French Support for Fil-French Art Center

French Support for Fil-French Art Center

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The Embassy of France to the Philippines is pleased to support Taverne Gutenberg in its two-month artist residency program, Ugnayan sa Poblacion.The Embassy of France to the Philippines is pleased to support Taverne Gutenberg in its two-month artist residency program, Ugnayan sa Poblacion.

As part of its continuous support for the promotion of culture and the arts and its commitment to the empowerment of the Filipino youth, the Embassy of France to the Philippines is pleased to support “Taverne Gutenberg” in its two-month artist residency program entitled “Ugnayan sa Poblacion.”

About Taverne Gutenberg

Taverne Gutenberg, a unique art center like no other, is fast becoming a pace-setter in the art scene in Lyon, France. Founded in 2015 by French-Filipina designer Maïa d’Aboville and her globe-trotting husband, French artist Henri Lamy, Taverne Gutenberg has become a renowned creative hub that serves as an artists’ residence, gallery, art studio and bar. This quest for multi-cultural creativity and synergy is propelling Taverne Gutenberg to go international, and what better country to start than the Philippines – Maïa d’Aboville’s beloved home country where she has deep roots from her childhood, a country that is also cherished by her artist husband Henri Lamy.

Ugnayan sa Poblacion.

From October to November 2017, French and Filipino artists come together for an artistic dialogue as they share their culture and talent through performances, exhibitions, and the live painting of outdoor murals that will give the public a glimpse into the creative processes of artists.

The uniqueness of Ugnayan sa Poblacion lies in its promotion of solidarity through culture and art, which must be made accessible to the greater public, particularly to young Filipinos from disadvantaged backgrounds. A number of French-Philippine NGOs are also supporting this project to be able to share their respective capabilities by organizing artistic workshops for street children.

This ambitious and solidarity-based event seeks to continue in the long-term with the production and screening of a documentary which will follow the participants over the course of the residency program.

The French Embassy is eager to support this multidimensional project which, beyond its artistic aspect, also promotes a human and social advocacy in line with “PhilFrance : Feel French!” a festival launched to celebrate the 70th year anniversary of French-Philippine diplomatic relations in 2017.


Participating artists

- International visual artists: Henri Lamy (France), Chufy (Switzerland), Abdoul Khadre Seck (Senegal-Italy), Alexandre Beretta (France-Ireland).

- Filipino artists (project ambassadors): Agnes Arellano, Billy Bonnevie, Olivia d’Aboville.

- Filipino artists (meet-and-greet): BenCab, Ramon Orlina, Gus Albor, Leeroy New, Max Balatbat, Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Dex Fernandez, Carlos Celdran, Dee Jae Paeste, and more.

Key dates

  • Launch and press conference: October 25, 3:00pm at the Pineapple Lab, 6071 Palma Street, Makati City
  • Art auction: Date to be confirmed, Casa de Memoria, 156 Jupiter Street, Makati City
  • Exhibition: November 16 at Qube Gallery, Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City
  • Group exhibition: November 22, Alliance française de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Makati City
  • “Bata” exhibition: November 29 at the Museo Pambata, Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila
Source: Embassy of France in Manila

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