Bringing together exciting online and onsite events, the Art Fair Philippines is back and will run from March 23 to April 1, 2022. Here’s what to expect.

After a two-year pause in face-to-face activities and events, the country is gradually going back to normal with revenge travel, dining out, and now, a cultural art experience—like the upcoming Art Fair 2022, for example.

A much-anticipated annual event in the art community, the Art Fair Philippines is back this year—with both physical installations and virtual activities for an overall hybrid experience. And although past art fairs were set in Manila, this time, it extended its reach on a more global scale, with events happening in other locations both here and abroad.

Happening from March 23 to April 1, 2022, you can expect a diverse lineup of exhibitors to physical installations and artworks, as well as virtual NFTs and more—truly a must for art enthusiasts, fans, collectors, and artists alike.

Art Fair Philippines: A Melting Pot of Artists

With 46 exhibitors slated for this year’s art fair, you can expect a diverse mix of both local and international artists. In this year’s lineup of Philippine exhibitors, a mix of some of the country’s up-and-coming galleries, as well as big names in the field will be present. These include:

  • 1335Mabini
  • Altro Mondo Gallery
  • Art Cube Gallery
  • Art Elaan
  • Art For Space
  • Art Underground
  • Art Verite Gallery
  • Artery Art Space
  • Avellana Art Gallery
  • Boston Art Gallery
  • CANVAS
  • District Gallery
  • Eskinita Gallery
  • Galerie Roberto
  • Galerie Stephanie
  • Grounded Holistic Arts and Culture Studio
  • J Studio
  • Kaida Contemporary
  • León Gallery
  • Luzviminda
  • Modeka
  • MONO8 Gallery
  • Paseo Art Gallery
  • Pinaglabanan X
  • Qube Gallery
  • Salcedo Private View
  • Secret Fresh, Silverlens
  • Strange Fruit
  • The Crucible Gallery
  • Tin-aw
  • The Metro Gallery
  • White Walls Gallery
  • Ysobel Art Gallery

Additionally, 6 international galleries will be joining Art Fair Philippines 2022, namely:

  • Art Agenda (Singapore/Jakarta)
  • Gajah Gallery (Singapore/Yogyakarta)
  • Mayoral (Paris/Barcelona)
  • Yavuz Gallery (Singapore/Sydney)
  • Gallery Kogure (Tokyo)
  • YOD Gallery (Osaka)

What’s more, NFT galleries A/terhen and Cyber Baat will be present, too, while art groups from around the Philippines will join the fair to highlight regional art. These include Ibagiw Art Fest x Gallery 2600 (Luzon), VIVA ExCon Dasun Bacolod x Orange Project (Visayas), Langgikit x Museo De Oro x Art Portal Gallery (Mindanao), and Lawig-diwa x Gallery Down South (Mindanao).

Special Exhibits to Watch Out For

What’s more, the spotlight is on the featured artists in Ayala Triangle Gardens—the place to be. With a special exhibit to highlight some of the art industry’s finest, expect works by the late Arô Soriano and noted social realist Nune Alvarado.

Both internationally established and rising Filipino visual artists, like Bjorn Calleja, Johanna Helmuth, Ryan Jara, Doktor Karayom, Tyang Karyel, Aze Ong, Wyndelle Remonde, also take center stage in this year’s exhibit.

Film buffs and photo fanatics can also visit the fair’s ArtFairPH/Photo section. Curated by Neal Oshima, Michael Salientes, Mark Nicdao, and Gio Panlilio, this physical exhibit is entitled “Tattoos, Ternos, and Couture, A Celebration of Philippine Fashion Photography.”

On the other hand, works by chosen artists for #ArtFairPH/Residencies—like Derek Tumala for Manila Observatory, Hannah Nantes for Linangan Art Residency, Jao San Pedro for Emerging Islands, Alwin Reamillo for Orange Project, and Faye Abantao for Butanding Barrio—will also be displayed.

Launched in 2021—in partnership with the makers of Don Papa Rum—ArtFairPH/Residencies is an avenue for all Filipino artists across all disciplines to showcase their works. The application period for this year will be from March 23 to April 23 and the chosen artists will be announced by May 20, 2022.

The Digital Side

Beyond the physical—from paintings to mixed media works, sculptures, and installations—Art Fair Philippines also introduces a virtual art experience in Ayala Triangle Gardens, where guests can follow an augmented reality (AR) art trail using the Daata AR app. Curated by Daata, this digital-meets-physical show lets you discover ground-breaking artists and newly commissioned artworks like artist Leeroy New and author Eliza Victoria.

Here, two stories are presented. The first one—“Aparisyon (Apparition)”—was named after Leeroy New’s artwork. Inspired by the Philippines’ thriving speculative fiction, his AR art trail brings to life the sculpture that he made with discarded plastic bottles during the pandemic. It takes on the shape of an extinct animalistic creature from another universe—one facing a climate emergency like us—as a foreshadowing of a future brought about by climate disasters.

On the other hand, Eliza Victoria’s story, entitled “Let Me Hold Your Hand,” uses elements of portal fantasy and the people who lose themselves in these enchanted realms. Narrated by a woman who escapes an enchanted realm with lingering trauma from her experience, this AR art trail centers on language, illness, betrayal, and forgiveness.

“As the world opens up to more activities, Art Fair Philippines strongly encourages its visitors to take time and visit the physical spaces of its exhibitors and experience art live,” the fair said in a statement. “[Thus], we’ve organized our exhibitors via their locations to enable art lovers to optimize their schedules throughout the fair’s run.”

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For more information on this year’s program and schedule of activities, you may visit the Art Fair Philippines’ website www.artfairphilippines.com and follow Art Fair Philippines on Instagram and Facebook.