In celebration of its 8th year, ManilArt, the country’s longest-running art fair, will be gathering the best in Philippine creativity and artistry from across the regions, which is the only way to practice inclusivity and decentralization given the theme: “Ushering in a New Golden Age of Filipino Art.”
With the support of local and international galleries, ManilArt continues to function as a way of capturing the dynamism and diversity of the local art scene, but also as a way of building a productive art community. With works by up-and-coming artists as well as established trailblazers and respected icons, the inclusive nature of ManilArt remains as its distinct asset.
No other art fair or art event in the country is able to gather this breadth and scope of Philippine talent, including those from the regions, and across the various ethno linguistic groups. It is also an opportunity to see the works of chosen international artists, an education in itself for our local artists, students, and spectators. This year, sculptor Danny Rayos del Sol is functioning as overall curator of the art fair.
Other than exhibitions, the 8th ManilArt 2016 will also continue with its initiatives that work towards creating more awareness about and appreciation for Philippine art including but not limited to art caravans, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, and guided tours. Art conservator and UP-College of Fine Arts faculty member, Lyn Yusi-Olazo, will head this year’s Walking Tour—a ManilArt tradition.
Participating galleries for this year’s ManilArt are 1335 Mabini, 371 Art Space, Art For Space, Art Galileia, Arte Pintura, Artes Orientes, Artologist, Galeria Lienzo, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Francesca, Galerie Raphael, Galerie Y, Galleria Nicolas, Galleria Quattrocento, Gallery Circa, Gallery CMG, Gallery Nine, Legacy Art Gallery, Reflections Gallery, Renaissance Gallery, Secret Fresh, Vmeme, and Ysobel Gallery.
International exhibitors are 1st.iKON showcasing artworks by various Korean abstractionists, the Embassy of Armenia which will showcase works of Armenian artists, and Bruno Gallery of the Bruno Art Group which will present works by Argentinian artists Adriana Naveh and Calman Shemi, Azerbaijani artist SlavaIlyayev, and Israeli artists Uri Dushy and David Gerstein.
The 8th ManilArt 2016 will open with a special press preview and reception on October 6 with Digong’s Café by Via Mare serving the “SONA Menu.” The by-invitation-only event will be hosted by ManilArt 2016’s Public and Media Relations Consultant, Daphne Oseña-Paez
It will be open to the public from October 7 to 9 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Taguig.