In Korean culture, seonbi refers to the intellectual class representative of premodern Korea. Living their lives with virtue and integrity, the seonbi dutifully served the public through their teachings, dedicated to leading others towards morally sound decisions with the aim of achieving social justice. A Scholar’s Feast: Old and New is an exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney as part of the Cheongju Craft Biennale, exploring the culinary artistry and philosophies of the seonbi, providing insight into the harmony and balance of a scholarly attitude.
The exhibition is divided into two primary parts: Food Culture of Cheongju Scholars features a display of food and alcoholic drinks enjoyed by the scholars, whilst Craft: Old and New showcases the traditional and contemporary craftworks – a mindfully set table is a reminder of the earnest efforts and warmth that went into preparing and plating the food.
Another significant feature of the Cheongju Craft Biennale is the International Craft Competition, which asks craft artists to submit works for the chance to win some serious prize money! Entries open in May – details on that here!