The Taiwan Art Gallery Association (hereinafter TAGA) has been committing to the promotion of art and the solidification of the art market for decades, and also sparing no effort in fostering emerging artists. Through an art fair platform, TAGA acts as a bridge between galleries and artists, and has achieved remarkable results in cultivating young artists in recent years. According to statistics, the art fair platform held by TAGA has cooperated with 7 art awards, and the number of young artists that have received support from TAGA has exceeded 200. The “Made In Taiwan-Taiwan Young Artists Connection with the World” (hereinafter MIT) led by the Ministry of Culture has been cooperating with TAGA since 2013, where TAGA recommended professional galleries for emerging artists to deal with transactions of artworks and act as art agents. The number of matched artists has so far been 64. In 2013, “NEXT ART TAINAN” award led by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government worked with ART TAINAN fair for the first time and since then, has rewards 36 artists. This win-win strategy created by the cooperation of the two important art awards (MIT and NEXT ART TAINAN) and the art fairs (ART TAIPEI and ART TAINAN) have also successfully opened up opportunities for cooperation with other art awards and art fairs, including Young Voice (2017), Chung-Shan Youth Art Awards (2019), Luminous Art Marketing (2020), NTUA Young Talent Awards (2020), and Emerging Indigenous Artist Special Recommendation Exhibition (2020), etc.

In 2018, Made In Taiwan-Taiwan Young Artists Connection with the World " (hereinafter MIT) marked its 10th anniversary. It invited previous winners to share their experiences in the path of pursuing art with the current winners

In 2018, Made In Taiwan-Taiwan Young Artists Connection with the World ” (hereinafter MIT) marked its 10th anniversary. It invited previous winners to share their experiences in the path of pursuing art with the current winners.

Art Fairs Join Forces with Major Awards to Cultivate Young Artists

At present, the award with longest history in cooperation with the art fairs under TAGA is the “MIT Award” founded in 2008. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture (formerly the Council for Cultural Affairs) with the main goal of promoting young creators under the age of 35, and has attracted hundreds (groups) of artists from different fields to apply for submissions every year. Eight young artists with great potentials were selected from the fierce competition, and the award-winning works and representative series thereof were exhibited at ART TAIPEI. It has been 14 years since it was founded in 2008. There are countless artists who have emerged from MIT. For example, Isa Ho, who used the Snow-White costume to explore femininity in the early years, was selected as the first winner of the MIT artist. I-Chun Chen, who was exhibited at the Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and Art Basel in Miami, won the Taipei Art Awards in 2018. She is the winner of the third Taiwan Young Artist in 2010.Teng-Yuan Chang, who created images of parrots to respond to a fantasy projection of the future world, and Shih-Pin Hsi, who collaborated with the well-known brand Hermès, also won the MIT Award in the early years. The creative vocabulary of Shih-Pin Hsi’s red horse assembled three-dimensional sculpture is deeply loved by collectors. In 2014, he also held a solo exhibition, “The Memory Palace”, at MOCA in Taipei.

Special Exhibition highlighted in ART TAIPEI: MIT Taiwan Young Artists Connection with the World.

Special Exhibition highlighted in ART TAIPEI: MIT Taiwan Young Artists Connection with the World.

In addition to the “MIT”, the “NEXT ART TAINAN” which is co-organized by ART TAINAN that just ended in March and the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government has been also an important platform for the selection of young talents in recent years. “NEXT ART TAINAN”, with the mission of discovering the “next new art star”, targets at artists under the age of 40. The selected artists will be matched with a local gallery in Tainan by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, and their artworks will be exhibited in a local gallery for a month. In the meantime, the artists selected by the judges, whose artworks are suitable for exposure in an art fair, will exhibit their artworks during ART TAINAN. The characteristic of NEXT ART TAINAN is that through a professional curatorial system, NEXT ART TAINAN provides a venue for closer exchanges, dialogues and connections among contemporary art, art and cultural space, and the city. Over the past eight years, the number of applicants for NEXT ART TAINAN has continued to rise, and the total number of applicants in 2021 has exceeded 400, proving that its influence cannot be ignored.TAGA is committed to creating a sound market mechanism. Last year, it held the virtual online art fair “2020 V ART TAINAN” without being affected by the pandemic, and the level of eye-catching was deeply recognized by galleries, collectors and artists. Under a close strategic alliance, NEXT ART TAINAN and TAGA have joined forces to create a win-win situation and transform the impression of an ancient cultural capital of Tainan into a new art city.

In 2014 ART TAINAN, the Chairperson Oliver Chang of TAGA and the then Tainan mayor William Lai visited Next Art Tainan.

In 2014 ART TAINAN, the Chairperson Oliver Chang of TAGA and the then Tainan mayor William Lai visited Next Art Tainan.

TAGA also spares no effort in promoting emerging artists. In 2021, TAGA broke through the conventional framework and cooperated with a whisky merchant brand two weeks before ART TAINAN, holding previews and exchange activities for VIP collectors, especially for displaying the artworks of the outstanding artists who have won the award of Next Art Tainan before. Among them is Jam Wu, who has won Next Art Tainan and is also a local artist in Tainan. With creative performance that subverts the traditional paper-cutting art, she has repeatedly obtained opportunities to cooperate with international fashion brands.

VIP previewed prior to 2021 ART TAINAN, the special exhibition of the artworks of artists who have won the Next Art Tainan.

VIP previewed prior to 2021 ART TAINAN, the special exhibition of the artworks of artists who have won the Next Art Tainan.

The Art Fair Platform is like a Magnet- Attracting Different Types of Art Awards to Join in

ART TAIPEI, led by TAGA, is about to usher in its 28th anniversary, which is the oldest art fair in Asia.In the past ten years, art fairs in Asia have flourished, but ART TAIPEI has never been replaced by these fast-rising young art fairs. Even suffering from the global pandemic outburst last year, ART TAIPEI remains unshakable, which has proved everything. Whether it is “MIT” or “Next Art Tainan”, a successful art fair platform is like a magnet that will attract different types of art awards for strategic cooperation. For example, “Young Voice Award”, which is regularly exhibited at the Taichung City Dadun Cultural Center every year, is an award that links the works of graduates of major art departments. In 2018, it cooperated with ART TAICHUNG for the first time to assist the graduations of the art departments for completing the last mile connection from campus to the art industry. The “Chung-Shan Youth Art Awards” held by the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall originated from the National Youth Calligraphy and Painting Competition from 1973 to 2011. In 2016, the title was changed to “Chung-Shan Youth Art Awards” for the purpose of encouraging young people to engage in artistic creation, which has the largest age span of qualifications for art competition among the art awards with what TAGA cooperates. The age for qualification ranges from 20 to 45 years old, and the categories of submissions are also very diverse, including three categories of ink, calligraphy and oil painting (acrylic). The “Chung-Shan Youth Art Awards” first cooperated with TAGA in 2019. The artworks of the winning artists of the “Chung-Shan Youth Art Awards” can be exhibited at ART TAICHUNG, and a national exhibition tour will be arranged to expand the visibility of the artists.

Minister Yung-Te Li (middle) of the Ministry of Culture and Yung-Fei Liang (right), director of the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, visited the Chung-Shan Youth Art Awards.

Minister Yung-Te Li (middle) of the Ministry of Culture and Yung-Fei Liang (right), director of the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, visited the Chung-Shan Youth Art Awards.

The “Luminous Art Marketing-National Art Marketing Campaign” held by the National Hsinchu Living Arts Center encourages art creators to bring beautiful imagination to the land, andprovidemiraculous brightness of life to the public through artistic influence.In 2020, it cooperated with TAGA for the first time, exhibiting the artworks of award-winning artists in the past 10 years, and presenting the most essence artworks at the ART TAICHUNG. In addition, TAGA has been also actively exploring emerging talents in universities and colleges to implement the integration of the art industry and art education. For example, a judging team composed of members of TAGA (gallery operators) for the “NTUA Young Talent Awards” serves as the reviewer for the graduation exhibition of the College of Artin the National Taiwan University of Arts, and co-selects new art talents with professorsof the university. They also recommend artworks to collectors through amatching system with professional galleries, and use the platform built by ART TAICHUNG to help newly graduated talents familiarize themselves with the market mechanism.

From “MIT” to the successively cooperated art awards in recent years, new art talents have opened up their popularities through art fairs, and through professional agency in galleries, they are familiar with the professional art market mechanism, which creates a win-win industrial ecological chainfor the industry, government, academia and collector. The art fairs hosted by TAGA will continue to work with art awards to help more emerging artists enter the market, win the attentions from international iconic galleries and art museums, and promote emerging artists to the international stage for creating rising art stars representing Taiwan.

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