UK Korean Events of the Week: 2nd – 7th June

 Image above from artist Yun-Kyung Jeong’s exhibition The Arcadian State which opens this week

It’s a good week for anyone interested in East/West diplomacy with a couple of events being held by the KCCUK and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to celebrate 130 years of diplomatic relations between Korean and the UK. If that’s not your thing, there are also of interesting art exhibitions, including a newly opened one from Yun-Kyung Jeong, and another screening of a Korean film from the 1970s ‘Yeong-ja’s Heydays’ as part of their ongoing ‘Women On Screen’ series. Keep reading for all the details on all these events and more.

Chung Heesung and Je Baak @ HADA Contemporary

It’s the fourth week for this exhibition at HADA contemporary which features the photography and videography of Korean artists Chung Heesung and Je Baak. The works on display explore the limits of representation found in both art forms and ‘challenge on the idea of truth, perception and identity through rejection and acceptance of failure’. The exhibition is open until the end of July so there is plenty of time left to see it.

Until 28th July / Opening times: 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.

MOON JAR: Contemporary Translations in Britain @ KCCUK

To celebrate 130 years of Korea/UK diplomatic relations, the KCC is launching an 8 week-long series of events celebrating Korean pottery which played an important role in early relations between the two countries. Focussing on the Korean Moon Jar and other Korean pottery, there is an ongoing pottery exhibition in the KCC.

Until 17th August / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details.

Yun-Kyung Jeong: The Arcadian State @ Sumarria Lunn

Korean artist Yun-Kyung Jeong’s second solo exhibition at Sumarria Lunn Gallery opens this week. Jeong, who graduated from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, examines the the perfected image of nature found in religion and art.

4th July – 2nd August / Sumarria Lunn Gallery, 36 South Molton Lane, London W1K 5AB / Click here for details.

Korean War and the UK-Korea Diplomatic Relations in Defence @ KCCUK

As part of the ongoing celebrations to commemorate 130 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Korea, the South Korean Embassy is hosting a lecture about the history of military cooperation between the two countries. The two speakers, Major General GMG Swindells CB (President of the British Korean Veterans’ Association) and Captain Juhyeon Park (Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea), will be discussing military and diplomatic relations between the two countries from the Korean War until today.

3th July 6pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

KCCUK Women on Screen: Yeong-ja’s Heydays 

The KCC carries on its examination of the changing role of women throughout the 20th century as displayed in film with 1975 box office hit ‘Yeong-ja’s Heydays’. The film. directed by Kim Ho-seon, examines the effect of rapid urbanisation and modernisation in Seoul. The film follows the story of a young woman, Yeong-ja, whose difficult circumstances lead her into a range of difficult jobs before finally falling into prostitution. The film was one of the most popular of the year and is cited as an important influence which became very popular in the late seventies.

4th July 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

You can find all our most recent UK events news and reviews here.

To find out more about events happening in the UK, make sure to check out our UK Korean events calendar.

If you are organising an event or know of one that we have missed out, please let us know through our contact page.