2018 The Korean Cultural Centre UK and SPACE Studio Award winner: Jungyoon Hyen

The Korean Cultural Centre UK and SPACE are delighted to announce that Jungyoon Hyen has been awarded the first Korean Cultural Centre UK and SPACE Studio Award for 2017/18.

Jungyoon Hyen (b. 1990; lives and works in London and Seoul) received a BFA in painting from Ewha Womans University in Korea (2013) and has recently graduated from with an MA Sculpture at from the Royal College of Art in the UK (2017). Her previous exhibitions include: Camden Art Centre (London, 2017), La Ira de Dios (Buenos Aires, 2016) and, The Royal Edinburgh Sculpture Court (Edinburgh, 2014). As the winner of the Studio Award, Hyen will receive the time and space to explore and experiment with her artistic practice.

Jurors Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery) and Karen Davies (Interim Head of Artist Development, SPACE) applauded all the applicants for the strengths of their artistic practices. However, the jury selected Hyen for the winner of the Studio Award in recognition of her ambitious and thorough articulation of her practice, which is based on the relationship of unseen authorities that exist between the city, the body and the community.

From September 2017, the bursary will offer her the opportunity to develop her work for 12 months during this crucial period after finishing her MA. Throughout the year, the KCCUK and SPACE will provide a studio and supportive environment, including professional development opportunities. The bursary will also comprise includes of a solo exhibition at the Korean Centre for Culture UK next year.