If you’re a fan of art, you need not be constrained to the hallways of our national galleries. Although they serve as great markers and sources of inspiration, it won’t hurt to explore what more Metro Manila can offer. We round-up nine art hubs in you must check out on your next tour:
Nestled in the heart of Ermita, 1335 Mabini brings you multi-disciplinary works of contemporary art. They support local and international artists alike through various exhibitions and programs that include but are not limited to experitmental poetry workshops, lectures, and artist residencies. Did we mention it's conveniently located with several drinking pubs around? Drop by the gallery and grab a pint afterwards!
Casa Tesoro, 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila | www.1335mabini.com
Vinyl on Vinyl
Offering exhibits on art, toys, and even music -- this hub is certainly not one to miss. Known for it's eclectic and pop-culture taste, Vinyl on Vinyl showcases contemporary works inspired by streetlife and the underground scene. You'll be certain to happen upon unique and quirky works when you drop by their new home at the La Fuerza Compound.
2241 Pasillo 18, La Fuerza Compound 1, Chino Roces Ave., Makati | vinylonvinylgallery.com
Archivo 1984 boasts a rustic and intimate spaced nested in the heart of Chino Roces Ave. Regularly offering exhibits on Philippine masters and several contemporary artists, Archivo will always have something for you to look foward to. They also have a CCP (Cultural Centre of the Philippines) shop where you'll find select goods and books.
2nd level, Warehouse 1, 2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati | www.archivo1984.com
Finale Art File
A gallery founded in the 80's, Finale Art File is still staking its mark in the world of Philippine contemporary art. With large-scale exhibits and ambitious installations, the 450sqm space has been home to hundreds of artists -- both established and up-comers. Known for its inclination to experimental and emboldening works, Finale Art File is a defnite must-see.
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, Chino Roces Ave., Makati | finaleartfile.com
A failiar name in the art scene, Silverlens hosts several contemporary works in their journey to widen Philippine art. A regular in international exhibits, Filipino talent is well-represented through the gallery's continued support and various programs. Offering new ways to look at the practice and culture that shapes art, Silverlens isn't one to pass on.
Lapanday Centre, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati| www.silverlensgalleries.com
Established by Tina Fernandez in 2004, Art Informal is known as a champ for art education. The gallery promotes a broad range of art forms to the public - pottery, sculpture, painting, multi- media, and performances - Art Informal aims to extend arts and culture to the general public. Nearing 10 years in the scene, the gallery still soldiers on with exhibiting new works and exploring new programs to hone young aspring artists.
277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City, Philippines | www.artinformal.com
A proponent for subversive art, Tin-Aw is known for its surprising pieces and provocative works. For a dose of experimental and discursive shows, drop by their gallery. You might stumble upon a few workshops and lectures that will surely engage the artist in you. Watch out for what they have in store next.
UG, Somerset Olympia Bldg. Makati Avenue cor. Sto. Tomast St., Makati | www.tin-aw.com
A staunch supporter of vanguard art, Underground aims to bring unconvetional exhibits to life. A haven for contemporary artists and enthusiasts, this gallery serves up street-inspired works and installations that provoke and engage the viewer. Drop by for a dose of underground art.
2nd level, Makati Cinema Square, 2130 Don Chino Roces Ave. Makati | www.underground.gallery
Prism Art Gallery
Prism is all about new, fresh, and young. An advocate of newbies, this gallery features a variety of watercolour art, crafts, doodles, and comics made by inspiring artists. If you're interested to learn and hone your craft, they hold lectures and workshops for kids and adults alike.
Island Tower, 239 Salcedo Street, corner Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village, Makati | fb/prismgallerymanila