This year Jane Ingram Allen from America, curator since 2010 for this art project, is back in Taiwan again for the 9th anniversary of the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. Jane began the environmental art project in 2010 with the support of Taiwan’s Kuan Shu Educational Foundation in the small village of Cheng Long in Yunlin County, Kouhu Township, on the southwest coast of Taiwan. Jane has been in Cheng Long every year for the art project except 2017. This year she is co-curating the art project with Chao-mei Wang, who has been the administrator every year for the art project as well as the Head Educator for the Kuan Shu Foundation. Jane says it is great to be back in Cheng Long to see old friends and meet the new volunteers and see all the changes in the small fishing village, especially how much the children have grown.
This year we invited artists back who had been to the project before, and the theme for this anniversary year is “What A Difference 9 Years Makes” to focus on the changes in the village and the Cheng Long Wetlands over the 9 years that the art project has been happening each year. The 6 selected artists for this year are: Myriam du Manor from France who came to Taiwan to do this project in 2010 our first year, Marisa Merlin from Italy who came for this project first in 2015, Tsuneo Seckiguchi from Japan who first came for this project also in 2015, Firman Djamil from Indonesia who came first for this project in 2011, Chris Lee from Taiwan who came first for this project in 2016, and Ya-chu Kang from Taiwan who came first for this project in 2013. Jane and these 6 artists along with Jane’s husband Timothy S. Allen, our photographer, will be here in Cheng Long from April 12 to May 14 to create new artworks in the Wetlands. Also, this year we will have a reunion and symposium from May 11-13 on the topic of “Environmental Art and Communities”. Many other environmental art curators, future curators, as well as other previous artists, community people, other environmental art managers and educators will join in the symposium and reunion celebration. For more information and to register to attend the symposium on Mary 11-13, see the Facebook page for the Cheng Long Wetlands art project: https://www.facebook.com/chenglong.artproject
Below you can see some photos from our first few days of the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands art project. The photos were taken by Timothy S. Allen, and he will also be posting more photos on his own photo Blog at http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com and on the Blog for the art project at http:artproject4wetland.wordpress.com
Check back here and also on the project’s Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/chenglong.artproject to see more information and photos as the artworks are created for the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.