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Taiwan artists to auction work for queer refugees

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Twenty artists will work at a daylong event in Taipei on Sunday to raise money for queer refugees in Germany.

Artists Bridge the Gap IV, the latest live event organized by Red Room, collects local and expatriate artists to make pieces this Sunday to be sold for charity.

"It's perhaps good marketing for (the artists), but they are donating their time and don't receive a percentage of sales from their work," said Sharon Landon, a coordinator at Red Room.

All proceeds from the auction go to the Germany-based Queer Refugees Network Leipzig, a non-governmental organization that helps resettle Middle Eastern refugees who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender).

Proceeds from past events in the series have gone to support Red Room programming and reconstruction after Typhoon Morakot in 2009 and the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Artist Lineup

This Sunday starting at 11 a.m., 20 artists will paint onsite at the Taiwan Air Force Innovation Base, accompanied by live music, theater and other entertainment.

The lineup features caricaturist Jade Liu, painter Roma Mehta and Napat Inkapairoj, a watercolorist from Bangkok best-known for her stills of animals.

There are long-term expatriates like Jonny Green, a naïve art designer from the United Kingdom, and local artists including experimental painter Leon Zhou (周永祐).

Visitors can interact with the artists and ask questions about the pieces, which are auctioned off later.

Live entertainment includes performances by All's Well Theatre Troupe; former Cirque Du Soleil dancer Billy Chang; Paiwan-Amis ensemble Mafana; and The Detentions, a David Bowie cover band.

For more information about the event, see http://redroomtaipei.com/.

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