Just a reminder that the deadline for the 2017 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is January 20, 2017. This will be the 7th year of the annual outdoor sculpture project in Cheng Lung village, Yunlin County, Taiwan. This year the invited artists will come to stay and create their site specific works from April 13 – May 8. Selected artists receive a US$2000 stipend, airfare, accommodations, food and volunteer help. The theme this year is “Take Action – Live with Change” and artists will work with local school children and volunteers to create large scale outdoor sculptures with natural and recycled materials that are eco-friendly and encourage sustainability and taking action to live with climate change. We will be reviewing emailed entries and selecting the 2017 artists by Feb. 20. For more information about what to submit see the 2017 Call for Proposals on this Blog or email Curator Jane Ingram Allen at email@example.com
Hope to see your entry soon!
Hello, Dear artists,
Here is the documentary of the 2016 Chenglong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, we believe that you can get some ideas about the art project and the site in the film. Please be sure to have a look before apply the 2017 project. Looking forward to your proposals~ 😀
不要忘了在參與2017成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫提案前,好好觀賞這部2016成龍溼地國際環境藝術節的記錄, 相信可以幫助您更了解這個計畫, 以及獲得在此區創作的想法. 期待您的是提案~ 😀
We are happy to announce the 2017 ChengLong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. The theme for 2017 is “Take Action, Live with Change”.
我們很高興在此宣佈「2017成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫」即日起開始徵件，2017年的主題是「愛行動 ‧ 愛改變」。
Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation that will raise public awareness and enlist people to take action and live with a changing global environment and in particular the sinking land, rising waters, strong winds, and increasingly powerful typhoons in the Cheng Long area. This year the art project aims to raise awareness about collective environmental responsibility and how people can work together in harmony with nature to rebuild and readjust to a changing environment. The artworks will emphasize the natural cycle of life: birth, life, death and then rebirth, and engage the community to take action to make the environment better for living with the changes.
Deadline for Applications: January 20, 2017
Residency in Cheng Long, Yunlin County, Taiwan: April 13 – May 8, 2017
藝術家進駐成龍溼地創作：2017年4月13日 ~ 5月8日
Selected Artists Receive: Award of NT$60,000 (about US$2,000), airfare, accommodations, food, local transportation, volunteer help and free local natural & recycled materials.
Send the following by email to Curatorial Consultant, Jane Ingram Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals in Chinese sent to the Art Administrator, Chao-Mei Wang by email@example.com.
1. Description of Proposed Artwork (1 page attached doc. or .pdf file)
2. Artist Statement (1 page attached doc. or .pdf file)
3. Sketch (attached .jpg file, less than 1 MB)
4. 6 images of previous works (6 attached .jpg files of less than 1 MB each)
5. Image list (attached .doc or .pdf file)
6. CV (attached .doc or .pdf file) to include name, address and nationality.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Send all 6 items as separate files. Do not put all files into 1 .pdf or .doc file, and do not use a Zip file.
Please download the complete 2017 Call for Proposals, and read it carefully for all the details. You can contact Jane Ingram Allen, with any questions. For questions in Chinese, contact Ms. Chao-mei Wang.
Call for Proposals – 2017 Chenglong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.docx
Call for Proposals – 2017 Chenglong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project .pdf
The 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project Opening Weekend is happening now April 30 and May 1, 2016 in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan. The opening activities with the international artists continue today, Sunday, May 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning and from 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon.
The 6 artworks are all completed, and we invite everyone to come visit and talk with the artists today, Sunday, May 1. The artists will leave to go back to their own countries on Monday, May 2, but the artworks will remain on view in Cheng Long Wetlands until they biodegrade and go back to nature. In April 2017 we expect to have new artists coming to create new artworks. The artworks this year are created with all natural and biodegradable materials and will not pollute the water or harm the wildlife in the wetlands nature preserve area.
In 2016 Cheng Long Villagers also created an artwork this year for the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. Their work is titled “Bridge to the Future” and creates a pathway for people to go out into the wetlands and appreciate the beauty of this place. Here is a photo of the villager’s artwork on April 30, 2016.
Amarsaikhan Namsraijav from Mongolia created a sculpture installation titled “Moving to Dry Land – Nomadic Culture”. Here is a finished photo on April 30 of this massive artwork in the wetlands that imagines carrying the water from a very wet place such as Cheng Long Wetlands to a very dry desert area such as Mongolia.
Chris Lee (Li Kuei-chih) of Taiwan created a sculpture installation on, in and around an old fishing hut in Cheng Long Wetlands. His artwork is titled “2046 Relic” and it asks us to imagine what the wetlands might be like in thirty more years. This finished photo shows his artwork on April 30.
Elena Redaelli of Italy now living in Norway created a sculpture installation titled “All Lives of Nature” and her work is sited on, in and around the bird blind at Cheng Long Wetlands. Her many elements of this installation were created to represent the plants, animals and all life in the wetlands. Here is a photo of the finished artwork on April 30, 2016.
Justin Tyler Tate of Canada and now living in Finland created a sculpture installation that is floating in the water of the wetlands. His work titled “Raft Roofs” appears like roofs of houses rising from the waters, and it offers a fanciful solution for rising waters…just float to safety in the roof of your house that also is a raft. Here’s a photo of the 3 finished “raft roofs” on April 30, in Cheng Long Wetlands.
Claudia Aranovich of Argentina created a sculpture installation of 6 large flowers made of bamboo and natural materials. Her work is sited in the shallow water of the wetlands rising from the water. Here is a photo of Claudia’s work “Flowers for the Future” on April 30, 2016.
All photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com). The Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen of USA, artist, art writer and curator (http://janeingramallen.wordpress.com).
Here are a few more photos to show you how the artworks are progressing. Everyone is working hard to get the works finished and clean up around the working areas for our official opening ceremony and press conference tour of the artworks tomorrow morning, Friday, April 29 at 10 AM.
The next Blog post will show the opening weekend activities and feature photos of all 6 artworks completely finished and presented to the public on April 30 and May 1 in Cheng Long Wetlands, Kohu Township, Dunlin County, Taiwan. The public is invited to come view the artworks and talk to the artists and join in some DIY activities from 2:30 to 5:30 Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday May 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 and from 2:30 to 5:30 Sunday afternoon. The artists will all leave Cheng Long village on Monday, May 2 after saying goodbye to the children at Cheng Long Elementary School.
Thank you to all the artists and the volunteers for such hard work to make these artworks. It is great to see them all almost finished! This art project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen, and it is part of the ongoing environmental education program of the Kuan Shu Environmental Education Foundation in Cheng Long village and Cheng Long Elementary School.
Photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)
Everything is looking good for the Press Conference and official opening of the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in Cheng Long, Dunlin County, Taiwan. The opening ceremony will start at 10AM on Friday, April 29, at the site set-up under the highway overpass near the entrance to Cheng Long Wetlands. Then the artists and curator Jane Ingram Allen will lead a tour for the press and guests to view all the 2016 artworks. Each artist will speak for a few minutes about the artwork they created, and the artist’s volunteer will translate for the audience. There will be opportunities for questions and interaction with the artists.
The public opening with DIY activities will be on Saturday, April 30, 2:30 – 5:30 in the afternoon and Sunday, May 1, 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning and 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon. Visitors can chat with each of the artists and do some creative activity at each artwork site. Volunteers will be available to guide the visitors and help to translate.
Thank you to the 2016 international artists and their volunteers:
Artist: Amarsaikhan Namsraijav (Amar) – Mongolia
Artist: Claudia Aranovich – Argentina
Artist: Elena Redaeilli – Italy
Artist: Justin Tyler Tate – Canada
Volunteer: Molly (Momo)
Artist: Chris Lee (Lee Kuei-chih) – Taiwan
Artist: Cheng Long Villagers Team – Taiwan
These photos show the artists and artworks just a few days before the opening. The next post after the weekend will have photos of the finished works and the opening activities. Thanks also to Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com,) who takes all the photos for this Blog.
The 5 international artists selected for the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project (Amar from Mongolia, Claudia from Argentina, Elena from Italy, Justin from Canada, Chris Lee from Taiwan) and a team of Cheng Long Villagers are really working hard with their volunteers, children and villagers helping out to finish all the big outdoor environmental sculptures by the opening press conference on Friday morning, April 29 at 10AM. Everything is looking good for the finish!
It is now hot and sunny in Cheng Long village, and we are hoping the weather continues to be good for the public opening weekend activities on Saturday April 30 from 2:30 to 5:30PM and on Sunday May 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and again on Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Everyone is invited to come out that weekend to chat with the artists about their artworks and to participate in a DIY (Do It Yourself) art activity with each artist at their site around Cheng Long Wetlands.
Here are some photos showing how the artworks are looking now and the progress being made. It also shows some of the public participation with children, volunteers and village people helping the artists. We are all enjoying the warm hospitality of the village and the wonderful seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables in Cheng Long village. Thank you everyone from Jane Ingram Allen, Curator of the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. Photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimephotos2.wordpress.com)
The weather has been much better recently in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan, and we are all happy there is no more rain these days and a lot of the water is drying up. The artists and volunteers have continued to work very hard to get the environmental artworks finished by the opening on April 29. The public opening activities will be during the weekend of April 30 and May 1, and each international artist will have some sort of DIY (Do It Yourself) activity at their site in the wetlands to engage people and chat with visitors. Watch this Blog and our Facebook page for more information and details about the opening weekend activities for the 2016 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.
The artists selected for the project this year are making works on the theme “Meet the Future in Cheng Long – The Next 30 Years”. For this year’s art project we are happy to have Amar from Mongolia, Claudia from Argentina, Elena from Italy, living in Norway, Justin from Canada, living in Finland and Chris Lee from Taiwan. This year for the first time a team of Cheng Long villagers is also creating an artwork.
Here are some photos of each artist’s work showing the progress they are making. A big thank you to all the hard working artists and the volunteers. Also, to the many volunteers and children in Cheng Long village who come out to help the artists.
Keep watching this Blog to see the finished artworks!
Photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com). This art project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen (http://janeingamallen.wordpress.com) from USA. Jane first came to Taiwan in 2004 with a Fulbright grant and has lived and worked as a full-time resident in Taiwan from 2004 – 2012.
All of the 2016 artists are working very hard now in Cheng Long Wetlands creating their large-scale environmental sculpture installations on this year’s theme of “Meet the Future in Cheng Long – the Next 30 Years”.
It has been very rainy with a big downpour of heavy rain just about every afternoon. Now there is much more water than usual in the wetlands, and that has made working conditions for the artists a bit difficult. All are coping with the weather well and finding a way to get started making the proposed sculptures. Thanks also to the wonderful volunteers for all of their help.
Here you can see Justin Tyler Tate from Canada now living in Finland, and his volunteer Molly putting the first of his “Raft Roofs” into the water of the wetlands with the help of some other volunteers. Justin will build two more “raft roofs”, even larger than this one. Now they are putting in the floor and adding more to the structure, but wanted to get it moved into the water first so it would be not too heavy to move easily. These floating sculptures will be very impressive in the vast expanse of water in the wetlands.
In this photo artist Amarsaikhan Namsraijav from Mongolia and his volunteer Phoenix are moving his large recycled bamboo poles collected at the nearby seashore to the wetlands area where he will construct his sculptural carts inspired by the nomadic culture of Mongolia. You can see that his site near the entrance to the wetlands is full of water now, but we hope the land will dry out after the weather gets sunny for a few days.
Artist Claudia Aranovich from Argentina is building sculptural flowers for her installation using bamboo as a material for the first time. She and her volunteer Yu-chen are making a minimum of 3 large flowers that will be installed in the shallow water and some spots of land in the wetlands. Here shows the beginning of the first flower, and Claudia plans to make the others larger.
Elena Redaelli, 2016 artist from Italy now living in Norway, is building her installation in many parts that will be installed on the bird blind building. She and her volunteer Yenz have many helpers including school kids and villagers to create the wetlands-inspired animals and plants for her artwork. Elena is using many fiber art techniques and a variety of natural and recycled biodegradable materials found around Cheng Long.
Our Taiwanese artist for 2016 is Chris Lee (Lee Kuei-chih) from Taipei, and he is creating his bridge-like sculptural creating starting from a traditional fishing hut building that is no longer being used. He and his volunteer Gigi are using driftwood and recycled bamboo and other found materials, and the sculpture is growing out of the building, over the water and reaching up to the sky. Chris even used one old wooden chair in his artwork for that was part of Ya-chu Kang’s giant table artwork “Reservations” she created for the 2014 art project in Cheng Long.
In 2016 a team of Cheng Long villagers is also creating an artwork. Their work titled “Bridge to the Future” is made with all biodegradable materials and techniques and is really strong and sturdy to provide a way for visitors to go further out into the wetlands. Here you can see the construction in process.
Curator, Jane Ingram Allen, USA, is also staying in Cheng Long during the 25 days of the art project to help the artists and volunteers finish all the artworks for the opening on April 29. There will be public activities with the artists at each site during the weekend of April 30 and May 1.
Keep checking this Blog for updates on the progress of the 2016 artworks. Photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)
The 5 international artists selected for 2016 arrived in Cheng Long on April 7 to begin the art project. The 5 artists are Chris (Kuei-chih) from Taiwan, Amar from Mongolia, Elena from Italy, Justin from Canada and Claudia from Argentina. Curator Jane from USA and her husband Tim are also spending the 25 days, April 7 to May 2, in Cheng Long for this year’s art project. This photo shows Jane and Chris greeting Elena at the Yunlin HSR Station.
It has been a very busy time getting the 2016 art project started. We went to Cheng Long Elementary School on Friday to meet the children and had a wonderful welcome performance from the students in grades 1 to 6 at the school. This photo shows the younger kids doing a welcome song and dance for the artists.
We had a Welcome Party at the Cheng Long village temple courtyard on Saturday evening, April 9. The food was great and everyone enjoyed meeting the villagers and guests. The artists made short presentations for the audience after the dinner. Here’s a group photo on the temple steps at the end of the Welcome Party.
Artists took a tour of the Wetlands with the curator, staff and volunteers to select the final sites for each artwork, and we also found a place that each artist can use as a studio or working space nearby. In this photo the artists, curator and volunteers are walking out into the wetlands to check out a possible site for Chris’s artwork.
We took a trip to Xi-Lou town in Yunlin County to see the studio of 2015 Cheng Long artist Chao-chang Lee and had a wonderful natural lunch cooked by the artists and volunteers. We also visited a bamboo master in Xi Lou to learn some bamboo working techniques, since bamboo is a new material for all these artists except the Taiwanese artist Chris. This photo shows Claudia trying out the bamboo splitting tool.
That evening the artists and volunteers also got to experience the crazy Matsu Festival in XiLou. Next day we went to find recycled and natural materials that artists could use to create the 2016 artworks. We went to the nearby recycling center where artists found some interesting materials. This photo shows Chris and Amar sorting through some possible recycled things to use as materials.
We also went to the nearby seashore where there is lots of recycled bamboo washed up on shore from old oyster farming platforms. This photo shows Justin, Amar and a volunteer gathering recycled bamboo at the seashore. The other photo shows the artists and volunteers pushing the large bamboo down the concrete embankment at the seashore to be loaded on a truck from the recycling center and brought to Cheng Long village where the artists are working to make the 2016 artworks.
The 2016 artworks will be created from all recycled and natural materials that are biodegradable and that can go back into the nature preserve area of the wetlands without harming the environment. We will be tying with natural rope and using bamboo nails and other eco-friendly ways of constructing the large-scale outdoor sculptures. This photo shows Elena looking at some local natural plant fibers for possible use in her artwork.
A big “Thank You” to all the volunteers who work so hard every day with their artist to build the artwork and also help with translation and understanding the local culture.
Please look at previous posts to see the sketches of the artworks to be made in 2016. Hope everyone can come to the opening weekend on April 30 and May 1. Keep checking this Blog for more posts to see the progress on the 5 artworks being made for the 2016 art project on the theme of “Meet the Future in Cheng Long – the Next 30 Years”.
Photos on this post are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)