Artslink international is an occasional series of arts and cultural magazines produced by participants and collaborators with Charnwood Arts. The magazines both reflect and initiate new connections between Charnwood, Leicester(shire) and other locations around the globe. Each magazine provides an opportunity for its creator(s) to learn new skills, and share their own and develop new insights into arts and cultural activity with a wider audience. Each magazine is produced ready for print but initially distributed to a worldwide audience as an e-magazine through iSSUU.com (see the link below).
This issue of Artslink was produced by Chen Hui-Tzu and Liao Yun-Ching, respectively an academic intern from De Montfort University and our first Taiwanese intern from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei. Yun Ching has continued as an associate artist working on a number of other projects since. Their issue focused on artists, exhibitions and art centres/associations across Taiwan. This edition focuses a variety of approaches to art highlighting the connection between creative making, media, the environment and cultural facilities..
Featured in this magazine were:
Wu Ma-Li is a Taiwantese artist who studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany before returning to Taiwan. From her early art works up to her current art activities, as both an artist and noted academic, she was always thinking about what the role of the artist should be in Taiwanese society. She aims to use her artistic thinking and art experiences to draw peoples’ attention to the issue(s) of Taiwan’s environment.
Wu Cheng-Chang is a photographic artist and art educator inTaiwan. After several years of professional photography, he wanted to present his opinions and express his unsatisfied emotions from the issues which had happened in his life. This idea and continuing emotions encouraged him to create his first series ‘Seeing and Construction’ which was published in 2005.
International Arts Links talks about a couple of projects in a series of initiatives developed by Professor Ming Turner and Charnwood Arts and other partners working to build up arts projects and exhibitions between Taiwan and the U.K. The projects use workshops, performances and exhibitions as well as visiting local communities and schools to improve engagement and communication between each artist, participants and audiences.
Urban Regeneration Station is an arts and cultural project from the Department of Urban Development of Taipei City Government. This project started in 2010. As opposed to the past, when they often destroyed old facilities to develop new art spaces, this project tried to renovate old buildings to turn them into art spaces for the community. URS also aimed to remind people of the former glory and significance of these old buildings.
Treasure Hill Artist Village and the ‘Treasure Hill Travellers Hostel’. ‘Treasure Hill Community’ is a project that aims to keep the original community together and in place and the balance between arts/artists and residents. In October 2010, the Treasure Hill Artist Village was officially opened with plans for 14 international artists’ studios, 11 ‘Micro Lofts’, a rehearsal room, exhibition rooms and outdoor exhibition spaces, as well as the 18-beds of the ‘Treasure Hill Travellers Hostel’.