Taiwan’s Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts (TMoFA) is inviting artists worldwide for the ‘2025 Taoyuan International Art Award’ open call in April 2024.
This opportunity welcomes artists of any age or nationality to submit new, never-before-exhibited works or pieces not entered in Taiwanese government-organized competitions.
Artists can participate either individually or as a group, but they cannot register simultaneously in both categories.
The submission window for entries will be open from April 1st to April 26th, 2024. The final exhibition will take place from March 25th to April 30th, 2025, at the Taoyuan Arts Center.
The award offers a Grand Prize of NT$600,000, while three Honorable Mention winners will each receive NT$200,000.
Additionally, there’s the Sojourn Award worth NT$350,000 specifically designated for a Taiwanese artist to embark on an international tour aimed at stimulating creativity and nurturing artistic abilities.
Previously known as the ‘Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award’, this competition has been a significant fixture in Taiwan’s art scene since 2001. It was rebranded in 2020 as the inaugural “2021 Taoyuan International Art Award”.
This marks the 3rd edition of the ‘Taoyuan International Art Award’, expected to be held biennially with the participation of an international jury.
The international jury for this year’s event is headed by Lijuan WANG, the Acting Director of TMoFA. Wang highlights that the, “Taoyuan International Art Award is a biennial exhibition program that builds an international network.
“In addition to encouraging the heterogeneity of contemporary art on a global scale, we are committed to exploring international creative proposals that show the perspectives of the times. In order to expand the boundaries of art forms and cultures, along with an open-ended call for entries, TMoFA also organizes an international jury as a major feature of the Award.”
All categories are expected to participate in the same evaluation process and reviewed by a diverse, international jury. The panel includes:
Head of Contemporary Art Department at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Abby Chen has a deep-rooted interest in the evolving dynamics between the American Bay Area, Asia, and the global sphere. Her curatorial approach, emphasizing community-based and public art projects, intricately intertwines with experimental Chinese communities. Through this, she delves into matters of ethnicity, gender, and urbanization, fostering explorations and discussions within these contexts.
Curator of Contemporary Asian Art at Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art.
Reuben Keehan has curated multiple Asia Pacific Triennials (APTs). In the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10), he played a pivotal role in the exhibition titled ‘Between Earth and Sky: Indigenous Contemporary Art from Taiwan.’ This groundbreaking exhibition facilitated exchanges between Taiwan and Australia, marking the first international academic showcase of Taiwanese indigenous contemporary art.
Artistic Director of Art Sonje Center in Seoul, South Korea.
Sunjung KIM was the former president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and is currently the Artistic Director of Art Sonje Center, Seoul, South Korea. Kim has been repeatedly selected in the ArtReview Magazine’s annual “Power 100”, and is pivotal in shaping Korean contemporary art scene.
Artistic Director of Digital Art Foundation in Taiwan.
Po-Wei Wang is a multifaceted professional, serving as a researcher, curator, and art critic with a specialization in media theory and the intersection of art, science, and technology (AST). Presently, Wang holds the position of Artistic Director at the Digital Art Foundation in Taiwan.
Associate Professor at National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan.
Pei-Yi Lu is an associate professor within the MA Program on Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art at the National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan. Lu’s primary research focus centers on Off-Site Art practice and curation. Furthermore, Lu has authored several internationally recognized research books within this field.
All images courtesy of Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts (TMoFA)