The Sea Art Festival was started in 1987 as a part of the pre-Olympics cultural events of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It continued every year with the aim of providing a distinctive outdoor exhibition using the spaces of Haeundae and Gwangalli to hold events from 1987 to 1996. The Sea Art Festival has grown into an independent and specialized exhibition of local art that reflects the natural environment and conditions of the region.

From 2000 to 2010, the Sea Art Festival was merged into a part of the Busan Biennale. It was separated from the biennale in 2011 and became an independent festival held every odd year on the beach in Busan in order to transform the Sea Art Festival into unique cultural brand.

The friendly public atmosphere and communicability that the Sea Art Festival has become naturally connected with is a driving force to build a more familiar and popular image. Also, we're proud of the fact that the Sea Art Festival as the earliest oceanic art festival is a pioneer in events of its kind.

Sea Art Festival 2015
Theme See - Sea & Seed
Exhibition period Sep. 19 to Oct. 18, 2015(30days)
Venue Dadaepo Beach(Busan)
Artistic Director Sung-Ho KIM(Independent Curator, Art Critic, Ph.D of Aesthetics and Science of Arts)
Artists·Artworks 34 artworks of 34 artists(team) from 16 countries
Organization Exhibition, Festival Events
Host Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Biennale Organizing Committee