Presented by the Department of Fine Arts and the Ateneo Art Gallery, When the Art World Turns, New Spaces Appear features the Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). Founder and director Jam Acuzar and artistic director Diana Campbell Betancourt shall talk about the outreach initiative of the non-profit foundation, particularly within the realm of artist residency, public education, and providing spaces for contemporary work characterized by experimentation, interdisciplinarity, and conceptual daring. This talk also serves as the second plenary session of FA 103: Apprenticeship and Outreach, a course at the Fine Arts Department that explores the notion of outreach by interrogating art’s presence in different levels of community engagement.This ArtSpeak event will be held in Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm18 October 2017Wednesday.RSVP through:
Jam Acuzar
Jam Acuzar, art collector and heritage conservator, is the founder and director of Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). Taking inspiration from its home base, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, BAP embraces experimental and contemporary works while promoting Filipino heritage, craftsmanship, and material culture. Among BAP’s many projects, she has seen the completion of the monumental site-specific art project in Bataan by the world-renowned Swiss artist, Not Vital. Jam studied Art History at the American University in Paris and took certificate courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Central Saint Martins in London. Recently, she participated in a panel discussion at the viennacontemporary that discussed the “Shifting Role of the Collector.”To learn more about Bellas Artes Projects, visit:
Diana Campbell Betancourt
An American curator, Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). As chief curator, Diana has developed the Dhaka Art Summit to be the world’s leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia. She chairs the board of the Mumbai Art Room, has been a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and has collaborated with sculpture parks including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, de Cordova, and Wanas Konst on commissions of Indian sculpture. She has consulted the New Museum and MCA Chicago and many other leading institutions on their inclusion of South Asia in their exhibitions programs. A graduate of Princeton University, Diana was a nominee for the 2016 Independent Curators International Independent Vision Curatorial Award and a part of MoMA’s 2016 International Curatorial Institute.


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Ateneo Art Gallery
In line with Manga Hokusai Manga, Ateneo Art Gallery will be screening animated films by Makoto Shinkai from the collection of The Japan Foundation, Manila. Voices of a Distant Star (2002) and The Garden of Words (2013) will be shown on all Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays until the 26th of July 2017.
July 4, 5, 8, 11, 12 15, 18, 19, 22, 25 & 26
10 am and 2 pm*Both films will be shown during each time slot at the Manga Hokusai Manga exhibition space.

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Ambeth R. Ocampo, historian and curator of #LUZ@90, will give a lecture on the show on 20 April 2017, Thursday at 3:30 pm. Featuring recent and early works, the exhibition is a celebration of the 90th birth anniversary of Arturo R. Luz, National Artist for Visual Arts. Selected works featured in the exhibition will form part of the Ambeth R. Ocampo bequest to the Ateneo de Manila University. Limited seats available. For reservations, email (Photo credit: Bahag)

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ArtSpeak with featured artists in ‘Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil’

23 March 2017, Thursday, 3:30 pm

On the panel for next week’s ArtSpeak are featured artists in ‘Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil’. Virgilio Aviado, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Jose Tence Ruiz and Pablo Baen Santos will engage us in conversation about their works in the show and art and its response to political unrest. We will also be joined by special guests, Pete Lacaba for a poetry reading and sharing of his experiences in now-defunct Arts Club in Ateneo and Lisa Ito of Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).

Limited seats available. For reservations, email

ArtSpeak with Ferran Barenblit


Ferran Barenbilt, Director of MACBA will speak about PEI, the Independent Studies program of their museum. The Independent Studies Program (PEI after its Spanish acronym) is a learning laboratory that that takes place inside and outside the museum institution, and whose main aim is to develop critical thought from the intersection of artistic practices, social sciences and political and institutional interventions.

Learn more about MACBA’s PEI on 14 February, Tuesday 5pm at Ateneo Art Gallery. This ArtSpeak is presented in cooperation with Embajada de España en Manila and Art Fair Philippines.


Join us next week for the next ArtSpeak with Carina Evangelista, titled ‘When Forces Shape Form: Art as Reflection and Response’, on Wednesday, 23rd of November, 4pm.


When Forces Shape Form: Art as Reflection and Response

A lecture on artworks that reflect and respond to the world, made by artists who use the forces foisted upon, or generated by, society as a medium will be presented by Carina Evangelista. As materialized repositories of the interpreted, mediated, and creatively transformed social pulse, they can be controversial or difficult but they can also be spare or spectacular, lyrical or vulgar, intimate or expansive. These works embody the artists’ triggered responses to the world, stoking convictions, challenging prejudices; recording, framing, or reframing situations and questions, altogether speaking to the implicit and explicit tensions of the moment. As such, these artworks come in curious and unusual forms—shaped both by the forces of their milieu as well as the counterforce applied by the artist in distilling, filtering, fermenting, regurgitating, or agitating against the complexity and challenges of unfolding histories.

Carina Evangelista is an art professional whose practice has straddled the United States and the Philippines. She is currently Editor for the Chuck Close catalogue raisonné and Contributing Editor for Artifex Press in New York.



Winners of the 2016 Ateneo Art Awards Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Art, Rocky Cajigan and Nathalie Dagmang will talk about their winning exhibitions, their practice and influences with Angel Velasco Shaw, Media Artist and Director of Institute of Heritage, Culture and the Arts at Philippine Women’s University.

Rocky Cajigan was awarded the prize for his exhibition Museumified held at Blanc Gallery from 10-31 October 2015, while Nathalie Dagmang won for her thesis show, Dito sa may Ilog ng Tumana: A Sensory Investigation on the Contradictory Relationship of Barangay Tumana with the Marikina River, held at the UP College of Fine Arts from 27 May – 5 June 2015.

Through Museumified, Cajigan questions how his heritage as an indigenous person from Bontoc, Mountain Province is represented in museums. His works are meticulously crafted and purposely composed to construct personal and communal stories of disappearing and evolving practices. Using an ethnographic approach to her practice, Dagmang actively observes how people change and are changed by their environment in her video work. The river—a source of life for the people of Tumana—can also be a source of upheaval.

To confirm your attendance, please email us at Works by the shortlisted artists and writers will be on display at the Ateneo Art Gallery until 3 December 2016