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Join the Ali Mall art competition and win Php150,000

Ali Mall, the first major modern shopping mall in the Philippines, is on the trail of creating another milestone by being the first to showcase authentic Filipino works of art within the mall premises via a nationwide art competition called Ali Art Competition.

The first Ali Art Competition is open to all young Filipino artists from 18 to 30 years old.

The challenge is to create either a representational or non-representational artwork that can be displayed on designated areas inside Ali Mall.

Entries for the contest are divided into four categories: painting, mixed media, sculpture, and installation art.

The artist may use oil, acrylic, or mixed media for painting, while any medium is accepted for other categories.

The artists are all encouraged to use recycled or sustainable materials for their art pieces.

Interested participants may join the contest by downloading the presentation and application form at www.aranetacenter.net, or by securing application forms at Pizza Hut outlets, office of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Contemporary Art Magazine head office, and other participating art galleries, schools, and museums.

Entries will be accepted until November 13, 2010 at the Gateway Suites.

Those who will participate under the installation art category must first submit a concept proposal in sketch or digital format by October 15.

The grand prize winner will receive Php150,000. Other cash prizes include Php100,000 (second place), Php50,000 (third place), and Php20,000 each for 10 semi-finalists.

Winners will be announced on December 11, 2010.

Preliminary screening will be done on November 27, 2010 by a distinguished panel of judges: art history professor Dr. Reuben Canete; sculptor Riel Hilario; mixed media painter Ruel Caasi; Contemporary Art Philippines editor-in-chief Tara Sering; Araneta Center VP for architecture and engineering Julie Castro; and sportswriter Robert Gianzon.

The artists are free to explore appropriate themes for Ali Mall, which may involve the mall’s sports legacy and its role in the Philippine shopping industry’s history.

Established 34 years ago in 1976, the creation of the mall was a personal request by boxing great Muhammad Ali after beating Joe Frazier in the 1975 Thrilla in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum.

Back then, there was no shopping mall to serve the lifestyle needs of the residents of Manila.

The first Ali Art Competition hopes to encourage and inspire budding artists to express their creativity and at the same time bring original art closer to people by showcasing them in a venue that they regularly visit, such as Ali Mall.

For further inquiries about the contest, please email [email protected]

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