Feb 1, 2018

The much awaited Art Fair Philippines 2018 takes place this coming Mar. 1 to 4. Every year is always bigger than the last, and this year is no exception. All floors of The Link Car Park will be converted to a one-stop exhibition space for the weekend, housing over 51 galleries. That’s almost two times larger than last year. So expect the crowd to be bigger than last year’s turnout of over 40,000.

But with a large number of attendees comes cramped spaces. More often than not, it’s the crowds that get in the way of a good art-viewing experience. Admit it, we sometimes feel panic when we see a large backpack inches away from a glass sculpture. Or maybe someone’s selfie stick is in the way of a painting we want to see.

Art fair etiquette is not hard to come by. Still, the Art Fair team has given us some basic tips on how to make for an optimal viewing experience for us and our fellow visitors. Here’s what not to do when you get there.

1. Look, but don’t touch. Also never lean on the artwork.

No matter how gorgeous your Art Fair OOTD is, it’s not worth the damage you can cause on the artwork. Paint and other mediums can chip, smudge, and even get on your own person. Worse, you might even break a sculpture by accident. You can look without touching. Art is meant to be seen and felt—but not by our own hands!

There are, however, interactive exhibition pieces. So only handle the art if it’s explicitly stated that you can do so.

2. Take a step back. Don’t stand too close to the artwork.

You may be obstructing the view of the people around you. Also, much like rule #1, you might accidentally touch and damage the artwork. Take a step back. Sometimes a work is much more enjoyable when you see the bigger picture, literally. Even if you want to see details, you don’t need to stick your face too close.

3. Avoid bringing big bags and umbrellas. If not, check them in.

Have you ever stumbled or gotten pushed back after a backpack has bumped into you? It happens at art fairs, too. If you’re the one carrying a huge bag, you might not even notice it scratching up against, say, a painting, or a fragile sculpture. Plus, you might be keeping back the flow of people.

4. You can take photos but please DO NOT use flash.

Light and heat can seriously harm a painting. Fun fact, that’s why museums and galleries have controlled lighting. Sudden flashes of light can lead to discoloration and the chemical breakdown of the materials used in the painting. It’s also out of courtesy to people around you who might get blinded by the light.

5. Don’t bring outside food and drinks into the art fair.

Accidental spillage can cause a huge mess. Worse, what if your food or water hits an art work? The art fair will have a café and a bar within The Link for you to refresh yourselves if you need. Perhaps maybe don’t go on a bender either, despite the good flowing rum.

Stay tuned to our site for more of our Art Fair PH 2018 coverage and updates.

Photos courtesy of Art Fair Philippines.

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