The Newbie's Guide to Art Fair Philippines
Back on its 4th year, Art Fair Philippines 2016 is bigger and better. With more galleries and exhibits that celebrates the best of Philippine contemporary art, this year's Art Fair is set to deliver a multi-layered experience to both art enthusiasts and the general public alike. If you're planning to attend this much-awaited event, read on because we have everything you need to know about this year's Art Fair Philippines.
Entrance for students from Makati City schools is free. Students from outside Makati on the other hand can enter the fair for 50 pesos as long as you bring a valid school ID with you. Ticket price for general admission costs 150 pesos.
Food and drinks are not allowed inside the venue. But don’t worry! Casual dining and beverages are available inside the venue.
Beyond The Link
This year, Art Fair Philippines is offering guided tours that will let you discover Manila’s vibrant local art scene. If you’ve always wanted to visit The National Museum, Ayala Museum, or even Pinto Art Museum but never had the chance, then this is something to check out! You can find the schedules, booking information and further details on their website www.artfairphilippines.com
Adding to the fun, Art Fair PH will hold a series of talks throughout the 4-day event. Well-known artists will speak about their passion, works and inspirations. These talks will be held on the 5th level of The Link and are free of charge for ticket holders of Art Fair Philippines. However, pre-booking for talks is recommended. Again, you may visit www.artfairphilippines.com for the schedule.
There are two floors of exhibitors in the Art Fair so your inner artist will surely be jumping with joy. Exhibits are numbered to make it easier for you to be able to explore all galleries. We highly suggest you start from 1, which is located at the innermost part of the 6th level and then make your way up to the 7th level. For a more detailed layout, a map is available in Art Fair PH’s website.
Here are some of the artworks and installations you must look out for!
Mark Justiniani's mind-boggling installation that will leave you in awe.
Pamela Yan Santos's special exhibit: a place where you can sit down (some even lay down!) or rest at after walking through the fair.
Van Gogh is Bipolar: a calming and wonderful experience you will most definitely enjoy.
Martha Atienza's calming video of the sea.
Mark Salvatus's interactive installation: You will be provided with pencils and a special kind of paper to draw imprints of different coins. The goal is to make the etchings look like constellations as it is pinned on a wall in the fair.
Ling Quisumbing Ramilo's installation made entirely out of pencils.
Read, read, read
Make sure you read the descriptions about the galleries, which are usually plastered on the wall, to help you understand what their exhibit is all about. Some exhibits also give out brochures and pamphlets so make sure you get a hold of one!
Don’t be shy to ask questions!
Each exhibit has someone in charge so if you are curious about the artist or the artwork itself, go over and engage in a conversation with the person assigned to that exhibit. Who knows what you might be able to find out, right? Plus, if you’re extra lucky, you might just be able to talk to the artist himself!
Be sensitive to the people around you.
The fair draws in a lot of people and with everyone trying to take a good look of the artworks and capture an Instagram worthy photo, things can get a bit tight so just be mindful with the people around you.
Make sure to bring extra cash especially if you are an art enthusiast or someone who wants to get into art and study it because National Book Store has a stall in Art Fair Philippines and they have amazing products for you!
Spoil your senses and inspire the artist within you!
Art Fair PH 2016 will run from February 18-21, 2016 at The Link, Carpark Makati City from 10 AM to 9PM daily.