10 Things You Need to Know Before Going to Art in the Park 2017

It's happening in April!


(SPOT.ph) This year's Art Fair Philippines was definitely one to remember. We had three floors of art and art talks, thousands in attendance, and art pieces that sold for millions. Now, we're looking forward to its more laid-back cousin: Art in the Park, happening on April 2 at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati.


Art in the Park is organized annually by the trio behind Art Fair Philippines—Trickie Lopa, Dindin Araneta, and Lisa Periquet—in cooperation with the Museum Foundation of the Philippines. Here are a few more things and tips that you need to know before going to the event.


Art in the Park is FREE of charge.

Anyone can just go to the park and check out the artworks for sale—most of them at very affordable prices.


The art pieces have a price cap of P50,000.

Not too bad considering that galleries can sell important pieces for much higher, but the best part is...



It's all for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

Part of Art in the Park's total sales will go to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, which directly funds various projects by the National Museum of the Philippines. This includes the renovation of the soon-to-open National Museum of Natural History and the upcoming Handi Project, an initiative to take elementary school children from Kiangan, Ifugao on an educational tour to the Kiangan National Museum, the Ifugao Peace Museum, and the World War II Shrine.


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"Bag in a Boat" by Carzen Esprela


Carzen Esprela's installation is a must-see.

"Bag in a Boat," a thesis project by UP College of Fine Arts student Carzen Esprela, will be on display. The piece is 14 feet long so it's definitely going to be hard to ignore.


It starts at 10 a.m.

But people start to line up outside the venue as early as 7 a.m. Closing time is 10 p.m.




"Kupas" by Mark Justiniani


You can take home a piece of Mark Justiniani.

Mark Justiniani is known for his large art pieces, the latest being a 20-foot installation titled "The Settlement." For Art in the Park 2017, his intriguing piece "Kupas" graces postcards and other collaterals which will be on sale at the Museum Foundation of the Philippines' booth.


There will be over 50 art booths.

There are 57 participating galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and even student organizations that will offer a variety of pieces.



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Art in the Park's "mascot" will be on sale.

Secret Fresh Gallery has created a number of resin versions of the bird in Art in the Park's distinctive logo. Artists like Nemo Aguila and JJ Amoranos have customized these small sculptures and rendered them with their own stamp and style. The limited-edition items will be up for sale at the Museum Foundation's booth.



Jazz and blues will be blasting from the speakers.

Blues band The Brat Pack will play live music to entertain guests.


It can get really, really warm.

Remember to dress comfortably, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated...and maybe bring a foldable fan!


Art in the Park is on April 2, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Art in the Park’s website.

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