NCCA calls for proposals in PH entry at Venice architecture exhibit

MANILA� The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is calling for curatorial proposals for the country's participation in the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy.

In a statement released on Sunday, the NCCA said the competition is open to Filipino architects, curators, practicing artists from the different disciplines, urban planners, ecological activists, geographers, historians and critics of space, heritage workers, and others are encouraged to participate.

Proponents and exhibitors must be natural-born Filipino citizens or with dual citizenship upon submission of application and must have participated in at least one international contemporary exhibition or related projects.

Proposals by a single curator or by a team of two curators are accepted.

Each proposal must contain the following information: title of the exhibition, curatorial concept consisting of 800 -1,000 words, proposed exhibition lay-out, curriculum vitae of proponent plus three major sample works, curriculum vitae of the exhibitor/s plus major sample works, working budget, production timeline and contact information.

Interested parties may download and fill up an open call proposal form from and submit the completed form and all necessary documents only via email to, with subject heading Curatorial Proposal, on or before Aug. 30, 2017.

A preliminary jury will make a short list of submitted proposals for final deliberation. These will then be judged by another panel of jurors. The selected proposal will be announced on Sept. 30, 2017 and will represent the Philippines in the said event to be held in Venice from May 26 � Nov. 25, 2018.

The selected curatorial proposal will officially represent the Philippines in this important global exhibition platform of contemporary architecture. In enhancing the presence of our participation, the Philippine Pavilion will be realized at Artiglierie in Arsenale, the major venue of the Venice Biennale, the NCCA said in a statement.

The proposal, according to the NCCA, must respond to the issues of contemporary architecture in the Philippines and elsewhere and must be sensitive to the general vision of the curators of the event.

The competition is spearheaded by the NCCA in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy, initiated by la Fondazione la Biennale di Venezia, is an international event which will showcase a critical overview of the worldwide evolution of architecture and highlights the importance of a qualified demand on the part of individuals and communities that should be met by an equally effective response which shows that architecture is one of civil society's instruments for organizing the space in which it lives and works.

Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from the firm Grafton Architects will sit as curators of the event.

Interested parties may call (02) 527-2175, send a message via e-mail to or visit for more information.

Source: Philippines News Agency