2023 Taoyuan International Art Award

International Open Call Starts in April to Compete for Grand Prize of NT$600,000

The open call for submissions to the 2023 Taoyuan International Art Award, organized by the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts (TMoFA), will take place from April 4 to April 22, 2022. This award is for new works shown publicly for the first time and have not entered into any other competitions or received any other awards. Works may be by an individual or a group of artists, regardless of nationality. Submission information is available in both Chinese and English on the Taoyuan International Art Award official website (tmofa-tiaa.com).

Taoyuan International Art Award: Growth and Achievements

The predecessor to the Taoyuan International Art Award was the Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award, which was launched in 2001. It was founded to encourage experimentation and innovation in the contemporary arts field. This is among the top three contemporary art competitions in Taiwan, along with the Taipei Art Awards and Kaohsiung Awards. In 2020, the name was formally changed to the Taoyuan International Art Award to welcome the participation of great artworks from around the globe. While adhering to a spirit of innovation, it aims to drive the development of contemporary art creations, strengthening international art and cultural exchanges, and building a foundation for art-related researches and creations.

The Taoyuan International Art Award is held once every two years, enabling one year respectively for submission and exhibition, making sure there’s adequate time for artists to create and to plan for the upcoming exhibition. Works are submitted through an open call process with no set categories for selection. Instead, works of various media, types, and disciplines will be competing on the same stage. Artists can provide written submission materials in Chinese or English.

The participating artworks will be taking part in a two-stage review process. The first stage is an online review. For works that pass primary review, the organizer will be covering preliminary exhibition set up cost, return shipping expenses of the work, and round-trip economy class airfare for the artists to participate in the exhibition. The second stage takes place in the exhibition venue and includes impromptu Q&A sessions with the jury. It is expected that selected works will be exhibited at the Taoyuan Arts Center starting from the end of 1st quarter/beginning of 2nd quarter of 2023, actual exhibition date will be announced afterward. The members of the international jury are to be announced on the Taoyuan International Art Award official website at the end of March 2022.

Following its growth and repositioning, the award has successfully attracted great attention from artists and creators from around the world, with over 600 submissions from 46 countries participated in the past edition. In the upcoming edition, with the support of the Taoyuan City Government, the total prize has largely increased from NT$860,000 to NT$1.45 million. The Grand Prize winner will be entitled of NT$600,000 of reward, and three Honorable Mention winners will receive NT$200,000 respectively. In addition, a Sojourn Award of NT$250,000 will be offered to a Taiwanese artist for a visitation abroad to inspire new artistic creations and cultivate emerging artistic talents.

Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts: A Much-Anticipated Arts Hub

The Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts is currently under construction, based on the concept of “multiple venues, one organization.” In addition to the main museum in Zhongli District’s Qingpu area, the Taoyuan Children’s Art Center is dedicated to promoting the arts and culture to young audiences, as well as aesthetics education. The Hengshan Calligraphy Art Center opened in October 2021. As its name suggests, it is devoted to the art of calligraphy. In addition, planning is underway for the Chunglu Art Center. Currently, the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts is holding art activities in preparation for its future operations. Its design concept, entitled “The Hill”, was jointly created by Riken Yamamoto & FIELDSHOP of Japan and Joe Shih Architects of Taiwan and ties together the surrounding natural environment and community. It is expected to be completed in 2024 and to become a beacon for Taiwan in its orientation toward international arts and cultural development and an important arts exchange platform. For more information, please visit the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts official website (tmofa.tycg.gov.tw).

2023 Taoyuan International Art Award
Open Call for Submissions: April 4-22, 2022
Application Download: http://tmofa-tiaa.com
Taoyuan International Art Award: http://tmofa-tiaa.com
Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts: https://tmofa.tycg.gov.tw

*Image: 2021 Taoyuan International Art Award – Grand Prize, TING Chaong Wen. Courtesy of Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts. 2021桃源國際藝術獎-桃創獎,丁昶文。桃園市立美術館提供。

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