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Culture ministry to help artists with first works

Staff writer, with CNA

Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai, front center, other officials and artists pose at the launch in Taipei yesterday of a new program providing financial support to artists exhibiting their work for the first time.

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The Ministry of Culture yesterday announced a new program to provide financial support for Taiwanese artists seeking to exhibit or publish their works for the first time.

The policy, which is to take effect this year, will provide artists with funds to launch their first publication, exhibition, performance, screening or other public exhibit of their work, the ministry said.

“The first stage is very important in life” and can likely give birth to an artist, Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) told a press conference in Taipei.

Lin Hwai-min (林懷民), founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, wrote his first novel in high school, she said, adding that the ministry’s new policy could open doors for artists as young as Lin was when he wrote that novel.

Providing the first platform for showing a work is as important as spending NT$100 million (US$3.38 million) a year in supporting big-name art groups, she said.

Individuals will be eligible to apply for up to NT$300,000 in subsidies, while companies, schools and other institutions and groups can apply for a maximum subsidy of NT$1 million.

A total of NT$13 million will be handed out each year for projects in literature, visual arts, music, dance, animation and film, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Lung said that her “open conversation” with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (李安) on Friday will focus on the director’s life and upbringing.

The talk, called “My Time and I,” will explore how Lee was shaped by his time and the relationship between Lee and the “soil that nurtured him,” Lung said.

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