What you need to know to make the most of this year’s #ArtFairPH

What you need to know to make the most of this year’s #ArtFairPH

Every year they say it’s bigger than the last one, but for real, it is.

Never mind that you’ve been before — this time it’s going to be different. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect at the biggest art event of the year.

For the virgins and the veterans: what’s new with #ArtFairPH?

Art Fair Philippines is the premier art event in the country. It showcases Philippine art as well as art from the region. On its sixth edition, this year’s fair promises to be bigger and bolder, with the inauguration of a new photography section, a perfect addition for a generation of visual curators. This edition showcases the works of local legend Neal Oshima and Filipino-Catalan photographer Eduardo Masferre. Both pay visual tribute to Philippine tribes and indigenous traditions.

The show by Filipino-Catalan photographer Eduardo Masferre features photos taken between 1934 to 1956 in the Cordillera Mountains.

This is the biggest Art Fair ever, which they probably say every year, but this time they really mean it. Five floors of fine art.

All available space of the car park will be converted to a multi-level exhibition venue, whereas before it was just one or two floors. The third floor acts as a receiving area, while the fourth floor houses the booths care of their partners, Swiss private bank Julius Baer, and The Philippine STAR.

The fifth ‘til the seventh floor are the exhibition floors, showcasing works from 51 different galleries, while the lectures and talks will be held at the roof deck.

Very important: there will be organized entry time, but you can exit any time.

You came there to see the art, and not a sea of heads. When you buy a ticket for the Art Fair, you will choose among the three time periods: 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., and 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.. Guests may leave the fair at their own convenience. This means that if you buy a 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ticket, you can leave at 4:00 p.m. if you so wish.

Pro-tip: free guided tours will start at 11 a.m..

  • Beat the crowds — buy your tickets online

Skip the hassle and make like a pro: buy your tickets online via their website, since walk-in slots are limited. Tickets can be purchased online up to 24 hours before the chosen date of entry.

Regular tickets go for P350. Student discounts are only are available at the reception area as they require the presentation of an ID. Regular students with ID pay P150. Makati students with ID pay P100.

  • Look out for their talks, tours, and other projects.

Catch lectures and talks by collectors, curators, and creators. There are 11 sessions spread over the four days, one each for 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m..

Go on a tour. Art Fair Philippines’ mission to provide the platform for Filipino artists doesn’t end in the Link parking lot. They’ve partnered with the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines for tours to museums in the Metro straight from the Fair.

Check out their 10 Days of Art initiative. 10 Days of Art is a series of events all over Metro Manila from Feb. 23 to March 4. It features a variety of gallery and museum exhibitions, as well as public art. Watch out for installations by the likes of Martha Atienza (Tower One and Exchange Plaza), Leeroy New (Ayala Center Walkway), and Reg Yuson (Greenbelt 5).

Sign up for the Art Fair newsletter on their website for updates regarding the schedule of their talks and tours. Inquire at the reception on the third floor for more information.

Spot the public art installations, on view for a limited time only, during 10DaysOfArt. Here’s Our Islands 11°16’58.4_N 123°45’07.0_E by Martha Atienza

This year’s #ArtFairPH is happening on March 1-4, at The Link Parking Lot, Makati. Follow Art Fair Philippines on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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