Open Call for ‘Creators in Lab’ at ACT Center in Gwangju, South Korea

As part of a major festival collaboration later in the year, CAN is excited to announce the launch of the ‘Creators in Lab’ residency program at the brand new ACT Center in Gwangju, South Korea. Interdisciplinary practitioners take note!

ACT Center is a new transdisciplinary institution that puts Gwangju, South Korea, at the forefront of global art, design, and culture dialogue. Launching with a significant festival and exhibition in November 2015, ACT Center will commence a dynamic year-round program of activities that brings together leading Asian and international talents to share, collaborate, and inspire. By offering a platform for artists, designers, engineers, and researchers to develop forward-thinking ideas, ACT Center aims to become a multicultural interface that fosters knowledge and skill exchange between creatives in Asia and the rest of the world.

Hosted by ACT Center, ‘Creators in Lab’ is a unique residency program for interdisciplinary professionals, their fields traversing visual arts, new media, sound, design, craft, architecture and technology, encouraging them to experiment transdisciplinary projects in the intersection of arts and creative industries, and to expand the boundaries of creativity. As “ACT Creators,” the participants will be supported to work on individual projects (research and creation) using the infrastructure of the ACT Center. The outcomes of each project will be presented at the inaugural exhibition of ACC, “Imaginary Circle, Asia — Plastic Myths,” in November 2015.

↑ All pictures: the impressive facilities of the brand new ACT Center in Gwangju, South Korea

Key details:

– Application Deadline: 9 August, 2015

– Residency Period: 1 September, 2015 – 14 February, 2016

– Venue: ACC ACT Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

– Slots available: 10 artists or teams


Starting points for the exhibition “Imaginary Circle, Asia — Plastic Myths” are:

  • Newest imaginations from the oldest stories of Asia
  • Dignified values formed into everyday objects
  • Invisible virtual worlds that can be felt, touched, and objectively experienced

“Imaginary Circle, Asia” is a large circular structure consisting of forty modular spaces and located in ‘SPACE 2’ of the ACT Center. By configuring various aspects of Asia into an imaginary circle (and distributing them across the structure), it seeks to explore new horizons of contemporary Asia.

↑ ‘SPACE 2’ has floor space of 2,250m2 with the dimensions of 45m x 50m x 8~12m.

Everything ‘Creators in Lab’ applicants need to know:


  • Individual or team with recent professional experience in the relevant fields that include visual arts, new media, sound, design, craft, architecture and engineering
  • Proven ability to propose, plan and execute projects that share the vision and character of the institution and residency program, and correspond to the subject of the inaugural exhibition
  • Candidates may be of any nationality, age, sex and profession
  • Number of members in a team is limited to two


  • Shared studios
  • Accommodations (for non-Gwangju residents only)
  • Round-trip economy class airfare (for overseas residents only)
  • Work stipend (2,000,000 KRW per month / approx $1,800 per month)
  • Project budget (max. 20,000,000KRW per project / approx $18,000 per project)
  • Project budget includes expenses for materials, personnel (collaborators), presentations, etc. All expenses should be used for the sole purpose of executing and realizing the project. The budget will be finalized through a jury, based on the final project proposal and budget proposal. The total amount may differ according to the project, and if agreed as necessary through the proposal evaluation, can be adjusted upwards.
  • If participating as a team, the work stipend is paid to each team member individually, whereas the project budget is paid to the team as a whole.

Terms of Participation and Obligations

  • Participants are required to plan, develop and execute a project, including its presentation at the inaugural exhibition
  • Participants must make use of the studio a minimum of 12 days per month, and should follow the studio user’s manual.
  • Participants must participate in programs and PR related events—inaugural exhibition, workshop, production press conference, final presentation (exhibition), etc.
  • Participants must submit monthly activity reports.
  • Participants should acquire insurance individually.
  • Copyright and ownership: Each participant, as the rightful copyright holder for his/her project, shall grant non-exclusive copyright license to the institution. The material outcome of the project (artwork) will be owned by ACC.

Selection Process

Two evaluations by a selection committee.


All applicants will be notified individually via email on 24 August, 2015.

Application Process

  • Application materials
    – An application form and a work proposal (download the form)
    – A full CV including education, exhibition, publication, residency experiences and previous awards or grants
    – A proof of resident registration (For foreigners, copy of passport)
    – Digital portfolio (short description of the work with image captions, 15-20 images in *.jpg or *pdf format, videos no longer than 5 minutes in *.avi, *.mov or *.wmv format)
  • Application deadline: 9  August 2015 (Sunday)
    – Applications that arrive later that the midnight of 9 August will not be considered.
    – Applications should be sent via email, to
  • Notes
    – All materials should be written either in Korean or English, with the file title “ACT Residency Application_NAME_xxxx”
    – If you are applying as a team, each member should apply separately and individually, with his/her name and team name written on the application form.


ACT Center Lab Team, Institute of Asian Cultural Development
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Address: 501-711, Mudeung Bldg.(4F), Geumnamno 2(i)-ga, Dong-gu, Gwangju, South Korea
Telephone: +82 (0)62 410 3438

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