What to expect from Art Fair Philippines 2021

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — Art Fair Philippines is going virtual this year.

Viewers do not need to go around a multi-level car park to check different galleries and exhibitions. This time, the festival which will run from May 6 to 15 can be accessed within the confines of your own home. But what else is in store?

Viewers do not need to go around a multi-level car park to check different galleries and exhibitions. This time, the festival which will run from May 6 to 15 can be accessed within the confines of your own home. But what else is in store?

An introduction to crypto art

Speaking to CNN Philippines' New Day on Thursday, Art Fair Philippines co-founder Lisa Periquet said the ninth edition of the art festival will feature discussions on non-fungible tokens or digital assets such as drawings or images that can be bought and sold online with cryptocurrency.

"In line with our mission to educate the people about the new trends in art, we are actually producing a showcase of NFTs. You can attend a virtual tour, you can attend several talks on the different aspects of NFTs," Periquet shared.

NFTs, which Periquet described as a "disruptor" 'in the art market, will be discussed by select crypto artists in a webinar, as part of the festival's NFT 101 Showcase campaign.

Artworks from 43 exhibitors

There are 43 participating exhibitors from the Philippines and abroad who will feature artworks in their respective online viewing rooms.

A messaging platform has also been set up to allow viewers to send their queries or insights about the pieces.

"Since we're not in a physical fair allowing the viewer to interact with the gallery, you can send messages via Viber Messenger, Whatsapp and email," Periquet said.

Residency program for artists

Art Fair Philippines is also launching a residency program for artists across all disciplines who would like to immerse themselves in a new environment out of their routine.

In partnership with Don Papa Rum, the residency program is set in five art spaces in different parts of the country — Linangan Art Residency in Alfonzo, Cavite; Emerging Islands in San Juan, La Union; The Orange Project in Bacolod, Negros Occidental; Barrio Butanding in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and the Manila Observatory in Quezon City.

"They all do different things so the one in Palawan, for example, is more of an environmental type of residency. In Manila Observatory, we're hoping that science and art will somehow intersect," Periquet said.

Artists can send their applications through the website until June 15.

Open studios, virtual tours

The festival will also hold a series of workshops with respected practitioners in various fields.

Some of the workshops include a demonstration of the collodion process, collage-making, watercolor techniques, bookmaking with visual artist Carina Santos, relief printmaking, and mug making.

Viewers can also participate in virtual tours and studio visits showcasing the private art collection of some artists.

Access Art Fair Philippines through their website https://artfairphilippines.com/