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South Korean sculptor to explore vast New Zealand landscapes

Media release – Otago Polytechnic
For immediate release, Friday 7 September

South Korean sculptor to explore vast New Zealand landscapes


Hyeryne Park, Columns (2008). Textile, wood.

New Zealand will become part of a South Korean sculptor’s series reflecting on some of the world’s vast landscapes, when she arrives in Dunedin to take up a three-month residency at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic.

Hyeryne Park arrives in Dunedin on Tuesday 11 September as part of an exchange agreement between Asia New Zealand and the National Art Studio in Goyang, South Korea.

Work created in Dunedin will add to her ongoing series, Project Nomad, in which she creates three-dimensional responses to vast landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon. She intends to spend time experiencing some of New Zealand’s iconic landscapes before creating works in response to these locations.

Park’s residency will culminate in an exhibition of work at the Dunedin School of Art Gallery in November.

Hyeryne Park’s residency launches a new collaborative relationship between Asia New Zealand and the Dunedin School of Art Foundation, which was recently established to cultivate opportunities for the arts in Dunedin and to add value to art education in the city.

“This is a great opportunity for our staff and students to be exposed to a talented artist from a unique part of the world, and we will all learn from each other in the process,” says the Head of the Dunedin School of Art, Professor Leoni Schmidt. “This is also an excellent example of how the Dunedin School of Art Foundation can provide tangible benefits to both the school and the arts community,” she says.

Asia New Zealand’s Director of Culture, Jennifer King, says, “It’s great to be able to offer a residency outside of Auckland and Wellington, and we’re hopeful this is just the start of a long-term partnership.”

Dunedin Mayor, Dave Cull, will attend a mihi whakatau to welcome Hyeryne Park to the Dunedin School of Art on Riego Street at 10.30am on Tuesday 11 September. Media are also warmly invited to attend.
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