Fun Magazine, August 2002
own artist colony: Taipei Art Village"
by Ken Lin Translated
by Zoe Teng
Art Village, located at the intersection of Bei-Ping East
Road and Jian Jin Street, is drawing crowds of admirers
these days. Not so long ago, it was just an abandoned and
unnoticed government office building. But, last October,
it was resurrected as an upscale four-floored structure
where artists-in-residence join hands with local talent
to present performances, exhibitions and programs. The rehab
has not only healed an eyesore, but has breathed new life
into the community's soul.
Taipei Art Village has fast become a forum
for international performers, painters and poets to share
their creative visions. An air of energy, as well as the
exotic, surrounds the place and naturally generates lively
discussion and cross-cultural exchange. It also lures passers-by
with its paintings that hang on the outer walls. Inside,
there is an exhibition gallery on the first floor. Out back
is a sculpture garden. It is very likely that you will come
across an artist or two in the cafe area. If you're too
shy to join in on their conversation, Taipei Art Village
hosts discussion forums that offer the opportunity to exchange
your views on art with working artists.
Other events include "Artists Talking"
where various artists-in-residence give lectures and slide
presentations. There are also workshops where visitors can
try their hand at the creative process and work directly
with artists. On "open studio" days, view an artist's
studio to learn more about the person and the techniques
involved in their craft.
Thus far, 15 groups and individuals from overseas have been
involved in exchanges at the Taipei Art Village. Among them
have been painters, sculptors, dance troupes and theater
The public is invited to take in a show or
exhibition or sign up for a workshop or other events. Whether
you're in hot cultural pursuit or simply curious, the encounter
will nurture a fresh perspective on life.
Bei-Ping East Road