The Visayas Art Fair and Bodega Design Caravan are Pulling Into Town

The Visayas Art Fair is set to make its return for the third time as this much-awaited art event welcomes new and returning galleries to showcase new sets of artworks and artists from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The event is committed to providing a more awe-inspiring, impactful, and sustainable celebration of creativity and innovation as the first and only Creative City of Design in the Philippines, as recognized by UNESCO.

Complementing the Visayas Art Fair, the Bodega Design Caravan is now in its second year, with more participating exhibitors from the finest makers in Cebu showcasing their creations in the furniture, home furnishings, fashion, and accessory sectors curated by world-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue. Bodega will also serve as the main display area for the entries for the Blue Mango Awards. Between November 23 and 26, talented individuals in the creative and crafting fields will converge at Oakridge Business Park to engage in a diverse array of exhibitions, art installations, and more.

During the 4-day event, expect a new set of events in celebration of this year’s Visayas Art Fair. The fair will feature art talks featuring Gregg S. Lloren, an assistant professor of Cognitive Architecture at the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu, who will present lcarus Re-Ascending: Navigating the Creative Shifts of Artistic magination with Generative Al.

Subsequently, there will be a panel discussion moderated by UP Fine Arts faculty and curator, Prof. Jay Nathan Jore. The panelists for the talk The Rise of Regional Art Fairs: Opportunities and Challenges are Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Laurie Boquiren, and Kublai from the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Art Fairs, respectively. These art talks will take place at the Oakridge Pavilion Garden.

Additionally, Visayas Art Fair continues to serve as a platform for enhancing and refining talents through an interactive Children’s Art Workshop: Watercolor Painting led by Anne Ruiz, offering an opportunity for skill development. The event will also feature remarkable art installations accessible to the public, including James Doran-Webb’s captivating driftwood sculptures, a crocheted Christmas tree handcrafted by the women of the Cebu Crochet Group, and Melissa Yeung Yap, the Chairwoman of the Luzon Art Fair. All of these activities will be situated in the Oakridge Atrium Garden.

A delegation from the Design Center of the Philippines and other international Asian design experts will have their 13th Asian Design Sharing Council Meeting activities, Scaling Future Materials and Designing for Resilience: Pecha Kucha. Notably, there will be the UNESCO Trail and the Blue Mango Awards, with each of these events featuring discussions and recognitions within their respective fields of expertise and industry, facilitated by Butch Carungay. Following this, Origin Model and Artist Management will once again present the latest collections in their Ukiyo Fashion Show II with designers Edward James Castro and Axel Que.

It is also without a doubt that student artists will have the chance to demonstrate their abilities through Styles & Strokes: The Ultimate Bear Dress-Up and Painting Competition Awarding in collaboration with The Bear Cave Fluid Art Studio. The awards ceremony for this competition and the rest of the aforementioned will be held in the Oakridge Pavilion Garden.

Furthermore, the Visayas Art Fair will collaborate with the Zonta Club of Cebu II for their 18 Days of Activism Against VAW (Violence Against Women) through an activity titled Feminism in the Performing Arts: An Evening of Music, Dances, Poetry, and Advocacy in Oakridge Garden Plaza. 

The event is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Oakridge Business Park, City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Airspeed and The Company.

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