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Promoting cross cultural exchange by building a living archive of the stories of Australia's and South Korea's eminent visual artists.

"Archives are the paydirt of history...everything else is just opinion"
(Germaine Greer, 2013)


We mourn the death of Australian artist, Alun Leach Jones. Click here to see and listen to Alun's interview with Paul McGillick.

The interview with Korean artist, Kang Un, is now available in both Korean and English.

VoCA BLOG, 7 JULY 2017

The project has been featured in the prestigeous Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) blog on the 7th of July 2017. 

Asia Culture Center, 
ACT Center 
Visiting CREATOR IN LAB Program

One of our founding directors, Dr Bob Jansen, has accepted a three month residency at the prestigeous Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea. The residency, part of the Creator in Lab program, will introduce the ACC to our Testimony Software technology for publishing engaging oral histories online. During the residency, we will record and publish an interview with Korean monochrome artist, Kang Un.

Kim Dal Jin Art Archive and Museum

The project has contributed to the Kim Dal Jin Art Archive and Museum, the most prominent archive of contemporary art in South Korea.
The archive has accepted catalogues and monographs from some of the Australian artists who took part in our exhibition in Seoul in 2016, including Yvonne Boag, Ann Thomson, Ken Reinhard, Alun Leach-Jones and Andrew Christofides. Thanks go to the artists for contributing this material.


Our web site has been archived in the National Library of Australia's prestigeous Pandora archive and is now accessible through the TROVE system.
"PANDORA, Australia's Web Archive, is a growing collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organisations.
The name, PANDORA, is an acronym that encapsulates our mission: Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia."

39,579 Unique Visits to the Site

Between April and December 2016, the Cultural Conversations web site got 39,579 unique visitors from all around the world.

This is an wondeful metric and demonstrates that there is a real audience demand for our interviews.


Cultural Conversations is a project of the Australian Centre for Oral History, promoting cross cultural exchange by building a living archive of the stories of Australia's and South Korea's eminent visual artists.

The interviews are freely available world wide through our web site. All interviews are available in English and the Korean interviews are also available in Korean.

For more information, please contact Dr. Bob Jansen vial email.


Cultural Conversations wants to collaborate with any relevant project or team to ensure we add value to each other's efforts and reduce duplication. If you wish to collaborate, please contact Dr. Bob Jansen using the form or email below.

We currently collaborate with the Design and Art Australia Online who provide access to the CV's and other professional details of Australian artists.

Our People

Dr. Bob Jansen is a founding director and the chief scientist of this project.

Adjunct Associate Professor Yvonne Boag is a founding director and a member of our selection committee.

Dr. Paul McGillick is a founding director, a member of our selection committee and chief interviewer in Australia.

Emeritus Profressor Peter Pinson is a member of our selection committee and an interviewer in Australia.

Professor Bob Miller provides marketing advice to the project.

Copyright & IP

All the contents of this web site, including the interviews, are used subject to licenses from the appropriate copyright holders.

We respect the copyright of others and expect you to respect our copyright.

If you believe we have infringed your copyright, please contact Dr. Bob Jansen, via email, to discuss and we will do all in our power to rectify any proven infringement.

We will not knowingly divulge any personal information collected by your use of this web site unless required to do so by law.

Testimony Software, the software that powers the interviews, is the copyright of Turtle Lane Studios Pty Ltd.

This web page has been developed using the free Mobirise web page builder. You can download your own copy from the Mobirise web site.

© Turtle Lane Studios, 2013


  • “Whilst in Germany, I took the opportunity to listen to each of the Australian interviews.

    I now understand Australian art better.”

    Suh Yong Sun, Artist
    Personal Communication
  • “The Cultural Conversations exchange project, with its online oral history archive, provides a unique opportunity for audiences to learn about the life works of eminent contemporary Australian and Korean artists and gain an insight into Australian and Korean art and culture, through eyes of these great artists. 

    Over time this archive will become an important resource for future generations of Australian and Korean artists.”

    H.E William Patterson PSM
    Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
    Statement in Catalogue for Cultural Conversations: South Korea - Australia exhibitions in Seoul and Sydney

  • “Cultural Conversations provides an important platform for the exchange of culture, history, language, dialogue and artistic expression through strong interchange between Korea and Australia.


    I am a strong believer in the importance of bilateral relations and diplomacy at all levels – through political and security cooperation, trade links, social ties, and cultural partnerships. Through artistic exchange, Cultural Conversations is working towards furthering and deepening the understanding and friendship between Australia and Korea."

    Lee Whie Jin
    Consul-General, The Republic of Korea in Sydney, Australia
    Statement in Catalogue for Cultural Conversations: South Korea - Australia exhibitions in Seoul and Sydney

  • "Cultural Conversations represents pre-eminent artists from both countries and their works across a wide range of mediums spanning painting, sculpture, installation and performance. Cultural Conversations offers audiences an opportunity to explore the modern and contemporary art scene in Korea and Australia through the in-depth discussions between artists and art experts. The professionally filmed interviews will remain as invaluable resource for not only the public who are interested in art, but also future students and historians.   

    I hope that by bringing Korean and Australian artists together we may foster an ongoing understanding and conversation between the two countries." 

    An Sinyoung
    Director, Korean Cultural Centre, Australia
    Sydney Australia
    Statement in Catalogue for Cultural Conversations: South Korea - Australia exhibitions in Seoul and Sydney


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