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For the love of art! Metro Manila art events to attend this April

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For the love of art! Metro Manila art events to attend this April

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Scheduled throughout the month are art exhibits, art markets, pottery workshops, and even a journaling event – so it's safe to say that there's something for every kind of art lover out there

MANILA, Philippines – Everybody needs an art fix from time to time, whether you’re viewing it in a gallery, purchasing merch from local artists, or making art yourself. Luckily, there are a ton of different art events lined up this April around Metro Manila!

Scheduled throughout the month are art exhibits, art markets, pottery workshops, and even a journaling event – so it’s safe to say that there’s something for every kind of art lover out there. Take your pick from the list below.

Gravity Art Space’s solo exhibits

Quezon City art gallery Gravity Art Space has three solo exhibits each slated to run from April 2 to April 27: Julieanne Ng’s More | Less, Aze Ong’s Transformation, and Dano Tingcungco’s Extasis Forever.

All solo exhibits will open on April 2 at 6 pm at Gravity Art Space. The gallery is located along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 1 pm to 7 pm.

Makers & Friends

Artists, this one’s for you! Makers & Friends, Makers Festa’s first-ever community event, will feature a variety of fun activities to allow artists to get to know each other through their shared love of art. Attendees can expect to participate in an artist bingo and art trades, and even exercise their creativity at the journaling and origami stations!

Makers & Friends will be held on April 6 from 1 pm to 4 pm at Wabi Sabi Studio in Hallare Building, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. For RSVP details, visit the link in Makers Festa’s Instagram bio.

Boni Viva Luci 

In Bonifacio Global City’s upcoming festival titled Boni Viva Luci, nature comes to life with the help of art and light. Illuminated art pieces and installations by artists and organizations like Isaiah Cacnio, Leeroy New, Puppet Theater Manila, and members of Camera Club of the Philippines, among others, will take center stage at the week-long event.

On Boni Viva Luci’s opening night on Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm, attendees will be treated to a series of live performances by music acts OJ Mariano, Arman Ferrer, Bayang Barrios, and violinist Liz Besana, along with a dance performance by Galaw.Co Dance Theater.

Boni Viva Luci will run from April 6 to 14 at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Entrance is free of charge.

Komiket South

Fresh off Komiket March held at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, the famed comics and art market is heading to Las Piñas! Southies now will be able to cop merch from a great pool of local artists, as well as get their hands on a wide selection of Filipino komiks.

Komiket South will happen from April 12 to 14 at Robinsons Las Piñas. Gates open at 10 am and close at 8 pm on all days. Entrance is free.

Pottery in Aguirre

Pottery studio Bumi and Ashe is set to hold a two-day event that will allow you to live out your rug and pottery dreams! On Day 1, you can tuft your very own rug, while on Day 2, you can create and paint your own mug and even make other ceramics like vases, plates, or bowls.

Pottery in Aguirre will happen on April 13 and 14 at Hungrysans in BF Homes, Parañaque City. Prices start at P2,800.

Pottery at Group & Boiler

Southies, this is your sign to finally take that pottery class! Potherese will be holding a basic handbuilding pottery workshop perfect for beginners. You will be given stoneware clay to create up to two ceramic pieces, access to pottery tools and aprons, paint, access to the glazing and firing service, as well as a beginner-friendly pottery lesson and handbuilding demo.

Potherese’s workshop will be held at Group & Boiler Coffee, Company at the Molito Complex in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on April 14 from 9 am to 12 pm. The workshop is priced at P2,700 for early bird registrants and P2,800 for regular registrants, both inclusive of pottery materials, one drink, and a 10% discount on any food item.

In Bituin

In celebration of its first anniversary, art collective Star Anik will hold “In Bituin: 1 Year of Star Anik,” an art market and a night of live music performances in one event. A total of 19 local artists will be selling their stickers, art prints, and other merch at Paper Lantern on the second floor, while live performances by eight different music acts will happen at Mow’s.

In Bituin will be held at Mow’s and Paper Lantern on April 14. Gates open at 2 pm for the art market, while the live show will kick off at 4 pm. Art market tickets cost P50, while limited walk-in tickets for both the live gig and art market are priced at P400.

Journal Tambay

Missed the first Journal Tambay in January? Fear not, as the memory-keeping event is returning for a second edition in April with a bigger set of artists, different activities, and workshops! Journal Tambay is an all-in-one event where you can buy merch from artists to use for your journal spreads, participate in four different journaling workshops, and journal alongside other attendees.

The artists who will be selling their merch and/or holding workshops for the second Journal Tambay include Art of Our Life, Ella Lama, Marie Lama, Sunny Stoic Studio, Louise Ramos, Nica Cosio, Alfajone, Aireescreates, Everyday Explorers Co., MabuhayDIY, and Eden Street. Practical Magic will also be there to do tarot readings.

Journal Tambay will be held at Odd Café in Makati City on April 20, from 11 am to 6 pm. Access to the pop-up is free, while access to the journaling area costs P50. Each workshop is priced at P200. As of this writing, all slots are currently full, but the organizers have opened up a waitlist form should they be able to accommodate more attendees.

Sticky Expo

If you’ve ever resonated with the reverse of the saying, “Ang sticker, dinidikit, hindi tinatago (Stickers are meant to be stuck, not kept),” Sticky Expo is the place to be. The arts and crafts event’s April edition will have a big lineup of artists selling stickers, original fan art, art prints, pins, keychains, and numerous other handicrafts!

Sticky Expo will happen at the activity center on the ground floor of Ayala Malls Manila Bay from April 20 to April 21 from 10 am to 8 pm. Entrance is free on both days.

Pottery at Greenbelt

Unable to go to the pottery workshops scheduled earlier? Bumi and Ashe will also be holding a pottery workshop at Greenbelt 3 from April 20 to 21! A beginner-friendly event, the workshop’s participants will be able to create one mug for the mug-making segment, and three of any kind of ceramic piece for the handbuilding one.

You may book your slot at Bumi and Ashe’s website.

Naburok’s solo exhibit

Artist Naburok will be having a solo exhibition at Galerie Stephanie in the month of April. Marked by vibrant pastel colors and geometric shapes, Naburok’s art sees her blue-haired main character – also named Naburok – at the center of her works, both digital and traditional.

Galerie Stephanie is located on the 6th floor of Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. As of writing, an exact exhibition date has yet to be announced. –

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