Taiwan and NZ artist residencies spearhead cross-cultural exchange
Thursday 17 March 2011
Auckland artist Rohan Wealleans who will travel to Taipei next month is only the second New Zealander to be selected for an Asia:NZ arts residency opportunity in Taiwan.
In exchange, Taiwanese artist Tzeng Yi-Hsin will undertake a reciprocal three-month long residency beginning this month at the School of Design at Unitec in Auckland.
The residencies are brokered and organised by Asia:NZ in partnership with the Taipei Artist Village (www.artistvillage.org).
Rohan Wealleans will take up his three month residency at the Taipei Artist Village beginning on 11 April while Ms Tzeng has already begun her Unitec residency.
The Taipei Artist Village residency programme exists to promote multinational and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Managed by the Taipei Culture Foundation, the programme continues to be a centre for creativity, reaching out to local residents as well as foreign artists through a variety of activities.
This annual opportunity for New Zealand artists is offered by Asia:NZ.
For the residency, the Taipei Artist Village will provide Mr Wealleans with the opportunity to learn about Taiwan, communicate with Taiwanese artists, and to establish networks with Taiwanese and international artists.
The visiting artist is required to hold an open studio and present the results of the residency at the end of the three months and to conduct a series of presentations or exhibition in New Zealand upon return.
The Asia New Zealand Foundation and Taipei Artist Village will provide:
return economy airfare between New Zealand and Taiwan
a stipend of NZ$40 per day for up to 90 days
NZ$500 towards production costs
single entry 90 day tourist visa
NZ$300 towards travel insurance.
For more information, contact:
Jennifer King, Director Culture
Asia New Zealand Foundation
027 208 9422