Now on its fourth year, Art Fair Philippines 2016 pushes the envelope further as it once again transforms Makati into a destination for creativity.
When someone mentions Makati, bankers walking along Ayala Avenue may be the first image that enters your head. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Give the city a closer look— Makati is also a city for artists.
Consider: the works of art scattered along its many pockets. The vibrant and technicolored murals on the Dela Rosa walkway. The playful shapes hanging from the trees of Greenbelt Park. The grungy fanzines on sale at The Collective.
In the past 10 years, Makati has become a playground for creators, with activities on offer that surely attracts culture vultures.
Shops, museums, and galleries have mushroomed across its streets. The Ayala Museum and the Yuchengco Museum exhibit artifacts that speak volumes about the artistry of Filipinos. Plays, gigs, poetry-reading sessions, art classes, book launches, and artisanal seminars are regularly held within the city, offering not just entertainment but also championing local talent.
Makati is also where regional and global artists stay during their visits to the Philippines.
From the most tenured of artists to the occassional dabbler, Makati has truly become a venue where creators of all stripes can express their art.
Indeed, one can say that in Makati, art is a living thing.
It is therefore fitting that Art Fair Philippines 2016, which features the best of Philippine contemporary art, will be kicking off in Makati from Feb. 18 to 21. Art Fair Philippines coincides with National Arts Month, which is observed during the month of February.
Since its inception in 2013, Art Fair Philippines has become a signature Makati attraction.
This year, the four-day festival will welcome even more participants as it spreads out to another floor of The Link, the car park facility in Ayala Center, Makati, at the heart of the country’s financial hub.
Says Meean Dy, Senior Vice President of Ayala Land and Group Head of Strategic Landbank Management, “We have been hosting the Art Fair Philippines since 2013 and it has allowed us to showcase the greatness of local Filipino artistic talent, a way of declaring our belief this must always be encouraged and supported. It allows for art to be accessible to the public-families, office workers, even the younger millennial generation is exposed to a global, competitive art scene. Art Fair Philippines puts the Philippines on the map alongside international counterparts.”
To complement the gallery offerings, a curated section of solo presentations by critically and commercially successful artists will be installed throughout the two levels of the main fair.
A third level of the fair will be devoted to its educational component, ArtFairPh/Talks. It will house a lecture theater for daily talks on art history, the art market, and current practices in contemporary art. Art Fair Philippines teams up with the Ateneo Art Gallery to bring these conversations to life.
To complete the gallery offerings, Brisbanebased Filipino husband and wife tandem Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan will headline the fair’s Special Exhibits, coming in with an impressive profile of participating in critically-lauded art events around the globe.
Also included in the lineup are Nona Garcia, Mark Justiniani, Martha Atienza, At Maculangan, Raffy Napay, Mac Valdezco, and Pamela Yan Santos.