The latest Taiwan Review features a report by Kelly Her on the Taipei Artist Village. The Village has been enriching lives in Taiwan and around the world for several years now and is fast earning a distinguished international reputation. The Village's web site offers a succinct statement of its goals:
With Taipei city as a backdrop for creativity, TAV will provide freedom and opportunity for innovation in the making of visual art, music, literature, and performance art and foster artistic and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the rest of the world.
Taipei Artist Village will achieve a "Creative City" by promoting interactions between artists in different fields and the general public. We hope to develop into one of the leading sites for Arts and Culture in Asia by building a strong network locally and globally.
Kelly Her supplies more details.
The artist village has 10 live-in studios with Internet access, a gallery, a cafe and a garden. There is also a darkroom, a dance studio and a slew of audio-visual equipment. The institute organizes residency, exchange and sponsorship programs and plays host to a variety of events and promotions. It is thus far the best equipped of the island's 10 or so artist villages.
Su Yao-hua, TAV director, says that there are few channels available for the international community to understand Taiwan, and foreign news reports about the country often highlight cross-strait issues or fighting in the Legislature. Inviting international artists to come to Taiwan is good publicity as they take their experiences here back to their home countries and share them.
"TAV aims to link Taiwan to the world," Su says. "Hopefully, it is not merely a place but a mechanism, or say, a platform for international artists to share their creative visions and for exhibition organizers and the general public to learn about them." Accordingly, the village administration has built a database that introduces resident artists' backgrounds, work and plans. Of the artists that the village has hosted so far, 60 percent work in the visual arts, 30 percent are performers and 10 percent are writers.
. . . ."TAV is mainly designed to provide artists with a place where they can concentrate on creating and experimenting," she says. "But we arrange open studios once every quarter so audiences can interact with artists and see their works in progress, as well as taking artists to schools to give talks or demonstrations."