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Art Fair Philippines 2017 sees record attendance

This year’s edition of Art Fair Philippines (AFP) has further strengthened its position as the premium destination for modern and contemporary Philippine art in the world.
The four-day art fair saw a significant increase in number of visitors from 22,000 people in 2016 to over 40,000 art aficionados, from art collectors to students and millennial art enthusiasts this year.
The fifth edition of AFP that occupied four floors of The Link carpark in Makati City sold work from 46 galleries. The Philippines’ leading galleries were joined by a wider roster from neighboring countries such as Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
“Year on year, we strive to make the best of Philippine contemporary art accessible to more people, and continue to provide a massive venue for local artists to showcase their works with a spotlight that they deserve. And it’s apparent that with this year’s numbers we have met our goals,” said the fair’s co-founder Trickie Lopa. Together with Lisa Periquet and Dindin Araneta, they launched Art Fair Philippines in 2013.
Among the highlights of the fair were the Art Fair PH/Projects, which featured interactive and thought-provoking installations by acclaimed Filipino visual artists such as Jose Tence Ruiz, Agnes Arellano, Elmer Borlongan, Tengal Drilon, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Emmanuel Garibay, Dex Fernandez, Mark Justiniani, Erwin Romulo and Maria Jeona Zoleta.
Art Fair Philippines 2017 also presented Art Fair PH/Talks in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines.
“Over 600 people signed up for our talks, much more than we expected,” said Araneta.
The lineup of speakers included Canadian writer and sociologist of culture Dr. Sarah Thornton, Filipino historian, academic and journalist Professor Ambeth Ocampo, Ferran Barenblit, director of Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and Tobias Berger, head of art at Hong Kong’s revitalized Central Police Station (CPS).  
“We’re excited for all the great things awaiting the vibrant Philippine art scene, and we’re looking forward to showcasing again the best of the best in Philippine contemporary art next year,” Periquet added.

Art Fair Philippines 2017 was co-presented by Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe, Julius Baer, and Bench. Major sponsors are Make It Makati, Ayala Land Premiere and Volkswagen. For more information on Art Fair Philippines 2017, visit www.artfairphilippines.com, www.facebook/artfairph and @artfairph on Instagram and Twitter.  

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