Hello, Dear ALL, Here I help Jane to publish this post, because she cannot log in the blog and have tried whole day today.In this post Jane tell artists many hints to propose a good proposal, please did read it before submiting. Looking forward to your great ideas & Good luck!! chao-mei
請各位藝術家要好好閱讀這篇文章喔! 策展人Jane提供了很多入選的”小撇步”,相信對許多年輕藝術家朋友在提案時會有許多幫助. 台灣藝術家,請加油!!!!!!!!!有任何問題,懶得寫英文,用中文留言或寫信給我也會通喔!!—昭湄
1. Follow the directions carefully and submit exactly what is asked for and not anything else. If it says to send .jpg files of less than 1 mg each, do not send your images embedded in a .doc file or .pdf file, and do not send a link to your website rather than sending images of your previous works. Following directions well makes me think you are intelligent and cooperative and that you will not cause problems because you think you are so special that you deserve special treatment.
2. Show your experiences as a professional artist in the CV that you attach as a .doc or .pdf file. The CV should be in English and have recent exhibitions and show some evidence that you are a professional artist. International experience and experience working with communities and children and doing other international residencies and art projects are all good to mention. Also list any awards or grants you have received. This makes me think you are a professional artist and that others have also recognized the quality of your work. If you have no previous international or community art experience and no awards or residencies, then emphasize your willingness to learn and your fresh approach. I want a mix of experienced artists and new innovators in the project.
3. Submit good quality photos of previous works that are related to what you are proposing to make in Cheng Long and that show you could do something like what you are proposing. The photos should be clear, and photos of works on site are good. You should show some outdoor works and public artworks and not all performance art or all indoor gallery installations. This makes me think you could actually make what you are proposing and that you will not be attempting to do a type of work in Cheng Long that you have never tried before.
4. Send a sketch of the idea for your proposed work that you can scan and send as an attached .jpg file. The sketch is to give some visual form to your idea. The proposed work may change after you get here, and we expect flexibility and adaptability from the selected artists. But, I need a sketch or some sort of visual image to show your idea.
5.Send a description of your proposed work as an attached .pdf or .doc file. Your description in English of your proposed work for Cheng Long 2012 should tell how your proposed work relates to the theme and also tell about your previous work with communities and children and why you are interested in this project. Your skills in writing or in using English do not have to be perfect, but the descriptions should help me understand what you want to make in Cheng Long and what it will be made from and give some idea of its size and how the community and school children can get involved in working with you on this project. This description should not be just a general artist’s statement that you use for everything. This description should make me think you really care about coming to Cheng Long for this project and that you are sincerely interested in the environmental issues related to the theme.
6. Don’t ask the curator too many questions in emails. While some questions are good and necessary, if you ask too many, I start to think maybe you will be trouble and cannot make decisions easily for yourself. I don’t mind answering specific questions, and this can also show me that you are thinking and not just using the same old idea you might have submitted for something else. Your questions should make me think that you are thoughtful and sincerely examining creative ideas for this project.
7. Make your proposed work fit the theme and fit the place and environmental purpose of this exhibition. This year the proposed work should have something to do with the theme of “What’s for Dinner?” The proposed work should also show you have a concern for the environmental issues relating to this theme. This makes me think you have read the full Call for Proposals and maybe even studied the Blog about the art project as well as the information and photos about the wetlands, the school and the community. The Kuan Shu Education Foundation Blog about the environmental education programs can give you a lot of information just by looking at the pictures even if you can’t read Chinese.
8. Always be courteous in your emails and don’t ask the curator for special favors or special treatment. Showing a sense of humor and kind understanding in your emails is also good. This makes me think you could get along well with the other artists, and that the school children, teachers, community people and volunteers participating in the project could also get along well with you. We all become like one big family since we spend a lot of time together during the 25-day residency in this small village in southwesternTaiwan.
9. Be creative and show me with your sketch and description something I have not seen before or that I did not think of myself. Creativity and innovation are always important considerations. I like to see big ideas and impressive proposals, and I am not ruling out any medium or materials or techniques as long as they do not harm the environment. Collaborative projects are okay although our limited budget means the artist fee and travel cost would have to be split if there are two collaborating artists selected. Don’t propose the obvious and something that maybe you submitted last year or for another project. What you propose should be something you want to do and show some relationship to your previous work, but we want something unique for Cheng Long. This shows me that you really put some creative thought into your proposal for the Cheng Long project and that you really do want to come and make this artwork.
Good luck with your proposal and I look forward to receiving your proposals by the deadline of February 8, 2012. Also, let me know your thoughts about how artists are selected for projects like this and what you think makes a good proposal.
Jane Ingram Allen, Curator