 x 91

Highly Commended

Tim Allen, <Apsley Gorge>, Ink, Gouache, Pastel and Charcoal on Paper, 95 x 79

Trevor Armitage, <Cabins, Mt Taranaki, NZ>, Oil on Plywood, 33 x 43

The fifth Korea-Australia Arts Foundation(KAAF) Art Prize, organised by the KAAF and sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre Australia(KCC) was awarded on the 24th of November featuring 74 artworks of the finalists from around 370 entries. The exhibition opening and awards ceremony were successfully held at the Korean Cultural Centre Australia.

The KAAF was first established in 2013 and has endeavoured to support multiculturalism in Australia. It seeks to do so by providing opportunities for various cultures to liaise in the form of visual arts. The Korean Cultural Centre has supported the Art Prize in providing the exhibition space, execution and curating of the exhibition. The collaboration that is achieved through Australia and Korea is most important and the Korean Cultural Centre hopes to continue its outpour of support for events along this nature.

Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea

The Korean Cultural Centre Australia (KCC) presents a specially-curated exhibition ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ featuring five Australian artists who have been inspired by Korean art and culture. This exhibition aims to provide an opportunity to introduce the artists’ artworks which were inspired from their own personal experiences of Korea. It also investigates the multifaceted nature if cultural exchange to reveal the meaning of being Korean through the perspectives of non-Koreans. Hence, through the exhibition, the specific intimate connection that exists between interpretations and crossovers of culture is exposed. Developed by the KCC, ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ comprises of about 30 works including painting, fibre, textile and Hanji (Traditional Korean paper) crafts by Yvonne Boag, Jan Coveney, Catherine O’Leary, Marianne Penberthy and Maryanne Wick.

It is impossible to define the culture of a nation into a single word. Particularly, objectively looking into one’s culture to accentuate its appeal is undoubtedly a strenuous task. In a sense, these new form of artworks created by an artist from another culture enables you to understand Korea and Korean culture. Furthermore, it is a rare opportunity to deepen the understanding of another culture.


Yvonne Boag Scottish-born printmaker, painter and sculptor. In 1977 she graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Diploma of Fine Art (Printmaking). She has been a resident in print workshops in Scotland and France as well as being Australia’s first artist-in-residence in Korea.


Jan Coveney She lives in Adelaide, South Australia and has studied the crat under several different Hanji artists in Korea and she has taught Hanji for the last 10 years. As very little is known about this craft outside of Korea, she’s currently writing a book on it in English.


Catherine O’Leary  She lives in Melbourne who works primarily in the Textile Arts. With a formal training in Fine Arts, her portfolio spans thirty years. She is inspired by the simple, clean lines of the Korean aesthetic.


Marianne Penberthy  She is an established West Australian fibre and textile artist based in Geraldton, Western Australia. She studied Art and Design at Durack College Geraldton and Edith Cowan University in Perth where she obtained a BA (Visual Arts) in 1995. In 2014, at the invitation of the Korean Bojagi Forum, she showed new works in a solo exhibition on Jeju Island South Korea, a project funded by the WA Department of Culture & Arts and the City of Greater Geraldton.


Maryanne Wick  She is a lecturer in painting and drawing at the National Art School in Sydney, from where she graduated in 2001 with a BFA (in Painting). The five years spent living and working in North Asia, primarily in South Korea and China, was invaluable to her development as an artist.


Exhibition Information

25 September – 10 November 2017

Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery

Passage to Pusan: The journey bridging the friendship between two families

부산으로 가는 길: 두 가족을 맺어준 특별한 여정

The Korean Cultural Centre Australia presents a specially-curated exhibition ‘Passage to Pusan: The journey bridging the friendship of two families’.

The exhibition ‘Passage to Pusan’ is the creative interpretation by curator and artist, Soyoun Kim based on the book of the same name by Australian journalist Louise Evans. The book tells the story of bereaved Australian mother Thelma Healy who makes an epic 15,000km solo journey to Korea in 1961 to find grave of her soldier son Vincent, who died fighting in the Korean War.

The exhibition transfers Thelma’s travel diary, family photographs and intimate letters onto six installations, revealing Thelma’s pilgrimage and an enduring friendship forged by mutual loss, grief and gratitude with Korean War widow Kim Chang Keun and her family.

Not only bringing the large-scale book installation into the gallery, the exhibition also features specially created ceramic boats showcasing the connection between people, time and place.  The diverse visual layers of the story have been displayed, which allow us to take a deep look into emotional ties like family love, motherhood and friendship.

Providing a glimpse into a family story, this exhibition also introduces past and present Korea and investigates more than 50 year-relationship between Korea and Australia.

This exhibition Passage to Pusan supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Korea Foundation, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Touring Exhibition in Sandgate

19 October – 4 November (Tue-Sun, 10am-4pm)

Sandgate Museum (150 Rainbow St, Sandgate QLD 4017)

(07) 3869 2283

‘Passage to Pusan’ Documentary Screening in Sandgate(TBC)

REMEMBER: Australian and Greek veterans in the Korean war

리멤버: 6·25 참전용사들의 아직 끝나지 않은 이야기

To commemorate Anzac Day, the Korean Cultural Centre Australia presents a specially curated photo exhibition ‘REMEMBER: Australian and Greek Veterans in the Korean war’. Comprising of a diverse range in photographs and documents, this exhibition allows us to remember the valuable sacrifice of both Australian and Greek veterans during the Korean war.

Through the lens of Australian and Greek soldiers, the exhibition depicts the youth that fought vigorously for Korea’s freedom through the most arduous of conditions including the harsh weather extremes which they had not experienced before. Personal stories stemming from the wartime and peacetime along with reflections of the soldiers’ experiences are explored.

Moving further from the involvement of Australia, this exhibition also recognises the efforts of Greece as one of the 21 nations which fought under the UN flag in Korea. Many of the Greek veterans who served in the Korean War currently live in Australia, creating a solid connection between not only Korea and Greece but also Greece and Australia.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity to gain a better understanding between the three communities.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney and the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney.

*Some photos provided by the Christian Review and Australian War Memorial

Exhibition Information: 21 April – 9 June Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm at Korean Cultural Centre Gallery

Heart to Heart: Australia-Korea-Cambodia(A stream of devotion through the lens)

The Korean cultural Centre Australia(KCC) presents the photographic exhibition Heart to Heart: Australia-Korea-Cambodia(a stream of devotion through the lens). 

The exhibition is comprised of 53 images highlighting the connection between three nations. These images convey not only the story of those who had served as Australian medical missionary in Korea during the 1900s, but also the daily lives of people at ‘Hebron Hospital’ in Cambodia which was founded through the support of Koreans from all over the world. Many Koreans living in Australia have contributed to help establish this link.

This exhibition provides a glimpse of this ongoing relationship between the three nations and is a good opportunity to expand to the interchanging relationships within this community.

This exhibition has been developed in partnership between the Korean Cultural Centre Australia and Christian Review.         

Date: 8 FEB – 7 APR 2017 (Opening Night 16, 18:00-20:00)

Venue: Korean Cultural Centre Gallery, Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth street, Sydney NSW 2000

Heart to Heart: Australia-Korea-Cambodia

REMEMBER: Australian and Greek Veterans in the Korean War

Passage to Pusan: The journey bridging the friendship of...

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