TAIPEI – Taipei Dangdai has announced the launch of a new digital initiative, Taipei Connections, developed in collaboration with online arts platform Ocula. Bringing together a diverse mix of galleries from Taipei Dangdai’s latest edition, the inaugural Taipei Connections will showcase a series of richly contextualised artworks for the public to explore.
In addition to providing galleries with the opportunity to connect with collectors in the region and beyond, the online platform will build on Taipei Dangdai’s mission of creating an open forum for art and ideas beyond traditional fair walls. Providing a jumping off point for new discoveries, a coinciding mini-series of virtual presentations and online activations will also illuminate artists and artworks featured on the platform.
Taipei Connections will take place from 2nd to 10th May 2020, with a VIP preview from 4pm on 30th April through 1st May 2020. Following a successful second edition of Taipei Dangdai in January 2020 with over 40,000 visitors to the fair, Co-Directors Magnus Renfrew and Robin Peckham have developed the new online initiative to nurture ongoing connections between the Taiwanese arts community and galleries at this time of limited travel and in-person meetings.
Open free of charge to all galleries that participated in the 2020 edition of the fair, Taipei Connections will allow galleries to deepen networks with collectors and art lovers and to continue conversations remotely. Intended as the first step in an ongoing programme to engage audiences through digital platforms, Taipei Connections will feature targeted gallery activations for Taiwanese collector groups, allowing for an intimate approach with live guided presentations and other tailored exchanges.
Robin Peckham, Co-Director, Taipei Dangdai, said: “Our new online platform, developed in partnership with Ocula, aims to help galleries continue to connect and re-connect with the Taiwanese collector base beyond the week of the fair. While we are aware that there can be no replacement for meeting in person, we are taking this opportunity to rethink how we can act as a bridge between our galleries and our collectors throughout the year and during difficult moments.”
Magnus Renfrew, Co-Director, Taipei Dangdai, said: “’Art fairs have become increasingly important touch points on the calendar. Conversations that start at a fair frequently conclude throughout the year and sometimes in other places. As there are fewer opportunities within the current context for these follow up encounters to happen in person, we want to provide a focal point that can allow conversations to continue virtually.”
Peggy Lin, Director of Project Fulfill Art Space, said: “Taipei Dangdai supports Taiwanese galleries. Through strong booths presented over the past two editions of the fair, our artworks gained more attention and engaged more collectors at a higher level. This encouraged us to showcase the best artworks at the fair and let collectors know it is worth a visit. Art should not be stopped during this critical time. We hope Taipei Connections can continue to grow audiences for galleries and their artists.”
Taipei Connections will take place from 2nd to 10th May 2020, with a VIP preview from 4pm on 30th April through 1st May 2020. For more information, visit their website here