The Korean Women’s Art Society in Sydney (KWASS) is a not-for-profit organisation which was established in November 2006 with just 8 members, with the motive to promote activities among Korean-Australian female artists based in Sydney.
KWASS holds its functions and activities with the motive to promote Korean female artists among the Australian community and to promote and introduce Australian artists to the migrant community living in Australia.
KWASS conducts regular workshops, art travels and art exhibitions for the Korean Australian female artists in Sydney. The first KWASS exhibition was held from 30 January to 24 February 2008 at the Hornsby Art Gallery, where 8 members participated.
Since it begun KWASS has held 12 group art exhibitions and 3 Art & Craft shows within the Korean society in Sydney. It has also organised 2 overseas art exhibitions supported by the Australian government in which over 100 Australian artworks were invited for the two exhibitions.
KWASS -Key Activities and Achievements
2013 – “Colours in the Box”, The Concourse, Chatswood
Ms Namsoon Lee inaugurated as the 3rd president of KWASS in May
2012 – “Man Gae”, The Fountain Court, NSW Parliament House Sydney
Famous Australian artist Arthur Boyd‘s Bundanon Heritage travel
Ms Kyumi Lee elected as the 2nd president of KWASS in November
2011 – “Together in Harmony for 50 years” – invited by Australian Embassy in Seoul. – Linking Australian and Korean Arts,
The Korea Foundation Cultural Centre Hoam Art Hall, Seoul Korea
“3rd Korean Craft Show” at Hornsby Wallaroba Art Gallery
2010 – “Old & New’s group exhibition at the Braemar Art Gallery, Springwood $1.000,Grant from NSW Art & Culture
Fund raising tour to Korea with 51 people for invited artist Minwoo Bang
2009 – “Living Sydney”, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, Sydney
2nd Art & Craft Show at Brush Farm Gallery
“Living Australia” Kyoung-in Museum, Seoul
“Member’s exhibition” Canterbury Council Library
$5.000 Grant from Australia-Korea Fundation
2008 – 1st Exhibition held where officially opened by Hon Greg Smith
1st Folk-Art workshop for the Sydney Korean society hall
1st Formal grant application to AKF
2007 – KWASS Inc. Registered
1st KWASS group workshop held where 7 people attended
2006 – Meeting where artist Hoim Lee’s group of friends and students gather to consider organising an art social group
for Sydney Korean female artists and art lovers
Hoim Lee inaugurated as the first president for the group