(SPOT.ph) Food parks (and eventually food halls) have been trendy since 2017. You’ll spot one almost everywhere, each coming up with a different gimmick to make the place more interesting than the rest. Streat: Maginhawa Food Park in Quezon City, on the other hand, has a stall that you won’t really expect to be in a dining option: Art Market Pop Shop—an art gallery and shop in one, which runs until August 24.
The store, which is located on the second level of the food park, features quaint pink walls and glass windows. Inside, you can browse artworks on canvas, art books, pins, patches, stickers, and accessories that are all made and crafted by Filipino artists. The best thing about it? Works on display can go as low as P20. But like any other art fairs, some price tags can be as hefty as P20,000.
The idea behind Art Market Pop Shop takes inspiration from artist and muralist Keith Haring and his concept of a Pop Shop in 1987, which aims to make art accessible to the public.
"Pop-up events have been around for a while, so the idea is nothing new. With the Art Market Pop Shop, we wanted to tap into accessible places so we can hopefully reach more people from all walks of life," Alex Junia, one of its organizers, tells SPOT.ph.
The organizers acknowledge the fact that Maginhawa is also a food hub and home to other establishments that cater to residents and students, and they want to contribute to its community in their own little way.
"The Maginhawa community is filled with creative spaces for food, music and art and we would like to continue keeping that creative spirit alive," she adds.
Works featured at the store are all submissions from artists who responded to their initial callout. It showcases works by Neil dela Cruz, Anton Bellardo, Isola Rosa, and Adrian Mariñas, among others.
The organizers envision Art Market Pop Shop to be a traveling art show that showcases the great talents in the local art scene. With a partnership between Clear Gallery Tokyo and local group Art Form Pare, it looks like this cool art space is going places.
Art Market Pop Shop runs until August 24 at Streat: Maginhawa Food Park, 91 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, follow Streat: Maginhawa Food Park on Facebook.
All photos courtesy of Art Market Pop Shop.