ASIA Social Significance of Establishing an Art Creators Trade Union

In 2010, a number of Taiwanese artists gathered together and set up an Art Creators Trade Union to establish a set career trajectory for art workers, labeling new definitions of ‘work’ and invoking public respect for art creation as a profession. The following year, Taiwanese artist and activist Tang Huang-Chen called on local artists to set up the ‘Taipei City Art Creators Trade Union’. Through the process, Tang realised that by connecting the core beliefs of many, artists could indeed trigger a cultural and social movement.