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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

SINING UGNAYAN: CREATING THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION VISUAL ARTISTS’ DIRECTORY


The National Capital Region (NCR) research team of the National Committee on Visual Arts (NCVA) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) partners with Artepinas, Inc. in undertaking the second phase of “Sining Ugnayan”: The Philippine Visual Artists' Directory project. Headed by Ann Mendoza-Uy who is also the NCCA-NCVA Executive Council Secretary, the research team taps the services of JCrisanto Martinez, Artepinas, Inc. CEO and Joey Cobcobo, Artepinas, Inc. COO to form part of the team for the second phase of the project.

“Sining Ugnayan”: The Philippine Visual Artists' Directory is a committee initiated project of the National Committee on Visual Arts for the year 2009-2010 to come up with visual artists and artists groups’ directory. The NCR project comes parallel with similar researches in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. As a final output these research in a comprehensive visual artists’ directory which shall become part of the NCCA’s official listing of visual artists in the Philippines.

Phase Two of “Sining Ugnayan: Creating the NCR Visual Artists’ Directory” shall continue to locate, identify, and record in writing and document in photographs the existing visual artists and artists’ groups all over the Metro Manila. There are 16 cities and 1 municipality that make up the geographical basis for the project’s methodology. National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila is composed of 16 cities and 1 municipality (the cities of Manila, Quezon City, Pasay, Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Paranaque, Valenzuela, Makati, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Taguig, San Juan, Navotas and Las Piñas and The Municipality of Pateros).

Professional and practicing visual artists include those involved in painting utilizing the traditional media or mixed media, illustration, graphic design, digital media, animation, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking and other related visual arts field including the art groups and organizations of visual artists involved in such fields.

Pertinent data to be collected shall include:

Visual Artist’s Personal Data

- Full Name: The complete birth name of the artist
- Nickname/Artist’s Name: Would refer to the artist’s name other than his real name
- Date and Place of Birth: The pertinent dates of birth and the town, city, or country where the artist was born.
- Civil Status: Refers to the artist as single, married, or separated.
- Permanent Home Address: The artist’s permanent home address.
- Present Home Address: The artist’s current home address other than the permanent address if any.
- Contact Information: Refers how the artist can be reached through communication equipment: telephone (with area code), mobile phone, email address, website/webpage
- Educational Attainment: Refers to the highest educational attainment attained by the artist.
- Formal Training in the Arts: Refers to any formal training art education/training/workshops by a recognize institution that has contributed to the artist’s development.
- Informal Training in the Arts (if any): Refers to any training the artist might have outside any institution or school. Apprenticeship, work-related, and self-taught are considered.
- Artist’s Classification: Refers to the type/kind of artist. Example: painter, sculptor, mixed-media/installation artist, performance artist.
- Medium of Choice: refers to the preferred material the artist works with. If working in mixed-media, mention the kind of material utilized.
- Employment Background (if any, mention specific dates): Refers to any employment the artist is currently connected with or in the past.
- List of Solo Exhibitions: Information on individual shows mounted for viewing by the artist
- List of Group Exhibitions: Refers to information on group/collective shows the artist has participated in.
- Awards and Distinctions: Refers to any award the artist has received in relation to art
- Art Group Affiliation: Refers to the artist’s current or past membership in any professional art organizations or societies.
- Leadership Position in Art Organizations: refers to the artist’s position as an elected or appointed officer in an art-related organization or society.
- Artist’s Studio Address: refers to information on the artist’s studio address if different from home or present address.
- Gallery Affiliation (if any): Refers to information if the artist is professionally represented by an existing gallery in the present or in the past.
- Publication/Authorship/Research on Art: refers to any recognized publication/authorship/ and research in the arts the artist might have undertaken.

Art Works Data
Data related to a submitted photograph of the artist’s recent or important works

- Title: refers to the given title/name of the work
- Medium: Refers to the specific material used by the artist
- Size: Refers to the physical dimensions of the artwork in centimeters
- Year Made: The year the artwork was conceived and completed
- Artist’s Notes (if nay): Refers to any related writings/markings/or statements made by the artist in relation to the work.
- Location: Refers to the work’s actual place where it can be found or the name of the person/institution who has possession of the work.

“Sining Ugnayan: Creating the NCR Visual Artists’ Directory” is meant to contribute to the body of information of local and national art by providing access on vital data about artists and artists’ groups that have contributed to the eventual growth of visual art in the National Capital Region. Institutions and agencies that need to identify visual artists for artistic/ educational activities and developmental programs in specific NCR will find the directory especially useful. The data gathered will also be useful for the proponent’s next stage of this project’s research and development. A full-color biographical book of NCR artists and their selected sample works will also be proposed as a follow-up proposal to this undertaking. Overall, the data gathered will contribute in recognizing the Filipino visual artists in relation to nation-building in a country where art is not a priority.

The project will be undertaken in a six-month period from January 2010 to June 2010. This research project will be conducted in two three-month stages with January to March as the first stage and April to June as the second stage.

Data gathering shall be conducted on the first stage of the project (January - March 2010). Thereby, visual artists and leaders of visual arts groups and/or organizations are expected to sign up or register before the end of March 2010. Information sheets/data forms shall be made available in selected arts venues which shall also serve as submission areas. Such list of venue shall be announced in the future.

As an enhanced feature of this research project is the ability to sign-up or register via the internet. Other queries and uploading of the required photographs (artist’s profile and two artwork photographs in 150dpi jpeg format) can be sent by way of electronic mail to sining.ugnayan.ncr@gmail.com.

Be Part of the NCCA Sining Ugnayan: NCR Visual Artist Directory Project! This will be launch as a Social Network Site and become part of the NCCA's official listing of visual artists in the Philippines.

Please sign-up before April 2010


Mary Ann Mendoza-Uy
NCCA-NCVA-NCR Research Head

Joel Yuvienco
Assistant Research Head

Madonna Obusan
City Coordinator

Joey V. Cobcobo
Artepinas, Inc.

Joseph Crisanto R. Martinez
Artepinas, Inc.



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