Visual Arts | Overview
In the technology-driven era, when culture and morale are low, the arts serve as the foundation for originality and creativity. To perpetuate visual arts development, the Ministry of Culture has formulated a systematic approach with localization as its core, publishing art reviews and research, fortifying an environment conducive to artistic creation, nurturing art talent and professionals, and strengthening Taiwan’s art education. The end goal is to cultivate a nation rich in aesthetics and to make culture equally accessible to all citizens.
In addition to traditional visual arts such as painting, sculpture, and architecture, the Ministry also recognizes new creative categories such as mixed media that combine art with technology. Under a uniform, systematic strategy, the Ministry will continue to strive and nurture a new generation of artistic talent, enrich the environment for artistic creation, and foster wider appreciation for visual arts.
To strengthen Taiwan’s visual arts capabilities, the Ministry’s tasks include reorganizing the environment for artistic creation, training new curators, shaping Taiwan’s image through art, implementing art research projects, and subsidizing rental fees for exhibition venues. The overarching goal is to elevate the nation’s appreciation for aesthetics and to achieve equal cultural rights for all.
The Ministry’s systematic approach will promote the flourishing development of Taiwan’s visual arts through publishing art reviews and books, encouraging and rewarding development in art, nurturing new and upcoming artists, strengthening the implementation of public art, and formulating policies advantageous to the visual arts sector.
- Formulating policies for promoting the appreciation and patronage of visual arts;
- Establishing an integrated platform for introducing art into daily life;
- Assisting and rewarding artistic creation, improving the overall environment for artistic creation, and safeguarding the working rights and interests of artists;
- Assisting with the writing, publishing, and translating of art history and reviews;
- Drafting policies to guide the establishment, assistance, and rewarding of art spaces and cultural venues;
- Assisting county (city) governments in organizing programs to promote arts development locally;
- Implementing programs that promote visual arts from the grassroots level;
- Revitalizing public space, establishing art and research databases, and nurturing and rewarding new artists;
- Facilitating international exchanges through exhibitions and artist visits;
- Assisting with the planning, brokering, and purchasing of visual arts;
- Guiding and subsidizing the expansion of domestic and foreign art markets and boosting local participation in international organizations;
- Assisting visual artists, arts groups, and related agencies in organizing exhibitions and art shows.
The Ministry of Culture has formulated a systematic approach with localization as its core, aiming to strengthen research in art, store and share art through the digital cloud, gather artistic ideas and resources, and service the visual arts sector. This approach, combined with the nurturing of new art talent and a strengthened arts education, will cultivate a nation rich in aesthetics and make culture equally accessible to all citizens.
Policies & Initiatives
Supervision of the nation’s visual arts sector falls under the Ministry’s Department of Arts Development, whose top priorities include:
- Awarding the nation’s publishers for the publication of art reviews, art history and artwork collections.
- Establishing an art bank dedicated to showcasing works made by Taiwan’s young and upcoming artists.
- Facilitating the nation’s access to visual arts by tapping into digital cloud computing and mobile apps.
- Promoting international exchanges through artist villages and art fairs.
- Providing subsidies for exhibitions and other activities related to the visual arts.
- December 2014 > Art fair subsidy to send 23 galleries overseas
- August 2014 > Aiding Taiwan's art dealers in the global art ecosystem
- November 2013 > An extra NT$10 million to be used to subsidize visual arts