Trade fairs usually showcase commodities or services for public consumption or use. That being said, a trade fair that deals with art is something that few would even think about.
But the Department of Trade and Industry held such an event at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall called “Sikat Pinoy: National Art Fair,” the first of its kind to be held here.
This one of a kind trade fair held last September 26 to 28 gathers together the different players in the Philippine arts, from visual art galleries, artists, museums, theater companies, artist and photography groups, publishers, anyone dealing with the arts such as visual art, music, theater, dance, and film are gathered together to showcase their works or services to the public.
The art fair also showcases works by craftsmen who employ art in their work in jewelry, woodworks, clothing, and furniture, among others.
Even agencies like the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts took part as well, with their respective min-exhibits about the National Artists and the National Living Treasures of the country.
The fair was free to the public, thus giving them a rare opportunity to learn experience different forms of art that each exhibitor showcases and hopefully gain a newfound appreciation of Philippine art and the enterprises that support it.
For a first-time event, from the looks of it,the Sikat Pinoy: National Art Fair is a successful event that hopefully would lead to more editions of this event in the future. For the meantime, congratulations to the organizers and participants of this event.
More photos of the event can be found on the Urban Roamer’s Flickr.