Now on its seventh year, Art Fair Philippines is reaching a wider audience with a more inclusive lineup of artworks, photographs and interactive exhibits that aim to offer a unique and enriching experience — for both art enthusiasts and the mildly curious.
1. Choose your top artists beforehand
Do you know which major rides you want to catch before entering a theme park? Apply the same strategy with the Art Fair. Check out their official hashtag #ArtFairPH on social media to see if there are crowd favorites that you may want to prioritize. Tick your must-see exhibits (artfairphilippines.com/afp-exhibitors) first before exploring the rest. Check out this year’s highlight: ARTFAIRPH/PROJECTS, works commissioned just for the fair: artfairphilippines.com/art-fair-ph-projects.
If it’s your first time to attend, we also recommend photographer Adriana Griner’s free guided tours daily from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Slots are limited, so come early!
2. Take the stairs, but also take breaks
Avoid the ridiculously long elevator queue by taking the stairs. The whole fair spans from the fourth to seventh floor. That stairmaster workout equivalent, coupled with exploring and artwork analyzing might make you feel exhausted — especially if your goal is to see all 52 exhibits. Pace yourself. Take a break after every floor so that you won’t get art-ed out. There are mini bars, pop-up restos, and coffee shops around the fair. Some are even decked out to look like they’re part of the exhibits.
3. Instagram with caution
With 36 local galleries and 16 international galleries in the fair, expect plenty of artworks to pop out, making you want to curate your own Instagram feed and stories. Just make sure you read the Art Fair Etiquette on the fourth floor, which requests that both children and adults take caution not to trample on, or damage any of the works while taking a selfie for the ‘gram. You break it, you bought it.
4. Reach out and touch something…
…but not everything. There are several interactive installations, such as David Medalla’s “A Stitch In Time,” where you may sew a trace of yourself onto a huge swathe of canvas hanging at the center of the fourth floor; the late Ray Albano’s “Step on the Sand and Make Footprints,” which is exactly as it describes; Jim Oreno’s “Healing Grounds,” where you may step on the fallen leaves that cover the floor surrounding the painting; and the “Flipping Out” flipbooks at Mo_Space.
5. Support an advocacy
Some artists used their exhibits to bring awareness to their personal advocacies. Daniel Dela Cruz’s “Finding The Light” exhibit hidden in the seventh floor is hailed by mental health advocates as one of the standout multimedia exhibits of the fair. Also check out the anti-plastic, environmental messages of the artists at Underground (Exhibit #49), and Olivia D’Aboville’s “Everything, Everywhere, Everyone”, which is made entirely of single-use plastics.
6. Attend the talks
A small auditorium in the 5/F is reserved for the daily art talks, in collaboration with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines. The two-hour talks from conversations with artists to learning about freelance tax, include speakers such as Dr. Kathryn Calley Galitz, author of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings and Felipe Botero, grandson of the renowned Colombian artist: artfairphilippines.com/art-fair-ph-talks
7. Don’t miss the works of the late greats
Art Fair pays tribute to some of the greatest Filipino artists who are no longer with us, such as Jose “Joe” V. Ayala, Jr. (1932-2002), Ray Albano (1947-1985), and Mauro “Malang” Santos (1928-2017).
Art Fair Philippines runs from February 22-24, 2019, 10:00am to 9:00pm, 4/F-7/F of The Link Carpark, Ayala Mall Center, Makati. Online ticket reservation is closed, but you may still purchase tickets at 4/F for P350 (regular adult) or P250 (students, seniors, and PWD). artfairphilippines.com; fb.com/artfairph