To accommodate the growing local audience for visual art, Art Fair Philippines (ArtFairPH) 2018 will spread out over six levels of The Link in Makati, taking over all available floors. The carpark building will once again morph into a multi-level exhibition venue as 51 participating galleries showcase the best in modern and contemporary Philippine art from March 1 to 4, 2018.
Now on its sixth edition, ArtFairPH will introduce a new section, ArtFairPH/Photo. This focus aims to increase awareness for photography as contemporary art and expand its collectability among Filipinos.
“We feel that the time is right to do this, as the fair has opened up the exposure of Manila’s audience to various visual art practices. Hopefully, photography can finally find its place in our local art scene,” fair co-founder Lisa Periquet noted.
ArtFairPH /Talks and ArtFairPH /Tours, the fair’s programs organized in conjunction with the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines respectively, will continue to support the fair’s educational component.
Another highlight of the fair, ArtFairPH/Projects, are new commissions from internationally established practitioners. Participating artists will be announced in February 2018.
Continuing to complement the fair is the 10 Days of Art initiative, a series of events and museum openings around Metro Manila to celebrate art beyond the venue of the fair in the days leading up to its opening.
The galleries participating in Art Fair Philippines 2018 include 1335 Mabini, Asian Cultural Council Philippines/León Gallery, Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, Archivo, ARDNT, Art Cube, Art Lab, Art Underground, Art Verite, Artemis Art Gallery, Artery Art Space, Artinformal, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Finale Art File, Fost Gallery, Gajah Gallery, GaleríaCayón, Galerie Anna, Galerie Stephanie, Galleria Duemila, Gallery Kogure, Gallery Orange, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, Mind Set Art Center, MO_space, Nunu Fine Art, Paseo Art Gallery, Pinto Art Gallery, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, SOKA, STPI, Taksu Gallery, The Crucible Gallery, The Drawing Room, Tin-aw Art Gallery, Underground Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, Viva ExCon, West Gallery, XuArtspace, Yavuz Gallery, YOD Gallery and Ysobel Art Gallery.
“With the record attendance of Art Fair Philippines 2017, we’ve seen how the interest in Philippine contemporary art has grown. Securing a bigger space is the natural next step for us not only to expand our reach but also to be able to shine the spotlight on more artists,” shared, Dindin Araneta, ArtFairPH co-founder.
TrickieLopa, also the fair’s co-founder finally added, “This expansion allows us to stay true to our mission of developing the audiences for contemporary art. And we are very excited to stage our biggest show yet!”