The Ministry of Culture has unveiled the first batch of artworks it purchased under the Art Bank program to promote Taiwan's emerging artists and to help local cultural creative industries make inroads into other Asian markets.
A total of 346 pieces of artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures, installation art and mixed media were selected by the Ministry of Culture from 195 artists, of whom the oldest is 84-year-old veteran artist Lee Ching-hsien and the youngest is 22-year-old Lin Yu-pe. The first leg of the program has received more than 3,000 submissions.
Beginning from October, foreign visitors will be able to appreciate local artworks when they arrive at the Taoyuan International Airport, the Ministry said.
During the selection process, the professional review panel organized by National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts identified not only artistic merit but also the convenience of preservation as a key selection criterion, said Huang Tsai-lang, chairman of the review panel, adding that ”the overall results are excellent.”
Since many participants are award-winning artists, it shows that “Taiwan’s visual arts sector are supportive of such arts promotion policies,” said Chu Teh-i, a panel member and art professor.
As the Art Bank program has gone from an idea to reality, Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai expressed her gratitude for the support of the Executive Yuan, the Legislative Yuan and local artists as a whole.
“The Art Bank program is expected to promote the entire visual arts industry by encouraging private and public institutes and the general public to collect art,” Lung said. The program will not only help promote Taiwanese artists, it also help develop related industries such as art galleries, shipping and transportation, insurance and the art of restoration, she added.
Lung also urged local businesses to donate to designated accounts, lease items from the Art Bank and participate in the adoption of artworks.
The Ministry of Culture launched the Art Bank program in January 2013 to purchase artworks from Taiwanese artists, especially young artists, so as to sell or loan the artworks to companies, government agencies and willing individuals to give the artists more exposure.
To learn more about the artworks purchased under the Art Bank program, please visit http://artbank.ntmofa.gov.tw.