OCTOBER 8 to 11, 2015
Welcome to the largest and most comprehensive visual arts fair in the Philippines. Now on its 7th year, MANILART remains the single most-important international venue for the exhibition and promotion of Philippine contemporary art. It is presented by the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
The 2014 fair, which was held at SMX Aura Convention Center from October 16 to 19, included the participation of 37 galleries. They exhibited museum-quality works of figurative, abstract, kinetic, and conceptual art, as well as other contemporary movements. Last year's show proved to be not only a cultural exchange among artists, enthusiasts, and collectors, both local and foreign. More triumphantly, it provided opportunities to tap into international markets for Philippine art and cultivate stronger interest in a whole generation of students. Throughout SM Aura Premier, there were pocket exhibitions that displayed the works of Michael Cacnio, Ramon Orlina, Napoleon Abueva , Agustin Goy, among others. Indeed a testament to the 2014 show's theme: Crossing Borders.
Multiphased, Multivenue Event
MANILART 2014 was a multiphased and multivenue exhibition culminating at SMX Aura. Before the show in Manila last October 16 to 19, MANILART held the Art Caravan in Silliman University in Dumaguete. It included the Salpung Art Exhibition, which featured visual sceneries of the city by Egyptian artist Ibrahim Ghazala. Road shows at Intramuros and SM Megamall followed. Another satellite exhibition featured Cebuano artists led by master artist Romulo Galicano. And a day before show proper, the Endangered Visions International Art Exhibition was launched, also at SMX Aura. It presented arresting original works from 40 foreign and local surrealist artists.
New and Innovative Philippine Talents for the World
One of the main goals of MANILART is to be an incubator of new, diverse, and innovative Philippine talents, so that they can easily connect to an eager market. The 2015 fair is pushing for this goal even more, so keep posted for new names and discoveries that will be showcased.
More Avenues for Public Art, Bringing Art Closer to Public
At MANILART, art appreciation is not an exclusive privilege. The public can readily see artworks without purchasing tickets. This way, people can enjoy and soak in all the art, initiate conversation, and nurture stronger interest. In fact, the 2015 show will see the 4th annual installment of the popular Art Appreciation Walking Tour around the exhibit floor.
Stronger Partnerships in Art, Design, and Advocacy
Last 2014, the fruitful partnership between MANILART and Manila FAME was born. With the support of the Department of Tourism and CITEM, the 2 shows launched the Jeepney Tours, which shuttled guests between the 2 exhibitions. Further, the 2014 shows at MANILART and FAME both featured the Paglaum Paper Clay Activity by Tacloban artists who survived Typhoon Haiyan.