MANILA -- Adapting to the "new normal" caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Art in the Park will be held online for the first time this August.
The country's affordable art fair will run from August 10 to 17 at the Art in the Park website. In a statement released Thursday, organizers said 53 exhibitors representing galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups will showcase a wide range of artworks.
These include Ang I.n.K., Archivo 1984, Arnold Art Collection, ART for Space Gallery, ART LAB: Atelier Cesare and Jean Marie Syjuco, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Art Wednesday, Artepintura Gallery, Artery Art Space, Association of Pinoyprintmakers, and Avellana Art Gallery.
Other participants include Blanc, Boston Art Gallery, Cevio Art Haus, District Gallery, Famous Artists, Far Eastern University, Galeria de las Islas, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Stephanie, Kulay Art Group, Los Nuevos Conquistadores, J Studio, KASIBULAN, M A G, Mono8 Gallery, Museum Foundation of the Philippines - Joe Geraldo works and Carlo Villafuerte's jewelry, Nineveh Artspace, Nord Anglia International School, Potters' Group - Jon Pettyjohn, Potters' Group - EJ Espiritu, Potters' Group - Sagada, and Potters' Group - Joey De Castro.
Completing the lineup are Project 20 Maginhawa, Orange Project, Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery, Sheerjoy, Silverlens, Space Encounters, T.U.P Fine Arts, The Authenticity Zero, The Mighty Bhutens, The Photography Zone, The Thursday Group, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Village Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, UP College of Fine Arts, vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery.
Just like in previous years, prices are capped at P50,000, with a portion of the proceeds from sales to be donated to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of their projects and programs.
This year, Art in the Park continues its partnership with Globe to present a special exhibit titled "Isometric Ay! lah, lah, land..." featuring the colorful prints and paintings of artist Richard Quebral.
Quebral will also offer visitors a glimpse into his art-making process through a series of videos that will be launched on Art in the Park's website and social media accounts. On August 16, he will have a live auction of his largest painting among the five he made for the fair.
A collection of works from Reena Gabriel will also be available for Globe Platinum members.
Another collaboration with Bank of the Philippine Islands, on the other hand, will bring a virtual demonstration of Jackie Lozano's mode of portraiture. Also part of the lineup is a performance by Fifth Wall Fest, a group that seeks to introduce Philippine audiences to dance films as an art form.
Other special exhibits at the first online Art in the Park include "Garapata Hatchery," where artist Dex Fernandez will create a paper mural that he will section into 22 artworks.
Artist and illustrator Robert Alejandro, meanwhile, will also be conducting live online sessions on Art in the Park's social media accounts.
To offer the "complete" Art in the Park experience, there will be an online musical performance by independent singer-songwriter and guitarist Martti Franca on the fair's closing day.
A selection of food and drinks, as well as special promos from Art in the Park F&B, partners will also be available.