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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Alliance Française de Manille-Philippine Artist Residency Program

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of its founding, Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), the French language school and cultural center, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Alliance Française de Manille-Philippine Artist Residency Program (AFM-PARP).   AFM is launching the grants program as its latest initiative in the pursuit of its mission to promote cultural exchange between the Philippines and France through language training and art-related programs.

The AFM-PARP offers Filipino visual artists the possibility of a structured visit to France for a period of two to three months.  The residency will be hosted by a French non-profit cultural organization, artist residence, or artist-run initiative.  It is conceived as a professional opportunity rather than a project-based grant.  Its aim is to enrich the experience of local artists by affording them the opportunity for contact with the contemporary art scene in France. The objective of the program is to broaden professional networks between contemporary art communities in the Philippines and France.  

The AFM-PARP is open to Filipino visual artists: painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, photographers. One residency will be offered annually, to take place in the spring months of April to June or the autumn months of September to November.  The AFM-PARP will provide a financial grant to cover costs of travel and living expenses.   The grantee may also avail of a free one-month French language course at AFM.  These resources are expected to afford the recipient the opportunity for stimulating cultural exchanges and collaboration with other artists, and uninterrupted creative time.  During the residency period, the grantee is encouraged to give talks and workshops to the public, depending on the needs of the host organization.

Qualifications and Procedure

Qualifications for Applicants:
  • Must be a bona fide Filipino citizen
  • Must be 45 years or younger as of the month of July of application year
  • Must have at least two (2) years of formal art schooling
  • Must have held at least one (1) solo exhibition in a reputable art space 
Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following:
  • Accomplished Application Form (available at AFM or can be downloaded from its website (
  • Proposed host – may be a school, university, artist residence or artist-run initiative (AFM may assist applicant in identifying appropriate host)
  • Program of residency – A brief statement (500 words) on why you think the residency would be valuable and how you hope to achieve the rationale and objectives of the residency
  • Curriculum Vitae (A4 paper size)
  • Documentation of sample works (A4 paper size)
    If the work is static, six (6) images – digital (JPG or TIFF format) and 5R prints
    If the work is time-based or animated: up to five (5) minutes of footage on a CD or DVD (.MOV or .WMV)
  • Image list and description of no more than one (1) page (Arial, 11 point size, 550 words) which includes a short description to accompany images; correct dimensions and medium of work corresponding to the order of images presented
Applications and support material should be addressed to:
Alliance Française de Manille
209 Nicanor Garcia Street
Bel-Air II, Makati City 1209

N.B.  All applicants must comply with the above requirements in order to be considered eligible. Support material submitted will not be returned to applicant.

AFM-PARP schedule
  • Application period: August to October
  • Deadline for application: October 31
  • Evaluation period: November to January
  • Announcement of selected grantee: February
The grantee is required to hold an exhibition at the AFM Total Gallery within one (1) year following the end of residency.  One work from the exhibition to be chosen by the AFM Board of Directors will be donated to the AFM-PARP.   

For more details, you may visit the AFM website at Alliance Française de Manille is located at 209 Nicanor Garcia St. formerly Reposo St.) Bel-Air 2, Makati City. Office days and hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm; and closed on Sundays and Holidays. 

Download AFM-PARP Application Form here.
Download AFM-PARP Info Sheet here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chobi Mela VI

Chobi Mela VI: International Festival of Photography 2011
Theme: Dreams
Submission Deadline: 7 August 2010

Chobi Mela VI will be launched on 21 January 2011. The theme of the festival is Dreams. Photo practitioners are invited to submit work on the theme, and are encouraged to explore the boundaries of their medium. Guidelines for both online and offline submissions are provided below.

Last date for submissions is 7 August 2010. Participants will be notified by email by 21 August 2010. Participants may continue to work on their proposed projects, but will need to submit prints or camera-ready artwork or high resolution digital files suitable for printing, by 21 September 2010.

Apart from solo exhibitions, collective work are also welcome. Photographers, whether they are fine artists, documentary photographers, or from any other field of photography can participate individually or in groups. Non-photographic work that has a direct relevance to the theme of the festival may also be acceptable.

The festival will feature:
  • Exhibitions (solo/collective)
  • Digital presentations
  • Workshops
  • Discussions/Seminars/Lectures
  • Presentations by Picture Libraries/Agencies
  • Review of image-related publications
  • Publication ceremony
  • Product Demonstrations
  • Film-shows
  • Video Conferences
  • Display/Sales stalls
Chobi Mela retains the right to publish photographs and text from shows selected for exhibit, in promotional material relating to the festival. Such content will not be used in any other form, unless specifically authorized by the artist as in the case of a calendar.

Chobi Mela does not sponsor shows and no fees will be paid to artists. However for work that is selected, Chobi Mela expects to receive digital files for printing and the organizers will bear the cost of printing. The festival will organize gallery space and an opening reception for selected exhibitions.

Chobi Mela will also publish a catalogue and posters for the entire festival, which will feature all participating artists. Selected exhibitions will be toured internationally. The presence of local and international media partners will ensure extensive coverage in media.

Artists may take their prints back by paying for courier charges at the end of the festival or after touring the exhibition.

See festival guidelines here.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Galerie OneWorkshop at ManilArt10

Slated for a four-day public run at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City from July 30 until August 1, 2010, MANILART 10 will kick-off with an exclusive by invitation-only preview on July 29th.

Galerie OneWorkshop will be representing 8 Contemporary Artists including the National Artist BENEDICTO (BENCAB) CABRERA's giclee edition print, BIEN BAUTISTA's print on wood, ROSSCAPILI's mixed media on canvas, LUIS MARTIN HARDER's fine art photographic giclee, BETH PAROCHA DOCTOLERO's fine art illustration giclee, RICK HERNANDEZ's assemblage, RESTY TICA's oil on canvas and JEI PANGANIBAN's fine art photographic giclee.

More than sixty of the country's most prestigious art galleries are coming together via ManilArt 10 to stage what promises to be the Philippines' biggest art fair.

Now on its second year, ManilArt10 aims to paint a broad mosaic of the Philippines' visual arts landscape by showcasing a wider spectrum of creative works, ranging from paintings and sculptures by up and coming artists to rare masterpieces by esteemed national artists.

The annual art event also aims to make Philippine art more accessible to the general public. Serious art collectors and ordinary art lovers are in for a visual treat as the country's major art houses put their collections of the best in contemporary art on view.

MANILART 10 promises to dazzle art lovers and enthusiasts with the best and broadest examples of Philippine contemporary art. Over 1,000 visual arts by 400 of the country's brightest talents will be on display and over 60 of the finest art galleries participating, thus making the fair the biggest ever in Philippine history.
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