About the Taishin Arts Award
The Taishin Arts Award was founded in 2002 by the Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, sponsored and supported by the Taishin International Bank. The Award acknowledges creative achievements in works of visual, performing and cross-disciplinary arts, a pioneering idea among arts awards at home and abroad. Its unique selection process includes nominations year-round by professionals, release of observations and art reviews, as well as yearly involvement of international jurors. In addition to its importance in recognizing the professional creative achievements in Taiwan, the Taishin Arts Award is also dedicated to establishing a platform enabling international networking for contemporary Taiwanese artists.
During its first decade, the Taishin Arts Award was bestowed on visual arts exhibitions and performing arts productions demonstrating the most outstanding creativity, or which best display the professional achievements of the arts community in a given year. Annual awards included the Performing Arts Award, Visual Arts Award and the Jury’s Special Award selected from works of either category.
Starting in its twelfth year （January 1st, 2013）, the Taishin Arts Award has adjusted its policies to better aim towards its initial objective: creating a new Taiwanese value thought arts. Responding to the cross-disciplinary trends of contemporary arts, as well as their reflection of and motivation from current social phenomena, the Award has overcome categorical restrictions by canceling the distinction of categories, to accommodate for more potential and future possibilities in artistic creativity. The Award seeks works of art which meet the following criteria:
1. Works of art that transcend the existing artistic frameworks and possess a potential for future development.
2. Art exhibitions or performances that inspire deeper and wider social and humanitarian concerns.
3. Artistic projects that redefine art and benefit cross-disciplinary communication or exploration.
The selection of the Taishin Arts Award includes the system of appointed nominators, an internet channel for public involvement and discussion, a regular process of announcing nominations and finalists, reviewing, and international jury selection, as well as public exhibition and award ceremony. With the participation of specialists and the efforts of all sectors, the Award also improves the cultural environment and shortens the distance between arts and the general public. When creative activities and elements of beauty blend naturally into daily lives, a civilization or society of spiritual wealth can be anticipated.
1. Annual Grand Prize: 1 winner, to receive a NT$1.5 million monetary award and trophy.
2. Annual Short List: 4 winners, to receive a NT$500,000 monetary award and trophy.
Website of the Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture:http://www.taishinart.org.tw/
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