Touted as the country’s most popular affordable art fair, Art in the Park is celebrating its 15th anniversary with eight days of art, 60 exhibitors, and more than 6,000 artworks by hundreds of established and up-and-coming Filipino artists.
Long recognized as the pinnacle of Singapore’s visual arts scene, Singapore Art Week (SAW) returns in the new year, this time transporting art from gallery walls and physical spaces into the digital and virtual domain. Happening from January 22 to 30, 2021, SAW 2021 is a joint initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
From August 10 to 17, Art in the Park, the country’s most anticipated affordable art fair, will go online for its first virtual edition at www.artinthepark.ph. That’s eight days of affordable art featuring over 2,600 art pieces, with new works to be uploaded daily.
As in previous years, prices of artworks are still capped at P50,000.00, and Art in the Park Online will continue to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of their projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.
Here’s what to expect at this year’s Art in the Park 2020 Online:
I have made it my pilgrimage to visit Art Fair Philippines. I have not missed a single once since 2013 and I’m glad I made it to this year’s edition. I found this run more exciting, especially the Special Projects section, which was tastefully curated by Norman Crisologo. The way the section was exhibited was cohesive, so moving from one exhibit to another felt more seamless.
This year had 61 galleries (compared to 52 last year) but the fair felt spacious and I was less overwhelmed. As a result, I was able to connect deeper to the pieces and find artwork that spoke to me. My friend Marz Aglipay, the head of digital content at Art+ magazine, has a tip: Start from the top and head your way down, ending the show with the Special Projects section.
I’m not a big fan of summer but one of the things I look forward to during the season is Art in the Park, the country’s most-awaited affordable art fair. It’s held every year at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati, and it’s a great way to explore the Philippine art scene in the refreshing space of a park. Entrance is free of charge so everyone is welcome!
This year’s run will be just as special with a good mix of art, food, special exhibits, and music. Here are things you should look out for at Art in the Park 2019 on March 17:
One of the things I looked forward to this year is Art Fair 2019. It’s the biggest art event in the country, inviting 52 galleries to exhibit the best of Philippine and regional art at The Link Carpark in Makati. From February 22 to 24, you can see the breadth of local art and all its styles and movements. If you’re strategic about it, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed trying to see all the pieces spread across five floors.
For many of us who grew up prior to technology and social media, the study of history can be boring. Luckily, advances in science have made this important subject fun and even interactive! That’s what I Am Cardboard did when they created another virtual reality diorama in partnership with the Ayala Museum, this time focusing on Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio.
I like it when institutions take art out of the intimidating space of the museum and gallery and put it in high-traffic areas for everyday people to see. Not only does it make a space more beautiful, it allows people to see how talented Filipino artists are. It makes my heart swell with pride when I hear record-breaking visits to Art in the Park and Art Fair Philippines.
SM is joining the movement to bring art to everyone with Art For Everyone, a week-long exhibit across 23 SM Malls to showcase the talent of local artists. I got to visit the exhibit in SM Aura, where they featured works curated by the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS), a non-profit aimed to promote children’s literacy, explore national identity, and deepen public appreciation for Philippine art, culture, and the environment.