- Location：Guandu Nature Park (No. 55, Guandu Rd., Beitou Dist., Taipei City 112, Taiwan.)
- Disciplines and Media：Visual Arts,Installation Art,Architecture,Sculpture,Design,Art crafts,Interdisciplinary,Environments Art
- Residency Period：1 month (2015.08.29-09.21)
- Grant：NTD$ 60,000 (approximate USD$ 2,000): Lecturer’s fee, living expenses, material cost, and other installation expenses
- Institution Provide：Accommodation,Meals,A round-trip airfare (economic class),Airport pick-up service,Volunteers,The organizer will assist to collect recycled objects (e.g. plastic bottle, tin cans, and aluminum cans) or natural materials (e.g. reed, stone, wood stick, soil, rice straw, bamboo, and leaf etc.) from each venue to assist with artwork.
- Paid by artist：The Others
Guandu Nature Park
Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival 2015 Call for Proposals
【Theme of the year: A Tribute to Tides】
When the rivers meet the sea
Taipei is a city with rivers. However, the urban development has sometimes made the city residents neglect the rivers flowing around us, let alone remembering that rivers and ocean are interdependent. Tamsui River system, the mother river of Taipei, is in fact the biggest “tidal river” in Taiwan. The tidal reach contains the mixture of river water and sea water; its salinity levels and flow are affected by the tides. As the tide rises and falls, an abundant and complex ecosystem is born at where the river meets the sea.
Keelung River, one of the main tributaries of Tamsui River, meanders through the city, merges with the Tamsui River at Shezi and Guandu, then flows to the sea. Guandu has therefore been an important gateway to access the Taipei basin since ancient time. The natural developments and human activities in this region are always close related to the evolution of waterways. The wetlands in Guandu and Shezi are both tidal wetlands which are influenced by the changes in water levels caused by the tidal cycle. These high-productive estuarine wetlands provide habitats for many species of wildlife, including migratory birds. At low tide, fiddler crabs can be seen running in and out of their burrows at the exposed tidal flat. Abundant bottom-dwelling organisms live in the mud serve as food resources for waterfowl. When the tide is high, the close-by marshes become a resting place for these well-fed birds.
Feel the tidal change, appreciate the richness they brought
“A Tribute to Tides” will be our theme of the year. 2015 Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival wishes to invite artists and public to perceive the tidal changes in estuaries which support a great diversity of life, to explore how all things live in harmoniously with these changes, to recall how people coexist with tides and water throughout history. We also hope the artworks can lead us to reflect how we benefit from the river's bounty and then, how we abuse it. Today, we have built embankments surround our city to prevent the flood. Yet, they also keep us from feeling the river flowing directly and make us losing our sensitivities about the tidal fluctuations which can be observed in our river. We expect the artworks can once again inspire us to rethink about our relationship with nature in a city, to feel with mind the tidal pulse in a river, and to express our gratitude to the tides which brings the richness to the estuaries.
Deadline for Entries: June 30
Announcement of Final Selected Artists: July 13
Artists arrive in Taiwan: August 29
Period of installation: September 1-18
Meet the artist symposium: September 19
Opening: September 20
Artists depart from Taiwan: September 21
End of the exhibition: December 31
Note: Any changes to the current timetable will be made in accordance with notifications from the organizer, and will be announced on the official website of Guandu Nature Park.
Guandu Nature Park: Main Area, South-west birdwatching Area
Shezi: Shezidao wetland, Daotou Park
■ Use only environment-friendly materials: The selected artists will be working outdoors in the designated areas. Artists are limited to use only natural or recycled materials that are environmentally friendly, ensuring that in the process of creating their artwork, the environment will not be compromised. Artists should also bear in mind that after the event is over, the artwork need to be able to be recycled and decomposed or even return to nature at the end. Only environment-friendly paints are allowed to use.
■ Use local materials first: Natural materials from the creation sites such as reed, small stones, tree branch, soil, rice straw, bamboo, and leaf should be considered as the primary materials for the artists’ projects.
■ Stability and secureness: Safety is our first priority. The artwork should be made to last at least 3 months or more, and needs to withstand the typhoon season, which is generally accompanied by storms and heavy rain from September to December each year. It should also be designed to weather gracefully over time and reveal the different stages as it decays. For safety concerns, the Park retains the power and authority to dispose or dismantle the artwork.
■ Community involvement: Artists will work with local residents and volunteers to create their sculpture installations. Public participation is one of the key elements of this event.
How to Apply
Please download the application guidelines: Call for Proposals_2015 Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival.pdf
or download the attachment below.