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National Theatre Wales
11 - 22 September
Hwacheon, Gangwon, Korea

International performance residency

Korea and Wales

National Theatre Wales and Performance Group TUIDA (South Korea) have come together to offer a brand new and unique artist residency in South Korea.

Based on the experience and methods of both companies, the Artists' Playground will focus on supporting the creation of innovative ideas, artistic experiments and cross-cultural collaborations.

What will it be like

Artist Playground is for adventurous, inquisitive and collaborative artists working across a variety of art forms (theatre, choreography, writing, live art, installation, digital practices etc) and who are looking for an opportunity to spend time developing their practice alongside others.

During the residency, there will be time for making and sharing new work, for reflection, discussion and investigation of personal approaches to making, and how work is made in the wider world.

The group will be made up of a diverse group of 16 artists at different stages of their careers, from emerging to more established. As a participant, you will have the space and time to test out ideas, working with other members of the group.

There will be opportunities for you to share what you have been up to, and to engage in critical discourse.


We hope the residency will:

  • be a period of inspiration, reflection and challenge
  • build a network of enduring connections
  • offer new perspectives by stimulating thinking, making and sharing in new ways
  • be the beginning of ambitious collaborations for the future
We hope this residency will spark performances, projects, networks and friendships.

We are looking for artists who are:
  • working across a variety of artistic forms – theatre, choreography, writing, live art, installation and digital practices, who are interested in making performance at different stages of their careers – from emerging to established, etc.
  • able to demonstrate a genuine interest in socially-engaged practice, site-specific and immersive performance
  • excited by the unknown and by possibility

The residency is open to applications from artists based in Wales, South Korea, India and Japan.

What is on offer?
As a participating artist, all the following will be paid for:
  • all travel (international and domestic transfers to and from the residency),
  • accommodation
  • full-board catering
  • shared working spaces (indoor and outdoor locations)
  • some technical equipment for use in documenting work/process
  • support/mentoring from NTW and TUIDA staff throughout
  • Please note, depending on your personal circumstances, you may be required to apply for a passport or VISA to be able to enter South Korea. This will need to be undertaken at your own expense.

Please note, the working language for the residency will be English and Korean. Applicants must be aged 18+, and not in full time education.


How to apply

Thank you for your interest in Artists' Playground.
Unfortunately, the project is now closed to applications.

We will be in touch with all applicants in due course.​

For more information, get in contact with:




Performance Group TUIDA was founded in 2001. The group started as an interdisciplinary group of artists working across art-form and in collaborative ways. From the beginning, they have pursued a sustainable form of theatre that is open and engaged, working in theatre buildings and in unconventional spaces.

Their practice is one of ongoing research into theatre and performance and seeks to push beyond current artistic boundaries. They have a particular interest in the body, movement and the use of object.

In 2010, the group moved to Hwacheon, a village in rural South Korea, where they founded the ‘Tutbat Arts Farm’. What had been an abandoned primary school was transformed into a unique centre for artist residencies and experimentation. The centre gains it’s name from the Korean word ‘tutbat’, a small garden attached to a house where produce is grown in a sustainable and environmentally sound way.

Tutbat Arts Farm is now the creative and administrative home of the company and since 2010, the company have held a creative residency for artists who are interested in their approach to making performance and to life its self.  

For more information on Performance Group TUIDA see their website here.

Supported By

This project is part of the British Council’s UK-South Korea Season 2017-18 ‘Creative Futures’, and has been supported by British Council Wales, Wales Arts International and British Council Korea.

Supported by Arko International Residence Support project.