An exhibition showcasing works by new Taiwanese artists will take place between March 7 and 20 at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park. The two-week show is part of a sponsorship program that offers creative individuals in the country the opportunity to hold their first show.
The special exhibition will display 44 artists’ works, including paintings, three-dimensional works, publications, audio and video works, in four major sections — “Visual Arts,” “Literature & Music Publications,” “Performing Arts on Record,” and "Audiovisual Media.”
The 44 artists who were subsidized for their outstanding public debut include Kao I-sheng (高義勝), whose works have been purchased by the Ministry’s Art Bank program, and Tsai Shih-hung (蔡士弘), who was recognized as a breakthrough artist at Art Taipei 2013.
Under the “My First Show” program, which was first implemented last year, select artists can receive financial assistance in launching their first publication, exhibition, performance, screening, or any other public exhibit of their works.
The initiative accepts applicants of all ages because young people are not the only ones who are creative and able to inspire. Last year, a total of NT$13 million in subsidies were handed out, benefiting 40 individuals and groups.
Among them were a psychiatrist who published his first comic book, and an ex-fast food shop owner who fulfilled his dream of holding a solo pottery exhibition.
「我的第一個舞台：藝術新秀創作發表補助」was translated as “The Opening Stage” in last year’s news releases.