Busan Biennale 2006 - Call for entries


Artwork Competition for the Sea Art Festival

Busan Biennale, which comprises the Contemporary Art Exhibition, the Sea Art Festival and the Busan Sculpture Project, (which is a special exhibition), is one of the most representative biennales in Korea. Owing to great successes in 2002 and 2004, Busan Biennale has received widespread acclaim from the global art world as one of the top four major biennales in Asia.

As part of Busan Biennale 2006, the Contemporary Art Exhibition and Sea Art Festival are being held from September 16 to November 25, 2006 in and around the Busan Museum of Modern Art, Haeundae Beach. The Sculpture Project, which is a special biennale exhibition, will be held from May 27 to August 31, 2006 in Geumgang Park. Busan Biennale 2006 is not only presenting major new trends in the world’s contemporary art, it is also establishing itself in the eyes of the art world as one of the global centers of discourse in this field.

The Sea Art Festival, which has been held since 1987, has become the most unique and creative marine arts show in the world, as well as the largest environmental installation art festival. The festival showcases ten invited artists with ten works, and twenty works in the competitive domain. The Sea Art Festival&8217;s Artwork Competition is an especially wonderful opportunity for artists to exhibit their creative abilities, while activating the international exchange of experiential installation in marine arts.

Busan Biennale 2006 welcomes all artists to respond to the Sea Art’s Festival competitive challenge. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to celebrate your achievements on the world stage with other innovative artists.

Guidelines for the Artwork Competition

Open competition of artwork
Competition theme : To be determined
Number of works : 20 installation pieces on and around the sea
Size : one-side minimum of 4 meters and maximum of 10 meters
Qualification : Anyone can participate regardless of nationality
Undergraduate students can submit collaborative works only with the recommendation of their professors.
A single group cannot exceed 10 students.

Submission information

First-round contest : document submission
Documents required : an entry form, and a model drawing showing front and side views.
The drawing should be 39 × 55cm. One copy of each document is required.

Document submission

  • Submission period : Friday, Sept. 23 to Friday, Sept. 30 by 18:00, 2005
  • Submission location : Office of the Busan Biennale Organizing Committee – Submission method : mail or in person

Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered for judging.
(Note : submissions will not be accepted on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.)

Second-round contest : model submission

  • Qualification : winners of the first-round contest
  • Submission period : Monday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005
  • Location : Busan Metropolitan City, City Hall, 2nd, 3rd Exhibition Hall
  • Model size : (width) 1.2m _ (length) 1.2m _ (height) 2m (including the size of the pedestals).

The pedestals should be prepared by the contestants.
Model submission : Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, 13:00-16:00, Busan Metropolitan City, City Hall, second floor Exhibition Hall


  • Grand Prize 1 winner 10 million Won
  • Excellence 2 winners 5 million Won
  • Special Selection 17 winners 3 million Won
  • Successful Contestants several

Note: Award-winning works will be exhibited in the main show. (Grants for production are included in the prize).

Award ceremony

Sept. 16, 2006, Opening Ceremony of the Busan Biennale 2006 Grand Prize and Excellence Prize : Recipients of these prizes will be chosen out of the Special Selection-winning works that have completed production and installation one day before the opening of Busan Biennale 2006.

Deadline: 30/09/05 by 18:00 – first round) and 17/12/05 – second round

Busan Biennale
Office of the Busan Biennale Organizing Committee
phone: 82-51-888-6767
fax: 82-51-888-6693

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