Artists are probably busy preparing proposals now for the 2015 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project and wondering what they can do to make their proposal really stand out from the crowd. We usually get hundreds of applications from artists around the world who want to come to Cheng Long village on the southwest coast of Taiwan to create a site specific environmental artwork during the 25-day all expenses paid residency with a $US2000 stipend for the selected artists. Here are some hints that will make your proposal stand out and increase your chances of being selected as one of the artists for 2015:
- First of all your proposal will stand out if you follow the directions and send all of the 6 items listed on the Call for Proposals under “To Apply”. Many artists do not make sure they have sent all the files required and that they have sent the right number and type of files by email before the deadline. Also, some artists send too many files or files that are too big or not the right type. This makes it very difficult for the curator to evaluate your proposal and might give the wrong impression about your professionalism.
- Your proposed artwork should make a unique and creative response to the theme. Make sure your proposed artwork fits the theme “Fragile – Handle with Care”. This phrase is usually one placed on packages to make sure they are handled carefully, but consider this theme in connection with the environment worldwide and the environment specifically in Cheng Long. You can look at the Blog to see many photos and much information about the environment in Cheng Long or ask the curator specific questions by email.
- Your proposal should show your ability and experience in creating large scale environmental artworks using natural or recycled materials. Your examples of previous artworks should show that you have the skills to construct the proposed artwork, and your description of the proposed artwork should show that you have carefully considered what materials and techniques you would use if your proposal is selected.
- Make your proposal appealing to the children in Cheng Long as well as to the adults and to artists and show that you can involve children in Cheng Long elementary school and community adults in your artwork. There should be some way that villagers and children can contribute to the artwork or make some parts of it with your guidance, so that the village and children will feel your artwork can in some way belong to them.
- Make sure your proposed artwork can last well for at least one year through typhoons, hot sun and heavy rains. We want the artworks to last at least one year and then either recycle into the environment naturally being all bio-degradable, or if they are recycled materials they can be dismantled and again recycled after the exhibition period. The artwork should be safe and secure and lasting, as well as meaningful and aesthetically appealing.
- Make sure the proposed artwork will not harm the environment and that it hopefully will improve the environment or encourage people to think more about the environment in Cheng Long. What the artist proposes for the Cheng Long Wetlands nature preserve area should not pollute the water, soil or air by the materials or the techniques used, and it should not harm the wildlife. There are many birds, fish, plants and other life in Cheng Long Wetlands, so the artist needs to consider all of these in making a proposed artwork. Some works in 2015 will also be sited in the village on public lands such as the temple courtyard area and vacant lots, and these proposed artworks could make use of recycled materials (plastic, metal, wood, glass, etc) and then be recycled again after the one year or more of the exhibition.
Remember the deadline for proposals is January 16, 2015. You can post any questions here on the Blog or email the Curator Jane Ingram Allen at email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing your proposal!