The plans for the new artist corner are still being worked on. I do promise you that it will come to fruition, and when it's finished, it will be more than just a subforum.
There are certain things that stand in the way, such as a site overhaul, which Jude has been working on. But he's only one programmer and there's an awful lot on his plate.
As far as your idea goes, I like it, but it seems like we only have a handful of people right now capable of pulling off the project. I would hope to have more artists and writers before attempting such a laborious project.
That's more than 10.