Posted by: QQmei | November 20, 2014

策展觀點>> Curatorial Vision for the 2015 ChengLong Art Project “Fragile – Handle with Care”

The theme of the 2015 Chenglong Wetlands International Art Project is “Fragile, Handle with Care!”, please download the Call for Proposals here : The Curator will choose the artists and artworks based on the following criteria:
<2015成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫>正在徵件中!! 本次藝術計畫主題是<<易碎品, 小心守護!>>,以下是策展人對本次藝術計畫的期待與選擇藝術家及作品的標準:



  • Art with an Environmental Focus – Choose artists and large-scale artworks that are eco art, earth/land art, art in nature, community art, public art…all art should have a focus on the fragile local environment and relate to global issues about preserving clean water, air and soil as well as being good quality contemporary art. Choose artists who are hands-on and can build the artwork themselves as well as work with children and community volunteers. The artists should be experienced in making large sculpture/artwork outdoors with natural and biodegradable materials. The artists should use only biodegradable materials (natural or recycled) and environmentally friendly techniques, and the artworks should go back to nature over time (biodegrade), and it is not necessary to remove or deconstruct them unless the Foundation wants to do that.  There should be a compromise and balance between concerns about permanency and concerns about the environment, and artworks should last for one year or more in a safe condition to be enjoyed by visitors.  Choose artists who have a commitment to the environment and raising public awareness as well as being professional artists with a commitment to making art.


  • Art with a Focus on Community Development and Raising Local Pride – The artworks should have a community public art focus and be large-scale site-specific artworks that enliven the community and enhance the area as a destination for those interested in the environment and art. The artists should involve local children and adults in their process and allow for active collaboration to create the artworks. Choose artists who work well with children and local people (volunteers and visitors) as well as other artists and staff.  Choose artworks that are spectacular and attractive enough to attract new visitors or different kinds of visitors.  The emphasis will be on having high quality contemporary art that can gain international recognition, but are also artworks that have appeal to local people of all ages and people from different cultures.


  • Art with an International Cultural Exchange Focus –Choose artworks that have an international appeal, but that are made specifically for this art project and for this place.  The artists should have experience working with different cultures and be interested in cultural exchange, learning about Taiwan and the local area, and also teaching others about their own culture; also the artists should be able to adapt easily to a new culture and a new environment since this project is for a short intense residency time in Taiwan.  Choose artists from different cultures and unique cultures that will be of interest to local people and children; all artists must speak English at least enough to communicate.  Also, choose two or more artists from Taiwan that can represent Taiwan well and also interact well with artists from different cultures and bring in connections to Taiwan’s history, art, crafts, technology and environmental concerns and help to interpret local culture.


  1. Some artists are asking if a team of 2 artists working together can apply for the 2015 Cheng Long Art Project. The answer is “Yes” but our budget can only pay one artist fee and one airfare and the artist team must share this together. Food and accommodations for the team should be no problem. So, send the required materials before the deadline of January 16.
    Thank you,
    Jane Ingram Allen, Curator

  2. Hi everyone,
    Another question I have received is about working with the children in Cheng Long Elementary School. Maybe more artists are also wondering about working with the school kids. Usually we assign one class to each artist, and we try to match the age level with the tasks that artists want to involve the kids in doing for their project and the interests of the teacher and children in that particular class. There are usually 6 artists and each artist has one class, grades 1 through 6, but sometimes for example, the 1st grade may be very small and could get combined with 2nd grade for one artist or something like that. We work this out with the artists and the teachers once the artworks and artists are selected. This year because of the budget we may have to choose only 5 artists, but it is not sure yet. The classes at Cheng Long are very small, usually no more than 12 or 15 in a class at most and sometimes only 6 or 8 in a class. There are I think 65 students in the whole elementary school this year, but it is a very nice group of children who are very enthusiastic about the art project now and really look forward to participating. You will be surprised at how helpful they are and what they can do….compared with some children in other countries and other parts of Taiwan. We do want each artist to involve the children somehow in helping to make the artwork and working together with the artist. The artists work with their class each Thursday afternoon from 1:15 to about 3:30…usually that is 3 Thursdays. This is a more formal lesson about the artist’s art project for Cheng Long and active participation by the children and also some cultural exchange where the kids learn a little about the artist’s country and culture and environmental issues. Other times during the week after school (about 4PM or 4:30 children will come out to help the artists) and also on weekends the kids and their families usually come out to help the artists. In this small village there is not so much to do and they love to come help the artists…so it is important to be working at your site after school and on weekends so people can come to participate and learn more about what you are creating and exchange ideas and learn from each other.
    Thanks again and let me know if you have any other questions.

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