Contributing to the Society through Arts
DOOSAN encourages and supports young artists and their innovative endeavors
DOOSAN Art Center opened its new doors in 2007, celebrating the 111th anniversary of its founding. Presenting diverse performances and exhibitions in Yonkang Hall, Space 111 and DOOSAN Gallery, DOOSAN Art Center discovers and fosters young artists deeply immersed in their own practices in the fields of musical, theater, music, dance and art, as well as offering various educational programs in arts, culture and humanities. DOOSAN Art Center greets its audiences through a total of over 40 programs a year, in performing arts, exhibitions and education. Recognized for both its contributions and achievements in the art and culture sector, DOOSAN Art Center is the proud recipient of the “Special Award” at the 2019 DongA Theater Award, “Art Sponsorship Award” at 2013 Korean Theater Awards, the Korean Innovative Digital Management Award for “Best Content” (The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Award), and the 2011 Korean Mecenat Award in the “Most Creative” category.
Artist Support Programs
DOOSAN Yonkang Arts Awards
DOOSAN Yonkang Arts Award was established in 2010 to honor the intention and philosophy of DOOSAN’s founder, Yonkang Too Pyung Park, who devoted himself to cultivating talent. This award recognizes outstanding artists under the age of 40 and their original and innovative work in the fields of performing and visual arts.
DAC Artist discovers young artists in performing arts, and supports their diverse creative activities.
DOOSAN Art Lab
DOOSAN Art lab offers diverse forms of support for new experiments by young artists in visual arts (under age 35) and in performing arts (under age 40).
DOOSAN Curator Workshop
DCW discovers and supports young emerging curators with the potential to make fresh new contributions to the Korean contemporary art scene. 3 curators are selected for this program every year. For a period of 1 year, professionals from different fields are invited to conduct lectures, seminars and workshops, making in-depth theoretical and practical explorations into contemporary art with the participants. The 3 curators have the opportunity to materialize their one year of research, culminating in a co-organized exhibition.
DOOSAN Gallery International Residency
DOOSAN Gallery International Residency program supports young Korean artists in gaining expanded experiences and artistic practices. From 2009 to 2021, DOOSAN operated DOOSAN Residency New York, providing opportunities for abroad experiences and solo exhibitions to 65 artists. Since 2022, the program has strengthened its impact by establishing collaborations with distinguished international institutions to provide more effective networking and growth opportunities for artists and curators who are selected through an open call.
DOOSAN Humanities Theater
In the first half of the year, professionals in the fields of Science, Sociology and Humanities, etc., are invited to an interdisciplinary program of performances, exhibitions and lectures all under a single subject.
DOOSAN Art School: Visual Arts
This program is designed to facilitate the public understanding of contemporary art. A critic or an artist in each field is invited to conduct a free lecture, contributing to the popularization and expansion of the foundation in contemporary art.
DOOSAN Art School: Performing Arts
Discussions are shared on the hands-on experiences of artists and organizers working in the art and cultural field. The discussions center around issues that artists focus on when they work, as well as with whom and how they are resolved.
DOOSAN Art School: Creative Workshops
A workshop program conducted by practicing artists, this education program presents various methods that help young people in their creative endeavors.
DOOSAN Art Center Tours
The tour leads the visitors to Yonkang Hall, Space 111, and DOOSAN Gallery, etc., informing the audience of the history of DOOSAN Art Center, as well as its stages, facilities, and its main programs.
DOOSAN ART CENTER
Yonkang Hall was built at the birthplace of Yonkang Too Pyung Park, the CEO of DOOSAN, as part of the project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of DOOSAN in 1993. Renovated in 2007 into a mid-sized theater with 620 seats, the Proscenium (a circular or semicircular stage) features performances such as musicals, plays and dance.
Space 111 opened in 2007, in celebration of the 111th anniversary of the founding of DOOSAN. It’s a space where the new dreams and experiments by young artists come to life. On the Black Box (variable stage), the stage and the audience sections can be freely manipulated according to the performance. Centering on performances that are organized and produced by DOOSAN, Space 111 presents different shows including workshops, readings, showcases, etcs.
DOOSAN Gallery is a non-profit institution founded in 2007 by the DOOSAN Yonkang Foundation in Seoul. DOOSAN Gallery contributes to the expansion and internationalization of Korean contemporary art through a variety of national and international programs, including solo and group exhibitions, international residency programs, and the DOOSAN Curator Workshop to discover and support emerging curators.
DOOSAN Yonkang Foundation
In honor of the will of the late Yongkang Too Pyung Park (朴斗秉, 1910-1973), the first chairman of DOOSAN Group, and his philosophy that “Education is the driving force of national development”, the DOOSAN Yonkang Foundation was established on October 4th in 1978, after the general meeting held by the DOOSAN Group and other social members in August of that year. Driven by the aspirations for advancement in the Korean cultural and national development, the DOOSAN Yonkang Foundation is devoted to actively supporting not only pure basic sciences as the basis for national development, but also all environmental and other academic research closely related to human life. Besides “Cultural & Art Activities”, DOOSAN Yonkang Foundation also conducts “Academic Research Funding Project”, supporting pure basic science and academic research, “DOOSAN Yonkang Academic support” which inspires young ambitious researchers in the medical field, and “DOOSAN Yonkang Scholarship” which grants scholarships to outstanding persons of talent for them to focus on their studies. Other projects at the foundation include providing teachers with the opportunity to experience an overseas educational system through the “Overseas Academic Tour for Teachers” program, and providing books to elementary schools in remote areas in Korea through “Book Donations”.