Open Call 2020 | Artists-in-Residencies: ‘Site-Specific Art’, Siao-Long Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan

Application deadline: 15 September.

Siao-Long Cultural Park is located in the Jiali district, on the northern outskirts of Tainan city. Jiali is a tranquil and leisurely small town with a laid-back lifestyle, located approximately 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Tainan. The park has evolved from the former Jiali Sugar Factory, where its revitalized Japanese era sugar refinery warehouses have successfully merged historic architecture with modern design in an area which is itself rich in history, culture and agriculture. As a cultural stronghold for traditional performance and folk arts, the park has transformed itself into a modern art venue which promotes artistic growth.

Siao-Long aims to foster international exchange with artists from around the world and thereby create a vibrant community of artists, both local and international, emerging and established. Resident artists will be living in close proximity to local craftsmen artisans and they are encouraged to take the community and the vibrant local culture as inspiration for their artworks. Artists have access to wheelchair accessible, air-conditioned, modern studio spaces, as well as galleries and theatres for exhibitions, workshops and performances.

AIR Theme for 2020

Siao-Long takes the concept of ‘Site-Specific Art’ as its theme for the AIR program in 2020. For 2020, Siao-Long especially welcomes artists to work on art projects which are related to the topic of sugar, candies or fairy tales from cultures all over the world. The artworks should respond to the park’s environment, including the warehouses, corridors, the railway landscape, the children’s museum, and either the indoor or the outdoor spaces. They should also engage with the locality’s natural and historical sites, and with local communities.

Are covered:

Living and working expenses in Taiwan (including personal income-tax and insurance) – partly subsidized (NT$ 30,000 per month maximum). The total amount will be paid in installments during residence. Artists will receive payment directly, excluding any tax. Applicants can decide by themselves how to use the subsidy, including travel cost, living expense, medical insurance and so on.

Presentation expenses – The maximum allocation is NT$ 100,000 (including tax), which will be paid directly to the relevant contractors. The above expenses include: providing a service or materials used in completing workshops, exhibitions and performances, flyer design and printing fee, translation fee, works’ insurance and expenses for a press conference. Any transportation fees for works are excluded.

For more see: Siao-long-Cultural_Park….pdf

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