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Everything You Need to Know About Art Fair Philippines 2022

The premier art fair kicks off on March 23 and will run until April 1.

In the past two years, we've seen Art Fair Philippines adapt to the restrictive world due to the pandemic. Well, things are better now… not 100 percent but certainly better and that means we're getting the first physical exhibition since 2020.

Instead of reverting back to its old model, the fair's organizers recognize that things have changed. So, for its tenth edition, the fair will be a hybrid event with physical exhibitions, gallery venues, and online exhibitions, as well as virtual activities, lined up.

We're just days away from this year's edition of the premier art fair. So, whether you're planning to take part virtually through online exhibitions or dropping by the physical exhibitions set up at Ayala Triangle Gardens and in gallery venues, here's everything you need to know about Art Fair Philippines 2022. 

Where will Art Fair Philippines 2022 take place?

As it is a hybrid event, Art Fair Philippines 2022 will have both physical and online (more on that later) offerings. The fair will take place at Ayala Triangle Gardens and simultaneously in gallery venues around the city. According to the Art Fair Philippines website, ArtFairPH/Projects, which you'll need tickets for, "will be featured in the central fountain area of Ayala Tower One." The rest of the events—ArtFairPH/Photo, ArtFairPH/Film, ArtFairPH/Residencies, and the AR Art Trail—will be free, though.

We know, it's not completely the same as before but, trust us, there's plenty to look forward to in the space.


When does Art Fair Philippines 2022 begin?

Art Fair Philippines 2022 kicks off on March 23 at 10:00 a.m., with events running through April 1. Get the countdown here.

Who are the participating exhibitors?

This year's Philippine exhibitors include 1335Mabini, Altro Mondo Gallery, Art Cube Gallery, Art Elaan, Art For Space, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Artery Art Space, Avellana Art Gallery, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, District Gallery, Eskinita Gallery, Galerie Roberto, Galerie Stephanie, Grounded Holistic Arts and Culture Studio, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, León Gallery, Luzviminda, Modeka, MONO8 Gallery, Paseo Art Gallery, Pinaglabanan X, Qube Gallery, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, Strange Fruit, The Crucible Gallery, Tin-aw, The Metro Gallery, White Walls Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery.

The six international galleries are Art Agenda (Singapore/Jakarta), Gajah Gallery (Singapore/Yogyakarta), Mayoral (Paris/Barcelona), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore/Sydney), Gallery Kogure (Tokyo), and YOD Gallery (Osaka). While two NFT galleries—A/terhen and Cyber Baat—will also present exhibitions.

In addition to all that, the fair is providing a platform for art groups that represent the three main island clusters of the Philippines. These exhibitors are: Ibagiw Art Fest x Gallery 2600 (Luzon), VIVA ExCon Dasun Bacolod x Orange Project (Visayas), Langgikit x Museo De Oro x Art Portal Gallery (Mindanao), and Lawig-diwa x Gallery Down South (Mindanao).

Who are the featured artists?

Curated by Norman Crisologo, ArtFairPH/Projects presents works by the late Arô Soriano and noted social realist Nune Alvarado. Bjorn Calleja, Johanna Helmuth, Ryan Jara, Doktor Karayom, Tyang Karyel, Aze Ong, Wyndelle Remonde, Melvin Guirhem are also part of the section.

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There's also a special project featuring the inflatable sculpture of Russian artist Sasha Frolova.

Are there any new events this year?

Art Fair Philippines' residency program, ArtFairPH/Residencies, is one of the newer programs. According to the Art Fair Philippines website, "Financial support will be awarded to five residency programs around the Philippines for the support of one artist in each residency." These chosen artists are Derek Tumala for Manila Observatory, Hannah Nantes for Linangan Art Residency, Jao San Pedro for Emerging Islands, Alwin Reamillo for Orange Project, and Faye Abantao for Butanding Barrio.

For this year's edition, the fair is also exploring interactive augmented reality (AR) through an art trail using the Daata AR app. The trail, Aparisyon, is named after Leeroy New's artwork and will examine the "timeless nature of storytelling through words and imagery, inspired by the Philippines’ thriving speculative fiction" through newly commissioned artworks by artist Leeroy New and author Eliza Victoria.


What does the schedule look like?

The events will take place between March 23 and April 1, with the first event being ArtFairPH/Film at the Ayala Triangle Gardens' Amphitheater. See the full schedule here.

How can you check out the online exhibitions?

The schedule is pretty packed but, thankfully, Art Fair Philippines has made everything easy for all us by neatly outlining it all on its website. For the next few days, the Daily at the Fair page will be your go-to resource for all things Art Fair Philippines. The gallery walkthroughs, talks, demos, and virtual art tours are all accessible with a click of a button.

How can you buy tickets?

Tickets for admission are priced at P150, and are currently available to purchase on Keep in mind that tickets must be purchased online.

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