" Artists live in a different realm. It’s when they allow us in their world that I find it truly fascinating. I cannot but help share what I see, admire and cherish with the rest of the world. "
- Roberta Dans
Artesan Gallery + Studio is differentiated by our creativity for constant reinventions in artistic and curatorial approaches, resulting in outstanding exhibitions. In 2009, the Art-on-Tour project was conceived. We took the lead in staging pop-in exhibitions across the country for general public viewing and exposure, with the intention of growing a wider audience to experience the dynamic and thriving pulse of contemporary Asian Art, encourage its accessibility - and increase visibility of our artists.
Over the last fifteen years, the gallery has curated over eighty exhibitions and engaged in major collaborations with the National University of Singapore Museum, National Arts Council (Singapore), The Lee Foundation (Singapore), LASALLE College of The Arts, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore), The National Art Gallery (Singapore), The Singapore Art Museum, The National Center & Community for the Arts (Philippines), the Philippine Embassy (Singapore), the Philippine National Bank (Singapore), INSEAD (Singapore), the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Nanyang Technological University, Ernst & Young (Singapore) and the prestigious Ateneo Art Gallery in Metromanila (Philippines). Internationally, Artesan has curated shows in Florence and Venice (Italy), Basel (Switzerland) and Manila (Philippines).
ATENEO ART AWARDS
The Awards are bestowed upon three Filipino visual artists, 35 years of age or under, who have made an outstanding and significant contribution to the definition and development of modern and contemporary art based upon a solo or group exhibition in any public venue during the preceding year.
It also calls attention to the expansion of the Ateneo Art Gallery Studio Residency Grant, the only program of its kind organized by a Philippine cultural institution. 2007 marks the third year of the Ateneo Art Gallery Studio Residency Grant in Australia, to be held for the first time in La Trobe University in Bendigo, as well as the introduction of the Ateneo Art Gallery Studio Residency Grant in Singapore with Artesan Gallery. Each residency provides one of the three Ateneo Art Awardees with roundtrip airfare, accommodation and a work studio for some weeks, an allowance, as well as an invitation to exhibit at their respective host venues. Artesan has to date hosted Ateneo artist awardees Wawi Navarroza, Leeroy New, Raffy Napay, Martha Atienza, Nathalie Dagmang, and Gabrielle Encarnacion amongst others.
REAP BY ARTESAN
The Residence and Exchange Art Programme (REAP) by Artesan is a by-invitation project founded in 2009 to allow young artists to converge in the creative exchange of ideas through a cross cultural programme - culminating with the pioneer project programme between Singapore and the Philippines.
National Arts Council of Singapore, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, The Lee Foundation (Singapore), National University of Singapore Museum, NUS Centre for The Arts, LASALLE College of The Arts, Ateneo University Art Museum, Philippine Embassy (Singapore), Philippine National Bank, Philippine Airlines, Red Army Watches, amongst others, have participated in the programme.
The project resulted in a published documentation of the pioneer programme in a book entitled Ruckus Rubix, as well as a major exhibition of the same name, and was launched at the National University of Singapore Museum, in 2009.
OTHER RESIDENCY PROGRAMMES
By extending invitations to young artists from other countries and providing a space where they can engage in artistic activities, the program enables resident artists to thrive through the productive process, beginning with borderless mutual interaction with other creatives, and immerse their interest in the arts. The program also aims at inspiring local art and culture with an international color. In-house residencies have hosted artists Ronald Ventura, Victor Balanon, Bernard Vista, Dave Lock, Carlo Gabuco, Guerrero Habulan,
and Hansen Thiam Sun amongst others.