Starting in May 2019, Bellas Artes Projects inaugurates ESKWELA, an experimental school period for transdisciplinary thought and context-responsive art making. Acclaimed artists, film theorists, anthropologists, curators, historians, and dancers from the Philippines and abroad will lead intensive seminars and workshops within five subjects structuring the ESKWELA program:
• Queer Filipiniana• Asia Pacific: Visual Histories of War and Postwar• Movement & the Choreographic Turn in Performance• Indigeneities and Contemporary Art• Context Responsive Art PracticeThese seminars will take place at Bellas Artes Outpost in Makati in two separate sessions in 2019: CYCLE 1: May-June CYCLE 2: September-NovemberBellas Artes Projects’ ESKWELA is a reflection on the moment in which the 1867 Rafael Enriquez y Villanueva Mansion (BAP’s headquarters in Bataan) once served as the Escuela de Bellas Artes, the second oldest art school in the Philippines. With ESKWELA, an alternative form of learning and teaching is proposed wherein participants may navigate, debate and share in an interdisciplinary platform content that are already part of the rich academic field in Manila.Applications for enrollment to ESKWELA are open to participants from across fields in the arts and the humanities, regardless of age. Whether a student, an artist, art historian, dancer, museum worker, thinker or passionate in linking cultural production with phenomena in society. There is an enrollment fee of 800 pesos per seminar. Applicants may apply to a minimum three of ESKWELA subjects to obtain a certificate of participation.