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Contest opens for Taiwanese fine arts museum

An open international contest has been launched for a £35 million museum of fine arts in Tainan, Taiwan

The prestigious gallery will occupy the site of Tainan’s former police station (pictured) and a nearby public plaza close to the city’s Confucious Temple.

Backed by the Tainan City Government’s cultural affairs bureau, the new building is expected to promote local art and culture internationally, attract more talented artists to the city and boost urban regeneration.

The 26,400m² project will include permanent exhibition spaces, an art warehouse, classrooms, a 150-seat lecture theatre and restaurants. Street-facing elements of the historic police station will be retained and included in the project.

Parking space and outdoor landscaping along nearby Yoai Road are also required.

Participating teams must include an architect certified to practice in Taiwan.

Competition judges include the director of Japan’s Mori Art Museum, Fumio Nanjo and Tainan City Government’s secretary general Chen Mei-Ling.

Second place will take home £30,000 and third place will receive £20,000. The fourth and fifth placed entries will also receive £15,000 each.

The deadline for requests to participate is 26 August. The winner of the commission will be announced on 5 September.

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