After being delayed early this month, ManilArt is finally opening this week at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier in Taguig City.
 
This year’s exhibit will return with the theme “Continuing Legacies” and open its doors to the Filipino public from October 20 until the 24th.

But apart from its showcase in Taguig, the longest-running art fair in the country, founded in 2009, will also be hosting satellite exhibitions in regional venues that feature local artists. This will include Balai Kalipay in Davao, Likhang Silangan in Rizal, Tarlac Art in Tarlac, and Ricardo’s in Cavite.

For those unable to go physically, you can access the ManilART 2021 by going to www.manilartfair.com. The website features 360° walkthroughs of the 22 participating galleries as well as dedicated virtual events. 

The national art fair will feature exhibits from Galerie Raphael, Galleria Nicolas, Annual Sculpture Review, G9 Online, Art For Space, Nemiranda Arthouse, Ysobel Art Gallery, Galerie Du Soleil, A. Tolentino Art Gallery, Historia Arts, Galerie Artes, Village Art Gallery, 371 Art Space, Renaissance Art Gallery, Galerie Francesca. Presenting as well are Artes Orientes, NQC, Artologist Gallery, Espacio Manila by CMG, Robles Museum, and Art Lounge Manila.

According to ManilART Exhibitor Relations Committee’s Rio Ambrosio, there are a lot more exhibitors willing to participate in this year’s fair, which he attributes to the easing of quarantine protocols and restrictions. 

“The exhibitors are more confident of participating this year, given the current community quarantine protocols,” he said. 

“We’re also expecting to have far more [visitors] than we had last year,” Ambrosio added. 

Initially, the event was scheduled for an earlier outing of October 13 to 17. However, Ambrosio noted that they delayed the fair “in anticipation of a more open BGC.”

At present, BGC and other cities in Metro Manila are under Alert Level 3. 

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