Opportunity for Artists: Call for Proposals

6th January 2016

Open call for artists to submit proposals to the 2016 International Marine Environment Art Project in Keelung, Taiwan. Post includes a 25 day residency in Keelung to create a public artwork, roundtrip airfare, artist’s award of NT$60,000 (about US$2,000), and more!

“Envisioning the Future of Our Oceans”

Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation that will raise awareness about the future health of our oceans, and in particular relate to the Badouzi community of Keelung City, Taiwan.

The Eastern coast of Taiwan remains greener and less urbanized even in this time of ocean acidification, global warming and increasing pollution.  By striving to reverse current conditions and improve the ocean environment, we hope to preserve the future health of our oceans that are at the heart of life on earth.

The artists selected for this art project will create their artworks during a 25-day artist in residency in Keelung, Taiwan, from May 12 – June 6, 2016.  We expect to select 6 foreign artists and 2 Taiwanese artists based on the proposals received.  2016 will be the 2nd year of this marine environment art project that is organized by the NMMST and supported with community development and economic improvement funds from national and local government.  The selected artists will work with community residents, visitors and volunteers to create large-scale outdoor sculpture installations that will raise awareness about ocean environmental issues, develop community pride, and attract more visitors to the area. For 2016 the artworks will be about celebrating the port of Keelung and preserving the future health of the world’s oceans.

Selected Artists will receive the following:

  • Artist’s Award of NT$60,000 (about US$2,000) for creating the artwork and participating in the public programs and working with community residents, volunteers and visitors.  The Museum will cover the tax to the Taiwan government, and artists will receive the exact amount of NT$60,000. Taiwanese artists will also receive NT$60,000 for the Award and pay their own income tax and NHI (national health insurance).
  • Round trip economy airfare from the artist’s home to Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport) and then local transportation to Keelung, Taiwan. Taiwanese artists will receive train fare or other reimbursement for their expenses to come from their home to Keelung.  Detailed travel instructions will be sent to selected artists, and artists must get the approval of the curator before booking tickets and keep all receipts and boarding pass for reimbursement when they arrive in Keelung. Reimbursement will be in Taiwanese dollars calculated at the exchange rate on the date that the artist purchased the ticket. (Without the expense of visa, passport application, travel insurance and additional transport costs)
  • 25 days of accommodations in Keelung with other international and Taiwanese artists. Each artist will have a separate bedroom, and bathroom, kitchen and living room space may be shared.
  • Meals will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and more information about meals will be sent to the selected artists.
  • Local transportation around Keelung and to scheduled site-seeing trips with the artists and volunteers will be provided.
  • Volunteer help from school children and adults in the community as well as museum visitors to create the artworks. We also plan to have at least one adult volunteer to help each artist for the entire residency period.  This adult volunteer will be able to speak English and Chinese.  However, artists should be confident that they can make the proposed artwork by themselves.
  • Help to find local free natural and biodegradable materials to make the artworks.  Local natural materials include driftwood, shells, reeds, grasses, branches, stones, earth, sand, etc.  Other possible biodegradable materials include natural rope, nets, natural fiber fabric, bamboo (it does not grow so much around Keelung but can be purchased) and wood. Artists should use only natural and biodegradable materials and eco friendly processes that will not harm the environment and encourage sustainability. Artists who need to purchase materials to make their artwork must consult with the curator about cost and availability in Keelung. The materials and processes that artists use should set a good example for the community, and we expect that artists will use mainly free natural and recycled materials.

How to Apply: Submit an application in English to Jane Ingram Allen: nmmstartproject@gmail.com

More information and application requirements here.

Deadline for Entries:  Feb. 15, 2016

Artists will be selected and notified by March 15, 2016

Installation and Residency in Keelung, Taiwan: May 12, 2016 (artists arrive) – June 6, 2016 (artists depart)

Dates of the Exhibition: June 5, 2016 (opening ceremony); June 4 and 5, 2016 (Opening weekend activities with the artists). The exhibition will stay on display until September 2016, and the artworks can continue to be enjoyed into the next year.

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