Art Fair Philippines opens new sections, aims to ‘develop younger artists’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) — Staying true to its mission of expanding the audience for visual art, Art Fair Philippines has opened this year with three new sections to “enhance art appreciation,” and deepen exposure to art, especially among the younger generation.

The fair runs on February 21 to 23.

“We realized that a lot are more than just enthusiasts. They want to experience the process of art making,” Art Fair Philippines cofounder Trickie Lopa told CNN Philippines via phone call.

Art Fair Philippines has opened three new sections, namely, Open Studios, Film, and Incubators. The Open Studios and Film sections will present workshops and demos. The Incubators section includes creative spaces outside the mainstream gallery format.

Lopa said the mission of the fair that has been running for eight years now is to “develop an audience for Philippine visual art.”

“We did not have cultural events like this when we were young. We are thinking about the younger generation here,” she added.

Open Studios complements the Talks section. There is a two-day workshop on photography with Paco Guerrero. A workshop on lighting techniques for photographers will also be conducted with Neal Oshima and Mark Nicdao.

There will be a demo on watercolor painting techniques with Claude Tayag, cyanotype workshop with Alexis Oshima and Angela Silva, rubber cutting workshop with Association of Pinoyprintmakers, and a sculptural planter-making workshop with Rita Gudiño of Tahanan Pottery.

The Film section is curated by Erwin Romulo, Philbert Dy, and Teddy Co. The section “acknowledges that cinema is evolving” like any art form. The section aims to celebrate the last 100 years of Philippine Cinema.

The Incubators section welcomes the participation of incubator spaces where “art is practiced in non-traditional venues,” as explained by Lopa.

Art Fair Philippines 2020 edition happens at The Link carpark in Makati City until Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.