The Metrobank Foundation Inc. launched its annual visual arts competition, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) at the SM Aura Premier in Taguig City.
For more than 30 years, MADE has been showcasing artists of note, using their traveling art exhibition to bring personal creativity into the public eye. The theme of this year was “Discover.” The idea was to look at the mundane everyday world we inhabit through new eyes.
On display for “Discover” are works by Robert Feleo, one of the first awardees of the Metrobank Annual Painting Competition, as it was known then. They are joined by the works of Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay, and Mark Justiniani, once members of an art group during the 80s and 90s known as “Salingpusa.”
Also on display are an array of decorative elements and costumes worn at the Manila Metropolitan Theatre, also known as the Met. The costumems on display hail from the Art Deco theater’s 85 years of existence. The building itself is declared as a National Cultural Treasure, and the costumes on display highlight that rich cultural heritage. Any single performance is temporary, but Theatre is forever.
The MADE Painting Competition is open to all Filipino artists aged 18-35 years old who have not held a solo exhibition. The MADE Sculptor Competition, on the other hand, is open to all professional Filipino sculptors who have staged at least one solo exhibition.
Two Grand Prize Winners for the Painting Competition and one Grand Prize Winner for the Sculpture Competition will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. Each will receive a P 500,000.00 cash prize and the “Mula” glass trophy designed by visual artist and MADE winner Noel El Farrol, to be awarded during Metrobank’s 56th anniversary in September. Grand Prize winners also become member of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW), the alumni organization of past MADE awardees implementing pay-it-forward projects that benefit marginalized sectors.
The Art MADE Public will run from January 25 through to March 21. You can catch the exhibit at SM Aura Premier (January 25-February 2); SM City Bacolod (February 1-3); SM Seaside Cebu (February 8-10); SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City (March 1-3); SM Dasmariñas (March 8-12), and SM Manila (March 14-21).