The 2021 Gwangju Design Biennale (GDB) is pleased to announce our 2021 International Designers Open Call. 

We are looking for emerging, talented artists and designers who can translate the spirit of creativity, innovation, and experimentation into the GDB in response to this year’s theme <D’Revolution>.

The successful applicants will be invited to have his or her exhibits presented at the 2021GDB as well as provided with numerous benefits. 

Apply now!

 February 2021


Hyun Sun Kim 

General Director of 2021 Gwangju Design Biennale

About 2021 Gwangju Design Biennale


D'Revolution (Design Revolution)

The Gwangju Design Biennale (GDB) is a celebration of design, imagination, creativity, innovation, and application. We aim to showcase the latest design trends and exhibit the most recent concepts in a variety of areas by hosting forums where designers can share their views and discuss contemporary topics. This is an opportunity to exchange professional insights and areas of expertise within the international setting of the GDB. 

In the 2021 Gwangju Design Biennale, various issues and stories will be presented in response to the theme of <D’Revolution>. While the first obvious referent of D’ is “design”, the use of the single letter D is intended to incorporate other related concepts including Data, Digital, Desire, Dimension, etc. These terms resonate now more than ever in our daily lives and on a global scale as a result of the recent pandemic crisis. The advent of COVID-19 has drastically transformed the way we live, connect, communicate, work, and play, and thus for many of us, we are actively seeking a positive change or a hopeful shift to overcome the sudden turbulence resulting from this pandemic. 

One of the main goals of the 2021 GDB is to launch a “revolution” of positive change, hope, and healing to promote a future of promise, opportunities, and solutions. Contrary to the “revolution” of COVID-19 which has brought about “sudden, forceful changes” of 2020, the D’Revolution presented by the Gwangju Design Biennale 2021 is a message of optimism and strength in the knowledge that love and beauty through design can transcend all walls and barriers to embrace all races, genders, peaceful ideologies, cultures, and backgrounds to encourage all. Through this open call, we hope to discover the talents of the best and brightest local and international designers who are using their design skills to address the most relevant current and global issues.

- 5 Sub-Categories of D'Revolution -

Day Revolution / Dimension Revolution / Doing Revolution / Data Revolution / Description Revolution

    A. Main Exhibition

  • Event Theme: D’Revolution [Design Revolution]
  • Event Period: September 1st – October 31st, 2021 (for 61 days)
  • Event Location:
    - Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju Institute of Design Promotion,
    - Asia Culture Center, and the greater Gwangju area
  • Host/Organized: Gwangju City, Gwangju Institute of Design Promotion
  • Chief Director: Hyunsun Kim
  • Event Programs: 
    - Exhibitions / Special Exhibitions / Landmark Sculptures / International Conference / Educational Workshops and Fringe Events.
  • Event Result from the 2019 edition :
    - 47 participated countries / 320,000 visitors (15,000 international visitors)

    B. This year’s 2021, 9th Gwangju Design Biennale is subdivided into Five themes:

  • Day Revolution - “One Subject, Two Perspectives”
    → Focusing on those marginalized in social, economic, political contexts
  • Dimension Revolution - “D’Revolution for Issues
    → Exploring the most up-to-date global design issues
  • Doing Resolution - “D’Revolution for Limits”
    → Exhibiting new ways of communication amid non-contact environments
  • Data Revolution - “D’Revolution for Artificial Intelligence”
    → Presenting the impacts of Artificial Intelligence
  • Description Revolution - “D’Revolution for the City of Gwangju”
    → Connecting boundaries between the imaginary and reality