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Heyri Art Valley (Korean: 헤이리 마을) is an artistic community in the unification hill district of sv:Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It was constructed by artists, writers, painters and other people in creative fields.
The Heyri Art Valley is Korea's largest artistic community with an area of approximately 495,868 m². In 1997, Heyri was conceived as a planned settlement. It began with an inaugural meeting in 1998, in which 380 cultural artists participated. The Heyri Art Valley derives its name from the traditional Nongyo (Farmers’ Song) "Heyri sound" in Paju Gyeonggi Province. The Heyri Art Valley is a unique community village of integrated concepts that coexist in the fields of production, exhibit, sales, and habitation of cultural art. From a functional perspective, the Heyri Art Valley was planned in an urban form that focused on cultural business. It is home to many galleries, museums, exhibit halls, concert halls, small theaters, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, guest houses, art shops, and creative living spaces for artists. Every building was designed by dozens of nationally and internationally renowned architects, who also designed features of the natural landscape, such as mountains, hills, swamps, or brooks.
Heyri Art Valley Wikipedia
In 1969, as part of the "Unification Land Development Project", the Heyri Art Village was envisioned as a "book village" that would connect to the nearby Paju Book City. As development began, the village attracted many artists who contributed ideas to the original concept. Their contributions led to the project's expansion into a broader "cultural art village" which is now known as Heyri Art Valley.
Buildings in Heyri are differentiated by purpose. For example, there is a concert hall, an experience place, a space for commercial exhibit, a café, a restaurant, a guesthouse, and a space for giving and listening to lectures. Each space has one or more cultural purposes. In Heyri, there are no buildings taller than three stories.
There are various spaces in the Heyri.
- The creation space: About 380 cultural artists who work in art, music, video, photography, literature and so on are on display at this space.
- The exhibit space: Many compositions of not only the Heyri's cultural artists but also lots of native and foreign artists are on continuous display here.
- The performance space: Multi-purpose concert hall and outdoor stage for the performing arts comprise this space.
- The festival space: A variety of cultural art festivals are held each year here.
- The education space: The Heyri is a cultural art school. There are various fine art instructional institutions here.
- The discussion space: A lot of seminars and lectures for the art, culture, study and idea are conducted here.
- The sale space: Many cultural artworks are sold here
- The international exchange space: A lot of world cultural art lovers visit the Heyri. Also many Korean artists enter the global art market.
- The creation dwelling space: The Heyri is an ecological space for the cultural artists who concentrate on creation.
Heyri is located at about an hour distance from central Seoul by public transportation. There is no entry fee to the artistic community; however, some of its spaces may charge admission fees. Most of the spaces are closed on Mondays.
There are various festivals of varying sizes held in Heyri throughout the year.
Management of events and festivals is done by Heyri or individual cultural spaces.
Since 1997, the Pan Art Festival has been the primary festival at Heyri. Various visual art festivals, performance art festivals and participatory events are held each day during the Pan Festival. Art Road 77 is one of the significant parts of Pan Art Festival. Since 2009, Art Road 77 has been an Art Fair as well as a shared an event that donates the proceeds from the art product sales to Save the Children.