Cheng Long Wetlands, Taiwan 2017

Cheng Long Wetlands, Taiwan 2017

Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation that will raise public awareness and enlist people to take action and live with a changing global environment and in particular the sinking land, rising waters, strong winds, and increasingly powerful typhoons in the Cheng Long area. This year the art project aims to raise awareness about collective environmental responsibility and how people can work together in harmony with nature to rebuild and readjust to a changing environment. The artworks will emphasize the natural cycle of life: birth, life, death and then rebirth, and engage the community to take action to make the environment better for living with the changes.

Cheng Long is in a low-lying coastal area, and the land in Cheng Long sinks more each year due to over pumping of the underground aquifer, increasingly severe typhoons and rising water levels caused by global warming. The Cheng Long Wetlands provide a great home for many different species of wildlife, including about 120 species of wild birds and many other unique creatures and plants. The wetlands are also valuable as a place for learning, recreation and aesthetic enrichment as well as international cultural exchange activities such as the annual international environmental art project.  Wetlands also provide many ecological benefits such as water purification, flood protection, erosion control and shoreline stabilization as well as commercial benefits from fish and shellfish production and increased tourism. The artworks in 2017 should relate to environmental conditions in Cheng Long, a small village near the southwest coast of Taiwan, and engage the local people to take action and do all they can themselves to make life better in a changing environment.

Artists who apply should have experience working with children and communities to create large scale site-specific outdoor sculpture installations in public settings and involve ordinary people in their thoughts and process. The artists should also have an interest in environmental issues related to wetlands. The selected artists should be able to speak English and be able to get along well with other artists, the local community and people of all ages and backgrounds. The selected artists should also be able to introduce their home culture to the community and share the environmental concerns of their own part of the world. The selected artists will receive the following:

  • Artist’s Award of NT$60,000 (about US$2,000) for creating the artwork and participating as an artist in the public programs and working with community school children, residents, volunteers and visitors.
  • Round trip economy airfare from the artist’s home to Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport). Artists must pay their own train fare (approx. US$35) to the High Speed Rail Station where the artists will be picked up and brought by car to Cheng Long Village. Detailed travel instructions will be sent to selected artists.  Artists must get the approval of the curator before booking tickets and keep all receipts for reimbursement when they arrive in Cheng Long.
  • 25 days of accommodations and meals in Cheng Long with other international and Taiwanese artists. Each artist will have a separate bedroom, but bathrooms and living areas may be shared.  Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the meeting house, and artists will eat lunch at the elementary school. Some group dinners will also be provided.
  • Local transportation to scheduled site-seeing trips with the artists and volunteers will be provided.  Bicycles will be provided for the artists to use around the local area if they wish.
  • Volunteer help from school children and adults in the community and 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 able to finish their proposed artwork on their own.
  • Help to find local natural, biodegradable and recycled materials to make the artworks.  Local natural materials include shells, reeds, grasses, bamboo, driftwood, branches, earth, sand, etc.  Other possible biodegradable materials include natural rope, nets, natural fiber fabric, wood and other recycled materials that are biodegradable and not harmful to the environment.  Artists who need to purchase materials to make their artwork must consult with the curator, and pay for this from their own artists’ fee. The organizers hope that artists will use mostly free recycled and available natural materials.  

To apply, please send the following in English by email to Jane Ingram Allen before the deadline of January 20, 2017, at this address: [email protected]. Proposals in Chinese may be sent to Ms. Chao-Mei Wang, [email protected]:

  • Description of a proposed sculpture installation for the 2017 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project (limit one page), sent as an attached .doc or .pdf file.  Include dimensions and materials to be used in the proposed work.
  •  Artist Statement about your interest and experience working with communities, volunteers and children to create sculpture and installation art projects. Also in the statement, tell how your proposed work relates to the theme, and tell how you will involve local elementary school children in your artwork.  The statement should be limited to one page and sent as an attached .doc or .pdf file.
  •  Sketch or rendering of your proposed artwork (attached .jpg file of less than 1 MB)
  •  6 images of previous related works (6 separate attached .jpg files of less than 1 MB each)
  • Image list with details about the 6 images. Include title of work, date made, materials used, dimensions, and location of the artwork (attached .doc file or .pdf file)
  • CV or Resume in English (attached .doc or .pdf file) that details your education and art experience, awards and exhibitions and any international experience. Be sure to include your name, present address and nationality.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All 6 items must be sent as separate attached files by email. Do not put files into a single .pdf or .doc file, and do not use a Zip file.