- Location：Cheng Long Village, Yun-Lin, Taiwan
- Disciplines and Media：Visual Arts,Interdisciplinary
- Residency Period：2014.04.10-05.05
- Grant：Artist’s fee of NT60,000 (about US2000); round trip economy airfare can be funded for international artist
- Institution Provide：Accommodation and meals
- Paid by artist：living expense
2014 will be the 5th year of the annual Cheng Long Wetlands Environmental Art Project that involves the selected artists working with elementary school children and community residents to create large-scale sculpture installations using local natural and recycled materials that will raise awareness about environmental issues. The theme of this year is “Fishing for a Better Environment”. The focus of the project will be on the life of fishermen and raising awareness about caring for the environment. Cheng Long Village is located in Yunlin County, Kouhu Township and is near the southwestern coast of Taiwan. Cheng Long Wetlands contains land that was formerly used for farming, now sinking under water and too salty for growing crops. The Taiwan Forestry Bureau has set aside part of the sinking land to create the Cheng Long Wetlands, a wetland nature preserve that is now home to many species of birds, fish and other wildlife. Fish farming and the production of seafood is the main occupation of the local people. Most young people move away to find jobs in the cities leaving older people and children as the main community residents. There are no super markets, movie theaters or coffee shops, but this residency will offer artists a unique cultural experience and an opportunity to share life with a small village in rural Taiwan. This year we are asking artists to create their artworks on, around and in the existing fishing huts in Cheng Long. We hope the artists and their artworks will also improve the fishing huts, or maybe some artist will propose to build a new fishing hut for a fisherman in Cheng Long. Artists will coordinate with the local fishermen and not interfere or interrupt their work of caring for the fish farms. The 2014 art project will include the creation by selected artists of sculpture installations reinterpreting and modifying fishing hut structures as contemporary sculptures that encourage keeping the Wetlands clean and recycling waste and promoting other good environmental practices in the community. The 2014 art project will help to promote awareness of how our seafood is produced and the importance of sustainable and organic practices in aquaculture. Artworks will be site specific and located in or around the Cheng Long Wetlands on existing fishing related structures. 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 food production and sustainable living. We plan to select 5 or 6 international artists and Taiwanese artists. More Details 1. Deadline for Proposal Entries: January 18, 2014 2. Artists will be selected and notified by February 17, 2014 3. Installation and Residency in Cheng Long, Kouhu Township, Taiwan: April 10 (artists arrive) – May 5, 2014 (artists depart) 4. Dates of the Exhibition: May 2, 2014 (opening ceremony), May 3 and 4 – Opening weekend activities with the artists. The exhibition will stay on display through 2015, and we hope the artworks can continue to be enjoyed into the next year. 5. Artist’s fee of NT60,000 (about US$2,000) for creating the artwork and participating as an artist in the public programs and working with the school children and community residents. Round trip economy airfare from the artist’s home to Taipei, Taiwan. 6. 25 days of accommodations in a local house with other international and Taiwanese artists. The houses will have a bedroom for each artist and a shared bathroom and kitchen for preparing meals.