Art in the Park 2014: More art, bigger space
MANILA, Philippines – Along with the heat of summer season comes another event that art-lovers wait for each year. Art in the Park (AIP) is on its 8th year this March, bringing artists and art-lovers together at an outdoor venue where art can be seen and experienced in a casual and free environment.
On Sunday, March 23, from 10 am to 10 pm, AIP will take over the entire space of Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City. This follows the success of the recently concluded Art Fair Philippines in late February.
58 galleries, art schools, independent art groups, and collectives will be joining this year's event, filling the park with paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture as well as collectible toys, stoneware, and artfully repurposed furniture.
One thing that attracts artists and buyers to the annual event and makes it different from other exhibitions is the assurance that everything on sale that day will not exceed P30,000. After all, the organizers' aim is to make art accessible and more affordable to people who want to own distinct pieces made by homegrown Filipino artists. Artists meanwhile can use the event to experiment and interact with the market.
Lisa Periquet, one of the people behind AIP, notes how after 8 years, the event has had a good reputation in the Philippine art scene, with artists preparing for the event months before and creating pieces specially for the event.
Dubbed as the country's 'affordable art fair,' Periquet says it takes a lot to organize the one day event and give the fair-goers something new to see every year.
"We keep it fresh and interesting. We try to do that by having installations that are different each year. So that there's new stuff to see," she says. "There's so much interest – not just from those who want to buy art but from artists. They want to show off their work because it's [the event] relaxed."
AIP will be bringing art galleries and groups out of their rigid walls, bringing them into an open, grassy space where people who would like to get to know art better can dip their toes into the water.
Not into buying just yet? Periquet says that's okay. AIP is a chance to meet artists, gallery owners, and fellow art lovers over food, wine, and live music which will all be available at the event as well.
Art In The Park 2014 participants include AAP-UST CFAD JC, Aimless, Altro Mondo Gallery, Ang I.n.K., Art Informal, Art Lab, Art Verite Gallery, Art Wednesday, ART4S Gallery, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Cevio Art Haus, DLSU College of St. Benilde, Espasyo Siningdikato, Famous Artists, FEATI University School of Fine Arts, FEU Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts, Finale Art File, Galeria de las Islas, Galerie Artes, Galerie Astra, Gallery Frames, Gallery Orange, Kanto Artist Run Space, Kulay Art Group, L’Arc en Ciel Gallery, Lemuria, M A G, Mendez Big and Small Art Co., Metro Gallery, Nineveh Artspace, Neo-AngonoArtists Collective, Ortigas Foundation, Inc., Parokyano ng Malabon, Pete Jimenez, Potter’s Group, Ral Arrogante, Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery, Secret Fresh, Sheerjoy, Silverlens, Studio 1616, Studio Bohemia, Suez and Zapote Gallery, t.art, TCAG, The Mighty Bhutens, The Thursday Group, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, TUP Fine Arts, TutoK, UP College of Fine Arts, uneARThed. and Framelogic, Vinyl on Vinyl, vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery, Zone Five Camera Club.
Art in the Park will be on March 23, from 10 am to 10 pm at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City.