About the project
South Korea and Wales
Artists’ Playground was a brand new and unique artist residency taking place in South Korea and held in partnership by National Theatre Wales and Performance Group TUIDA (South Korea).
The focus of the residency was to support the creation of innovative ideas, artistic experiments and cross-cultural collaborations.
Back in February of that year, over 150 artists from Wales, South Korea, India and Japan applied to be a part of Artists Playground. They were from various artistic backgrounds including theatre, choreography, writing, live art, and installation.
The residency was an opportunity for these artists to develop their practice alongside others – collaborating across artform on new ideas and sharing the results. The group also spent time reflecting on their current practice, as well as discussing and investigating the different approaches other artists take to making new work, ranging from the personal to the cultural.
Performance Group TUIDA was founded in 2001. The group started as an interdisciplinary group of artists working across art-form and in collaborative ways. From the beginning, they have pursued a sustainable form of theatre that is open and engaged, working in theatre buildings and in unconventional spaces.
Their practice is one of ongoing research into theatre and performance and seeks to push beyond current artistic boundaries. They have a particular interest in the body, movement and the use of object.
In 2010, the group moved to Hwacheon, a village in rural South Korea, where they founded the ‘Tutbat Arts Farm’. What had been an abandoned primary school was transformed into a unique centre for artist residencies and experimentation. The centre gains it’s name from the Korean word ‘tutbat’, a small garden attached to a house where produce is grown in a sustainable and environmentally sound way.
Tutbat Arts Farm is now the creative and administrative home of the company and since 2010, the company have held a creative residency for artists who are interested in their approach to making performance and to life its self.
For more information on Performance Group TUIDA see their website here.
This project is part of the British Council’s UK-South Korea Season 2017-18 ‘Creative Futures’, and has been supported by British Council Wales, Wales Arts International and British Council Korea.
Supported by Arko International Residence Support project.