OCTOBER 8 to 11, 2015
Welcome to the largest and most comprehensive visual arts fair in the Philippines. More than 30 art galleries, including participants from Malaysia, Singapore, and France will be taking part in the 2015 MANILART on Oct. 8 to 11 at SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City.
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).
Works of figurative, abstract, kinetic, and conceptual art, as well as other contemporary movements with thoughtful and sometimes provoking points of view have been a signature contribution of MANILART. This is why the fair is, in essence, a celebration of talent. This year, it will be hosting a reception for the Philippine delegation to the 2015 Venice Biennale. And continuing the thrust to support the art industry, there will be the Metrobank Lecture Series presented by Metrobank Foundation.
A Gathering of Major Galleries in the Industry
With Jonathan Olazo as art fair curator, this year’s exhibitors include Archivo, Arte Pintura, Artery Manila, Artes Orientes, Art for Space, Art Galileia, Artologist, Asian Prime Contemporary, Big and Small, Bruno, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Francesca, Galerie Nicolas, Galerie Raphael, Galerie Y, Gallery Big, Gallery Nine, L’Arc en Ciel, Quattrocento, Renaissance, Vmeme, 1335 Mabini, and 371 Art Space. There will be separate previews for buyers and the press.
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.
Advocacy Beyond Art
Last 2014, MANILART featured the Paglaum Paper Clay Activity by Tacloban artists who survived Typhoon Haiyan. Prior to the fair in Manila, MANILART also held an exhibit at Mariyah Gallery in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental to promote interregional and international art connections that will foster partnership programs. Silliman University also hosted MANILART 2014's Art Caravan, attended by many students and esteemed academe.