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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the British Council of the Philippines launched the Pasig River Art for Urban Change, a program that aims to make ho hum-looking structures such as pumping stations seen from the Pasig River, stand out and be visible through art.

The main goal of this project is to revive the river so that it can once again be the Metro Manila’s primary mode of transportation. And so an open call to artists and art collectives who’d like to show their artworks in public spaces.


There are eight sites that need a little loving from artists, which they want completed by May 2017. According to the MMDA,”Artists are invited to propose a work responding to the structure of a pumping station. Proposals are limited to flat, 2-dimensional works. Acrylic latex paint will be provided by Davies
Paints. Additional materials will be on the artist’s account.”  

There are more deets here, but basically, artists should be able to demonstrate relevant work in public art interventions, street art, and mural making. So yeah, urban street artists, you’ve got your names written all over this project.

It’s awesome too because the art works will be unveiled through a a river art tour of the third MNL Urban Design Festival happening on May 27-28.  What’s a tour without a map featuring the art and the artists, right?

Deadline for submissions is on Mar 10, 2017. The announcement of selected artists is on Mar 27. BTW, CCP 13 Artists Awardee Leeroy New, Curator of UP Vargas Museum Dr. Patrick Flores, and Head of Arts and Creative Industries of the British Council Malaya del Rosario compose the selection committee.

If you’re interested, we suggest you read more about the program and see the structures you’ll be painting on here.

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