Your Guide To Art Galleries In Manila (Part 2)
Like how our Philippine archipelago sprawls across the sea, the talent in the Philippines sprawls throughout the country like a bountiful feast of skill and brilliance. It is no wonder that the Philippines, Manila most especially, is a hotspot for hubs that showcase incredible talent.
We shared with you some of the art galleries in Manila worth visiting in this piece. But that’s definitely not enough to embody how alive the Manila art scene is. In the efforts to seek out and send out more of the beauty of art Manila has to offer, we made another list of art galleries you can spend a little soulful time in.
Pablo Gallery first built its walls in Cubao Expo. It has been a very welcoming platform for up and coming artists. Establishing its name in Cubao Expo and becoming a household name to the art community, Pablo expanded its audience to showcasing to older and more established artists. This in turn encouraged them to making a new gallery in Fort.
What’s To Love: The art pieces in Pablo are usually new and fresh and reflect the dynamism of the youth in the country. Moreover, the gallery in Cubao Expo turns into a makeshift tambayan if you chance upon the artists and owners at an exhibit opening.
Where to Find It: Shop 7, Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Cubao
Secret Fresh, as the gallery’s name suggests, is a hip gallery found in one of the most contemporary notable structures in the country—Ronac Art Center. They usually showcase lowbrow and street art—forms of art that are as dynamic as the urban jungle that is Manila.
What’s to Love: The gallery exhibits up and coming artists so you can expect pieces that reflect different urban subcultures of Manila. Moreover, the gallery acts as an annex to a store that retails vinyls, toys and other collectibles.
Where to Find It: Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Ave, San Juan
Silverlens is one of the most famous contemporary art galleries in Manila. The works exhibited in this gallery are sometimes extended to an international audience when they represent the country in international exhibits.
What’s to Love: To garner international acclaim, a gallery should have world-class curatorial programs. And that is what Silverlens has. If you are looking for several of the country’s most current notable pieces, it is best to check out Silverlens gallery.
Where to Find It: 2fymc Bldg 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City
TIN-AW ART GALLERY
Tin-aw Art Gallery showcases contemporary artists who mostly have made a name in the Filipino art scene. The space is modest but it showcases paintings and installations alike.
What’s to Love: This gallery is also one of the few spaces that exhibit digital art and art performances.
Where to Find It: Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Makati Ave., Makati City
VINYL ON VINYL
Vinyl on Vinyl is as hip as any hip art gallery can get. Likewise located in Makati which seems to be the breeding ground of several independent art galleries, VoV provides space for art that art usually youthful as much as they are tasteful and of dynamic quality.
What’s to Love: Vinyl on Vinyl is a venue where different emerging art styles and emerging artists are set to freely exhibit their products. Moreover, several artists also showcase music and designer toys other than the visual arts. Not only does it reflect the artists’ styles, the exhibit also reflects pop culture and several other subcultures.
Where to Find It: 2135 Warehouse II 2/F Chino Roces Ave. Pasong Tamo, Makati
Finding cool art galleries in Manila does not stop here. This is merely a piece of the kind of art this city has to offer. The great thing about Manila is its potential for exploration and finding hidden gems with it. So go ahead. Explore. We hope for you to find the kind of beauty we have seen in Manila.