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Art Fair Philippines returns with more artists, talks

The country’s premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art is preparing to welcome more visitors. The sixth edition of Art Fair Philippines will maximize the carpark building by converting all its available space into a multi-level exhibition venue with a floor area totaling more than 13,000 sqm. over several floors.

For a more organized flow of visitors, Art Fair Philippines 2018 will have timed entry periods for the public fair days: 10:00am to 1:30pm, 2:00 to 5:00pm, and 5:30 to 9:00pm. Guests may stay at the fair and appreciate the art as long as they wish, and they may leave at their own convenience. Tickets can be purchased online up to 24 hours before the chosen date of entry.

“Last year, we welcomed more than 40,000 visitors, and we’ve seen how the interest in Philippine contemporary art has grown. Our move to secure a bigger space and oversee access to the fair will allow us to enhance the viewing experience of our visitors and help ensure that artwork can be properly appreciated,” says Trickie Lopa, fair co-founder.

A total of 51 galleries, 36 of which are local, will be participating in Art Fair Philippines 2018. These include 1335MABINI, Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, Archivo 1984, ARNDT, ART CUBE GALLERY, ART LAB: Atelier Cesare & Jean Marie Syjuco, Art Underground, Art Verité Gallery, Artemis Art, ARTERY ART SPACE, Artinformal, Asian Cultural Council / Leon Gallery, Avellana Art Gallery, blanc, BOSTON ART GALLERY, CANVAS, Cayón, DECK, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Everyday Impunity, Finale Art File, FOST Gallery, Gajah Gallery (Singapore/Yogyakarta), Galerie Anna, Galerie Stephanie, Galleria Duemila, GALLERY KOGURE Tokyo / NYC, GALLERY ORANGE, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, Mind Set Art Center, MO_Space, NUNU FINE ART, PASEO ART GALLERY, PINTÔ ART MUSEUM, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, SOKA ART, STPI, TAKSU, The Crucible, The Drawing Room, Tin-aw Art, Underground, Vinyl on Vinyl, VIVA EXCON, West Gallery, Yavuz Gallery, YOD + Kogure, and YSOBEL ART GALLERY.

Talks, Tours, Projects

Another highlight of the fair, ArtFairPH/Projects, are new commissions from up-and-coming, mid-career and established artists. This year, ArtFairPH/Projects will also show installation works by filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, a group of three social-realist artists: Pablo Baen Santos, Antipas Delovato and Renato Habulan, Cordillera-based artist Leonard Aguinaldo, conceptual artists Nilo Ilarde, Lyra Garcellano, and Alvin Zafra.

Supporting the fair’s educational component are ArtFairPH/Talks and ArtFairPH/Tours organized in conjunction with the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines respectively. Art Fair Philippines 2018 will offer three talks on each of the four public fair days.

Art Fair Philippines founders Trickie Lopa, Lisa Periquet, Dindin Araneta

“This year, the opportunity to learn in Art Fair Philippines has also gotten bigger,” shares fair co-founder Dindin Araneta. “We’ve developed our educational thrust over the years to accommodate the growing and eager audience for this aspect of the fair.”

Continuing to complement the fair is the 10 Days of Art initiative, a series of events and museum openings around Metro Manila to celebrate art beyond the venue of the fair in the days leading up to its opening.

For more information, please visit or follow Art Fair Philippines on Instagram (@artfairph) and Facebook (

Art Fair Philippines 2018 is co-presented by Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Platinum, and Julius Baer.

Art Fair Philippines 2018 is happening on March 1 to 4 at The Link carpark in Makati City.

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