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BAP is a private non-profit working within the active, self-confident and dynamic art field of what constitutes art today in the Philippines. It enables longer processes for reflection and creative production through residencies for artists, curators, writers and filmmakers, as well as exhibitions and educational programs. Our flagship residency program enables national and international practitioners to collaborate with the 300+ artisans of the arts and crafts workshops in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in the province of Bataan, facing the West Philippines Sea, while our exhibitions and education programs take place in partnership with cultural centers, museums, and universities in Manila.

XT><LX; Rana Regum, Nabil Rahman, Ayesha Sultana, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt.

Mission

Founded in 2013 by patron Jam Acuzar, Bellas Artes Projects is a registered non-profit foundation that draws inspiration from the Rafael Enriquez y Villanueva mansion built in 1867. An artist himself, Enriquez y Villanueva donated this building, transforming it into la Escuela de Bellas Artes, the second oldest fine arts academy in the Philippines. This historical building which was formerly located in the Manila neighborhood of Quiapo, trained artists of national importance such as Juan Luna, Felix R. Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Guillermo Tolentino, Emilio Alvero, Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Tomas Mapua, and is now preserved in Bagac, Bataan as part of the heritage preservation project of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Around 300 Filipino craftsmen worked over twelve years to bring the structure back to its former glory.

In this spirit, and with a headquarters in the historical building from which its name is derived, Bellas Artes Projects is centered on supporting the production of contemporary artists, providing a space of experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration with Filipino heritage building and craft techniques, largely through residencies on its campus at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Past artists in residence include Not Vital (CH), Pawel Althamer (PL), Lucy Raven (US) Ayesha Sultana (BD), Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan (PH). The foundation regularly collaborates with Filipino institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), supporting the production of leading international artists such as Paul Pfeiffer and Michael Lin.

The architecture found on Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar speaks to the pluralism found across the Philippines, which has Indian, Muslim, Spanish, Latin American, and American influences in addition to indigenous and South East Asian influences. We aim to facilitate a culture of exchange (also inspired by the work of the Sarabhai family in India in the 1950s-1980s, who brought artists such as Alexander Calder, Lynda Benglis, and many others to begin long exchanges with India) in Bagac, Bataan to support both local and international artists. 

Team

Directors
Jam Acuzar
Founder
Inti Guerrero
Artistic Director
Fatima Manalili
Director
Team
Desi Tolentino
Program Coordinator
Tin Dabbay
Head of Communications
Vanilla Arucan
Graphic Designer
RJ Camacho
Graphic Designer
Las Casas Workshop
Reynaldo Agustin
Administration Manager
Rodolfo Baguio
General Foreman
Edmar Buce
Foreman Metal Workshop
Jose ‘Ping’ Ceriola
Artist Consultant
Bong Fabon
Painter
Cesar Fadul
Foreman Woodcarving
Jordan Hernandez
Workshop Designer
Ricardo Mazo
Foreman Wood Mosaic
Gerry Ortiz
Project Manager
Renato Sale
Foreman Bricks Factory

Jobs

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Internships

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Engineer

Full time
Closing date: 31 July 2020
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Accountant

Full time
Closing date: 14 June 2020
The Program Coordinator role is composed of two essential functions: the daily management and operations of the office and library and coordination support of the Foundation’s wide range of project-based activities S/he will manage the administrative workflow and supervise junior staff to ensure a productive and positive office environment. S/he will manage special projects and coordinate logistics in support of the artist residency in Bataan and public programs in Bataan and Metro Manila.
Manila

BAP QC
Head Office

Bellas Artes Projects
2/F Victoria Towers
Panay Avenue cor. Timog Avenue
Quezon City 1103

+63 (028) 817 2205
hello@bellasartesprojects.org

Bataan
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Casa Quiapo

Barangay Ibaba
Bagac Bataan
2107

bataan@bellasartesprojects.org

Bellas Artes Projects
2/F Victoria Towers
Panay Avenue cor. Timog Avenue
Quezon City 1103

+63 (028) 817 2205

info@bellasartesprojects.org

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