VISITING ARTS RESIDENCY - ‘Taiwan-England Artists Fellowship Programme’
Supported by the British Council, Arts Council of England and The Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan.
In late 2007, Visiting Arts awarded Stockwell an artist’s fellowship at Taipei Artist Village. She saw the residency as an opportunity to reflect on what she describes as issues of ‘global politics and Chinese imperialism’ embedded in the debate over whether Taiwan can and should remain independent from China. The Centre staff supported her research into Taiwan’s history by arranging access to the Department of Transport’s maps and conversations with cultural studies specialist Dr Liao Hsin-Tien. They also introduced her to a calligrapher and a tea expert. In addition she toured Taipei, tracing its accelerated growth into a global city on a site where only forty years ago there were rice fields and buffalo. Taiwan, she writes, is ‘a Buddhist country and Taipei is full of temples, shrines, monks and prayers nestled in amongst a concrete jungle.’ This form of cultural and material incongruity, and the quandary of establishing a sense of place in a space whose identity is rapidly changing, drew Stockwell to develop a new body of map drawings collectively entitled Line. These works derive from her investigation into the transportation and mapping systems of Taiwan and other Asian cities, as well as her home city of London. They employ traditional craft techniques such as paper-cutting and sewing, and local materials such as rice paper, calligraphy paper and maps. As in many of her previous works, transformation is its profound theme.
Line was exhibited as part of the exhibition Citylogue at the Taipei Artists Village Gallery from 9 November to 30 December 2007.
This body of work Line is currently being developed further and will be exhibited at the British Trade and Culture Office in Taipei from 4th April to June 2008 www.btco.org.tw . See Exhibition Line. There will be an accompanying catalogue called Line. For more information and copies of the catalogue please contact the artist or email@example.com
The Taiwan-England International Artists Fellowship programme is a joint initiative between Visiting Arts, the Council for Cultural Affairs Taiwan, British Council Taiwan and Arts Council England. It has established an exchange between artists and arts organisations from Taiwan and England who are engaged in contemporary practice in the fields of visual and performing arts. The fellowships enable the artists to undertake a three-month residency developing new work, interacting with local artists and extending professional contacts. 13 artists have participated since 2004, many subsequently returning to their country of residency to undertake further collaborations.