K-ART NOW: Artist Talk, Sin Park

Monday, 28 October 2019, 6:30 – 7:30pm Sotheby’s Institute of Art | 30 Bedford Square | London WC1B 3EE Please join us at the Sotheby’s institute of Art as artist Sin Park talks us through her thought processes behind of paintings. This event is free and open to public – RSVP is essential via the […]

Korean Ink Painting Workshop: apply by 23 October

The Korean Cultural Centre UK is proud to announce a new Korean cultural course this autumn. Application deadline is 23 Oct 2019. The Korean Cultural Centre UK is proud to announce a new Korean cultural course this autumn. Artist-researcher Dr Young Maeng will introduce traditional Korean ink painting and demonstrate a variety of painting techniques […]

Samuel Hawley’s Imjin War comes to YouTube

One of my most enjoyable reads so far this year has been Samuel Hawley’s Imjin War, originally published in 2005. At 664 pages long it might seem a bit intimidating, but in my view it could probably be twice as long and still be as gripping. But for those who like their history in nibble-sized […]

Nature Republic comes to London

We’ve had temporary pop-up beauty stores before, and since earlier this year the independent SOKOLLAB has been in Soho selling K-beauty and K-pop products. But now the big Korean beauty brand Nature Republic is opening up in London as part of an international expansion plan across Asia, America and the Middle East. The store, at […]

Misun Won and Kyosun Jung at Goldsmiths Fair

Earlier this month LKL paid a brief visit to the second week of Goldsmiths Fair, primarily to congratulate Misun Won on her special mention in the Best New Design Award 2019. The award itself went to Patrick Davison, but Misun’s generously proportioned brooch caught the judges’ eye. While there, we also visited award-winning designer Kyosun […]

Jambinai launches K-music 2019 with explosive force

Call me a grouch, but when you need both ear plugs and a blindfold to survive a gig in any degree of comfort you have to start questioning the wisdom of some of the sound and lighting judgments. Ear plugs, handed out for free at the entrance to Jambinai’s Purcell Room gig that opened K-music […]

Do Sungwook: Supernatural, at Pontone Gallery

A joint exhibition with Choi Soowhan. Do Sungwook: Supernatural 10 October – 3 November 2019 Pontone Gallery | 43 Cadogan Gardens | London SW3 2TB | pontonegallery.art Monday – Saturday 10-6pm | Sunday by appointment Korean artist Do Sungwook leads us into his mysterious woodland. Sunlight bursts through the canopy, glowing and incandescent. It articulates […]

SOAS seminar: China and the two Koreas – What next?

Monday 14 October 2019, 5:00 – 6:30 pm SOAS | College Buildings | Russell Square. Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT) This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required Abstract ‘Engagement’ of a kind may have replaced ‘fire and fury’ on the Korean Peninsula after Kim Jong-un met with […]

RIP David Kilburn

Many LKL readers will have been friends with, or had the great pleasure of meeting David Kilburn, who sadly passed away in Seoul on Monday, 7 October. David was a steadfast supporter of justice campaigns such as the Sewol ferry disaster and the ‘comfort women’ issue. He had his own personal experience of injustice in […]

Geumhyung Jeong: The Air of That Time

The RYDER Projects | Herald Street | London E2 6JT | theryderprojects.com 29th September – 7th November 2019 Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm Lecture-performance: Product Review: Human shaped punching bag pro 2500: Tuesday 1 October, 7pm (RSVP needed) The RYDER is pleased to present ON TOUR London/Madrid, a project by the Korean artist Geumhyung […]

Hyelim Kim w/ London Improvisers Orchestra at Cafe OTO

In the third of three performances with a Korean connection this weekend at Cafe OTO, Hyelim Kim builds on the work she presented at Club Inegales earlier this year, this time with larger forces. London Improvisers Orchestra Cafe OTO | 18–22 Ashwin street | Dalston | London E8 3DL Sunday 6 October 2019 5:30pm – […]