Photo Credit: Ze Wei

2023 K.A.T Artist-in-Residence Program (Visual Art)

The sugar industry is an important traditional industry in Taiwan. During the Japanese colonization, the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery was designated as the world's first new sugar factory in 1900. Yamamoto Teijiro was the founder of Taiwan's new sugar industry. In 1902, the first president, Suzuki Tozaburo, in order to pray for the safety of employees and hope to gel the sugar industry of Taiwanese farmer, he set up a bronze statue of Guanyin by the Director's Office.

At the end of 2022, the bronze statue of Teijiro Yamamoto created by Taiwanese sculptor, Huang Tu Shui, (Huang Tu Shui) returned from Japan to the Ciaotou Sugar Refinery. The 120-year-old bronze statue of Guanyin was restored and finally shown to the public again.

The theme of this year's solicitation is "Stand", which hopes that after the international epidemic, arts and culture will urgently need to be revived. And the return of these cultural assets not only affects the century-long friendship between Japan and Taiwan, but also has a high representativeness for the reconstruction of historical scenes and the art history. To enrich our own culture, we might collect the energy through artistic creation and regain the coordinates or position of art in the post-pandemic era.

Duration September 13, 2023 – November 13, 2023 (2 months)
Funding 1. Selected artists have free dormitory provided by this project organizers, NT$ 15,000 each month for production costs. 2. For foreign country artists, NT$ 30,000 each for flights costs.
Expected Outcome 1. Resident at least four days a week, and regularly participate in the artist-in residence meeting to promote interaction of artists. 2. Present your achievements while at the village, and donate one representative piece of artwork to Kio-A-Thau collection. 3. Promote culture and art education for community art interaction.