Twenty-four representatives from 13 artists' villages across Taiwan attended a meeting held by the Ministry of Culture on June 5 at the Lize Puppet Arts Colony (利澤國際偶戲藝術村) in Yilan County to share their experiences and strategies in how they've been operating art residency spaces and fostering an ideal creative environment for artists with representatives from the National Culture and Arts Foundation (國藝會) and the Taiwan Art Space Alliance (臺灣藝文空間連線TASA協會).
The meeting was a part of the Ministry's ongoing Artist Residency and Exchange Program, which aims to help local art villages upgrade their overall artist-in-residence facilities and environment and foster exchanges between local villages and their foreign counterparts. The Ministry has sent approximately 300 local artists to 11 overseas villages respectively in France, Germany, Holland, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan since 2000, when the program was launched.
The June 5 meeting was attended by 24 representatives from 13 artists’ villages in Taiwan, including Bamboo Curtain Studio (自竹圍工作室) in New Taipei City, Taipei Artist Village (臺北國際藝術村), Banqiao 435 Art Zone (板橋435藝文特區), Soulangh Cultural Park (臺南蕭壠國際藝術村) in Tainan, Pier-2 Art Center (高雄駁二藝術特區) in Kaohsiung, Fangliao F3 Art District (屏東枋寮F3藝文特區) in Pingtung, and Art Chishang (臺東池上藝術村) in Taitung.
Executive director of Lize Puppet Arts Colony Tseng Li-jen (曾麗真) pointed out that Lize's team began reconstructing a barn leased from the Farmers' Association of Yilan County in 2013 as a new site for puppetry arts. Three years later, the colony was officially unveiled as Taiwan's first art park dedicated this field. Since then, it has acted as an important platform for showcasing Taiwan's contemporary aesthetics through puppetry with various activities like exhibitions, hand-made manufacturing and demonstrations, artist-in-residence programs, and special holiday initiatives.
The professionalism of an artists' village is judged by the achievements of its alumni, the relationship between the village and local communities, and feedback from residing artists. Thus, professionalism is synonymous with the brand name of an artists' village. More information on Taiwan's residency opportunities can be found at the Arts Residency Network.