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Artists seeking more government funds

TOUGH TIMES:Groups representing artists, curators, educators and gallery owners have said that by comparison with other creative sectors, visual arts are being ignored

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

“Artists can’t even win government bids for public art projects. It is usually construction companies that take the job,” Tsao said.

AVAT chairman Sean Hu (胡朝聖) said the Ministry of Culture should put more effort into its art bank, a government-funded program that buys artworks by young artists and makes its collection available for rent.

“According to our study on Canada, Australia and South Korea, most of the artworks are rented out to be on display at government institutes and private companies,” Hu said. “So we should let the work of more new talent be seen in different places rather than limit them to museums for educational use.”

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