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about the next wave of design and art in the country?

in synergy with De La Salle University and the Embassy of Switzerland

Benilde Design+Art Campus
950 P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila, Philippines

Benilde HiFi Campus (Peter D. Garrucho Jr. Innovations Institute)
1049 P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila, Philippines

May 23 to June 30, 2024,
Open Mondays to Saturdays at 10:00am-5:00pm

To know more about the exhibit and to book a tour, send an email to benildeopen@benilde.edu.ph.

Heidi Bucher: And pull yesterday into today

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD Manila)
Benilde Design+Arts Campus, Dominga St. Malate, Manila, Philippines

May 23 to August 18, 2024
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays at 10:00am-6:00pm

To know more about the exhibit and to book a tour, please send an email to mcad@benilde.edu.ph.

Upcoming Events

35 years

of trailblazing higher education in the creative, digital and service industries

In celebration of its 35th year, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde launches Benilde Open Design + Art, an initiative that welcomes artists, actors, architects, technologists, engineers, industrial designers, craftsmen, illustrators, textile designers, animators, playwrights, composers, video game artist, poets, filmmakers, producers, cinematographers, lighting designers, web developers, editors, fashion designers, chefs, photographers, graphic designers, landscape architects, jewelry designers, orchestra conductors, choirmasters, DJs, stylists, multimedia designers, make-up artists, arts teachers, dancers, choreographers, authors, writers, puppeteers, art directors and all creative practitioners of Filipino citizenship – to heed the call to submit proposals to realize projects that have not seen the light of day.

Benilde Open Design + Art is dedicated to shaping art and design sensibilities by championing innovative and collaborative projects across diverse creative disciplines within and outside the school.

Selected Proposals

The Benilde Open calls for unrealized projects from Benildean and non-Benildean creative practitioners. This thematically explores the curious mindset. Proposals should revolve around curiosities on movement and its relationship to sustainability; the shuttling of thinking across craft and technology; and the culturing of the virtual with the real. The call further seeks design and art projects marked by an appetite for investigation and experimentation, for tinkering that fuels renovation and innovation.  

Selected Proposals

Benilde Open Design + Art also features the Best of Benilde, a juried degree exhibition of student works. An open call for proposals is extended to all students of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Students submitted school projects that speculate on the future of their industry – spanning sustainability and movement, the intersection of craft and technology, and the exploration of digital or virtual domains.

Frequently Asked Questions

All creative practitioners are invited to heed the call to submit proposals: artists, actors, architects, technologists, engineers, industrial designers, craftsmen, illustrators, textile designers, animators, playwrights, composers, video game artist, poets, filmmakers, producers, cinematographers, lighting designers, web developers, editors, fashion designers, chefs, photographers, graphic designers, landscape architects, jewelry designers, orchestra conductors, stylists, multimedia designers, make-up artists, arts teachers, dancers, choreographers, authors, writers, puppeteers, art directors and all creative practitioners of Filipino citizenship.

We encourage proposals of unrealized projects that are multidisciplinary in nature and in line with the theme, Curious. Proposals should reflect interests and curiosities found across: sustainability and movement, craft and technology, and digital or virtual. As in the spirit of any Open we would like to affirm that it welcomes all proposals across disciplines and inspirations.

All projects proposed specifically for the Benilde Open, in line with the theme, CURIOUS are eligible for funding of up to ₱300,000.00 net of taxes, if it’s selected. Up to ten proposals will be selected by a committee of local and international advocates representing different sectors in the creative industries. The announcement of selected proposals is on March 2024.

Best of Benilde is a juried degree exhibition of student works. Proposals can be submitted by all students of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde who are currently enrolled. Proposals from alumni from the academic years spanning 2020 to 2023 will be accepted, if it is endorsed by the dean of the school. There is no funding for these projects as they are part of a current or previous academic exercise. However, full support will be provided in staging and promoting the project in the best possible way so the public is fully engaged.

Visit the Benilde Open Design + Art website: open.benilde.edu.ph to access the application forms for both Benilde Open and Best of Benilde.

December 1, 2023 to February 12, 2024 (extended)
Submission of proposals

February 2024
Review and selection of proposals

March 2024
Announcement of selected proposals

May 23, 2024 to June 30, 2024
Benilde Open Design + Art exhibition dates

Yes, a zoom meeting can be arranged with a representative of the Benilde Open Design + Art team. Please send an email request to benildeopen@benilde.edu.ph. Also email in advance any questions or concerns that need to be addressed.

Yes, anybody can help you write the proposal except for individuals who are part of the Benilde Open Design + Art team.

The proposals are reviewed and selected by a committee of individuals who are local and international advocates representing various sectors within the creative industries. Current faculty, associates and consultants of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde are not part of the selection committee to encourage them to submit proposals.

All administrative, transport and related expenses are supported as long as they are reflected in the budget submitted in the proposal. The maximum amount that can be funded is ₱300,000.00 net of taxes. You should be able to realize your proposed project within this amount. The Benilde Open Design + Art team will also provide curatorial assistance for the staging of your project. There will be several meetings to discuss the ideas for staging the project.

By submitting an application to the Benilde Open, each Proponent confirms that they are the owner or the licensee of all applicable intellectual property (and moral rights) in the Project.

All intellectual property rights in the Project shall at all times remain (as between the parties) the property of the Proponent, subject to the provisions of existing intellectual property laws. 
 
In consideration of the grant provided by Benilde, the Recipient agrees to acknowledge, in perpetuity, the support received from Benilde in all materials, publications, and public presentations related to the Project. The Recipient further undertakes to ensure the access of Benilde to any exhibitions or use of the Project, allowing representatives of Benilde reasonable access, upon prior notice, for purposes of observation, documentation and promotion. This undertaking shall continue beyond the completion of the Project, and is binding on the successors and assigns of both parties.

Envisioning the Future of Design and Arts

Benilde Open Design + Art is facilitated by a working team of convenors who are faculty, associates or consultants in service of the school together with Benilde President, Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC, a visual artist.

The convenors share, “It’s the kind of creative democracy that should be encouraged, one that cuts across geography,  social status, privilege, gender, power, disciplines, and even education. The inquisitiveness of a curious mind could well be the impetus in the articulation of a multiplicity of creativities. In a similar way that knowledge is different, creativity is fleshed out through the most surprising of modes. As in the spirit of any Open we would like to affirm that it welcomes all proposals across disciplines and inspirations.”

Dindin Araneta

Arts Manager

Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC

Visual Artist

Joselina Cruz

Contemporary Art Curator

Gabby Lichauco

Industrial Designer

Ayi Magpayo

Producer

Rita Nazareno

Designer

Selection Committee

Schedule

December 1, 2023 to February 12, 2024 (extended)

Submission of Proposals

February 2024

Review and selection of proposals

May 8, 2024

Announcement of selected proposals

May 23, 2024 to June 30, 2024

Benilde Open Design + Art exhibition for Benilde Open and Best of Benilde

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Malate, Manila
1004 Philippines

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