Benilde Open Design + Art 2024 exhibit runs until June 30

In synergy with De La Salle University and the Embassy of Switzerland, the first exhibit of Benilde Open Design and Art 2024 showcases the works of creatives from all fields of design and art who were each selected to receive a grant of Php 300,000 to realize projects that have not seen the light of day.  The final works range from video, textiles, puppetry, visual art, apps, augmented reality, sculpture, photography, software, and more.

The 10 grantees of Benilde Open include works by Nice Buenaventura and Costantino Zicarelli, RJ Fernandez, Lyra Garcellano, Aaron Kaiser Garcia, Rambie Lim, Gabe Mercado, Lala Monserrat in collaboration with Russ Ligtas, Geric Cruz and Jazel Kristin, Issay Rodriguez, Mikayla Teodoro, Michael Vea, and Errol Balcos.

There is also a category which features the realized projects of 17 College of St. Benilde students called Best of Benilde who were granted full curatorial support.

Local Identity By Xandrix Corpuz Jr
Local Identity by Xandrix Corpuz Jr.
Developing Puppetry In The Philippines By Mikayla Teodoro
Developing Puppetry in the Philippines by Mikayla Teodoro

The grantees are Louisa Ray Cagaligen, Xandrix Antaso Corpuz Jr, Danielle Cusi, Asia Entico, Gela Mae C. Gamil, Veronica Landig, Pia Maghirang, Earl John Marquez, Rexcel Cariaga and Dars Juson, Camille Jay Pinton, Brian Ilustrisimo Razon, Jonas Roque, Shane Mariel Figuerra, Charles Cedric Quianzon, John Patrick Pascua, Maria Abigail Uson, Akira Watanabe, Liezel Ann Nierves, Glaeor Magne Dominguez, Mariana Julian Bernal with faculty mentor Alejandro Hector Reyes, Jasmine Fiona Tan, and Jasmila Clarisse San.

Exploring The Use Of Philippine Silk Weaving By Rambie Lim
Exploring The Use Of Philippine Silk Weaving by Rambie Lim
Photo7 Polymer And Palm Excerpts Of The Tropikalye Index By Nice Buenaventura And Costantino Zicarelli
Polymer and Palm (Excerpts of the Tropikalye index) by Nice Buenaventura and Costantino Zicarelli
Photo8 Stakeholding Chapter One By Lyra Garcellano
Stakeholding Chapter One by Lyra Garcellano
Photo9 The Kid In Me By Jamila San Multimedia Arts
The Kid In Me by Jamila San (Multimedia Arts)

Also on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila are pieces by renowned Swiss artist Heidi Bucher (1926-1993).

Exhibitions will run until June 30, 2024 at several spaces in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde – School of Design + Arts (SDA) Campus, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila and Hub for Innovation. Weekly free tours for the public will be provided every 20 minutes from the lobby at SDA campus.

Maria Maria By Romela Pavilandolala Monserrat
Maria, Maria by Romela PavilandoLala Monserrat
Nightingales By Rj Fernandez
Nightingales by R.J. Fernandez

There will also be scheduled public programs, talks including a conversation on Swiss artist Heidi Bucher featuring her sons—Indigo and Mayo, activities, and fireside chats on creative courage, grant proposal writing, women in design and architecture, and creative industry unicorns.

The Benilde Open grantees and Best of Benilde students will also have a lineup of talks and activities on puppetry, psychogeography, performance, fashion, and board games while Benilde faculty will host a series of workshops on printmaking, prosthetics, intellectual property and lesson plan design with exhibitions. These are open to students, faculty and non-Benildeans.

For more information and schedule of activities, you may visit or social media @benildeopen.



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