After the success of Art Fair Philippines comes Art in the Park, an affordable and outdoor art fair set in the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village. It’s meant to be more casual than AFP and allows collectors, patrons, supporters, and first-timers to explore the local art scene for free in a laidback atmosphere. This year’s run will be on April 15 and I’m super excited to see what’s going to happen this weekend!
Art in the Park 2018 will feature 59 galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups. In line with its goal of making art more affordable, the fair will cap all works at P50,000, though many of the pieces will be priced much less (I once bought a large-scale painting for roughly P2,000). The fair will also support the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI) and its network by giving a portion of all sales to the MFPI.
The 59 groups showcasing their art will cover various media and styles, so there’s something for everybody. Some of the spaces I’m looking forward to visiting are Ang I.n.K., Archivo 1984, Art Underground, Blanc, CANVAS, Finale Art File, Silverlens, and Vinyl on Vinyl. Of course, I’ll be covering as much ground as possible to discover new artists to follow.
One of the things I look forward to when I visit is the series of special exhibits commissioned by the organizers. This year will feature multimedia artist Tekla Tamoria’s Colony, a group of paper installations that will be scattered throughout the trees around the park. Jacob Lindo’s collage Did You See The Words #4 will be exhibited at the MFPI booth.
For grub, highly-acclaimed chef Margarita Fores will be serving street food along with the other food and beverage concessionaires (vegetarian food will be available!). Soulful Mood will play jazz music throughout the day, and in the evening, patrons can watch Bea Lorenzo perform with her kalimba.
I haven’t missed Art in the Park since 2012 so I’m looking forward to seeing everything this weekend!
This story is in partnership with Art in the Park. Art in the Park is open from 10AM to 10PM. It is organized for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of The Philippines For more information, visit www.artinthepark.ph or its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.