22 March – 1 June

Korean Cultural Centre Australia, in collaboration with the Coreana Cosmetics Museum and Australian Design Centre, unveils two special exhibitions in Sydney.

This exhibition at Australian Design Centre, Light from Nature: Kim Dong Wan and Lucy Simpson showcases a cross-cultural collaboration, featuring Kim's glass works incorporating ottchil, and Simpson's representations of dhanggal (mussels) and giba (grinding stones). This work by Lucy Simpson ( Yuwaalaraay wirringgaa) was first presented at Canberra Glassworks in 2023.

At Korean Cultural Centre Australia, Ottchil: Light from Nature features an array of ottchil (natural lacquer) crafts, including authentic Joseon ottchil, items adorned with red lacquer (juchil), mother-of-pearl artifacts from collection of Coreana Cosmetics Museum, and contemporary ottchil works. This exhibition celebrates the diversity and excellence of ottchil arts, highlighting the contributions of master artisans dedicated to preserving traditional techniques, as well as contemporary artists who skilfully reinterpret these methods in modern genres such as painting, glassware, and metal craft.

Light from Nature: Kim Dong Wan and Lucy Simpson
22 March – 1 June 
Australian Design Centre
Artists: Kim Dong Wan, Lucy Simpson

Ottchil: Light from Nature
22 March – 21 June 
Korean Cultural Centre Australia
Artists: Sohn Dae Hyun, Kim Hyun Ju, Park Sung Youl, Chun In Soo, Jeong Zik Seong, Kim Dong Wan

This project was supported by the "Traveling Korean Arts" project of the KOFFICE (Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange).

Image top: Kim Dong Wan, Ottchil Glass pot, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist.


Floor Talk: Kim Dong Wan and Lucy Simpson

Join us for a talk about Light from Nature, with Kim Dong Wan and Lucy Simpson.
Where: Australian Design Centre
When: Saturday 23 March, 2-3.00pm
Bookings: Free event. Book here

Free Exhibition Tours
Join a free exhibition tour.
Find out what's on here
Tour times:
Thursdays, 12.30pm
Book here or call on us on 9361 4555. 

Download the complete Media Release for Light from Nature here.

Download the room sheet here.

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