At the heart of its base of operations in Intramuros, the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) further fulfills its service to the Filipino Visual Arts community by opening its exhibition space known as the NCCA Gallery at the lobby of the NCCA Building in 2009.   This was in response to the demands of the vastly burgeoning contemporary art scene in the Philippines.

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Dedicated to contemporary arts, the NCCA Gallery is a joint initiative of the National Committee on Art Galleries (NCAG) under the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage, and the National Committee on Visual Arts (NCVA) under the Subcommission on the Arts.

Through the gallery, both the NCAG and the NCVA aim to provide young and emerging artists a venue for exposure without curtailing creative exploration and expression. Likewise, established artists will have the opportunity to share their conceptual narratives to the audience and encourage engagements in the arts.

Guidelines and Application Form

The NCCA Gallery is open to exhibition proposals from individual or group of artists for its exhibition calendar from February to December 2016.   Interested parties are required to submit the following:

1. Curatorial Brief / Full Exhibition Plan:

    A description and summary of the exhibition, including the concept and how the space will be utilized.

The gallery requires that each exhibition will have a minimum duration of 15 days to a maximum of 30 days. Any changes shall be subject to approval provided that they are filed by the artist/s with the gallery prior to or within the screening period. The NCCA Gallery, with the authority of NCAG and NCVA, has the right to make exhibit schedule adjustments which shall be communicated to exhibiting artist/s as soon as such changes are finalized.


Exhibit Title :
Preferred Date:
Name of Applicant (Individual or Group):
Type of Exhibition (Solo or Group):
Contact Person:
Contact Number(s) (Landline & Mobile):
E-mail Address:
Curatorial Brief / Exhibition Plan :
2. Artist/s portfolio:
A.   Updated biodata or resume of artist/s.

B. 10 or more digital photographs of sample artworks each properly labeled with details such as artist/s name/s, artwork title, medium, dimensions/measurements, year of completion, and a brief description if possible.

C. Include any previous write-up/s about the artist/s such as newspaper or magazine articles, video clips, and other media features.    Both soft (e.g. CD, USB Memory Stick) and hard (e.g. printed reproductions, clippings) copies are acceptable.

3. Artist’s or artists’ statement about the proposed exhibition

4. Curators Portfolio (if any)


Screening and Review of Proposal:

Exhibition proposals shall be screened for approval and scheduling by the NCCA Gallery – Exhibition Screening Team (EST). The team shall be composed at least five members: Heads and Vice Heads of the NCAG and the NCVA (or, in their absence, their chosen representatives from their respective committees) and a representative from the NCCA Management (e.g. the Executive Director or the Chief of the Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD) or a duly designated representative). The NCCA Gallery – EST shall be assisted by the NCCA Secretariats of the Subcommission on the Arts, and the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage, and the NCCA Gallery Managing Curator.

Applicants whose proposals are approved shall receive a confirmation letter from the NCCA Gallery – EPST through the Secretariat of the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage.

An exhibition agreement between the NCCA Gallery – Exhibition Screening Team and the chosen applicant/s will be furnished by the Exhibition Program Secretariat. The exhibition is finalized upon signing of the said agreement and the artist/s or artist group/s shall henceforth be referred to as Exhibitor.

Criteria for Selection:       

Subject to the NCCA Gallery Exhibit Guidelines and availability of funds for the program, exhibit proposals are considered based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the NCCA Gallery’s thrust
  • Concept of exhibit (Conceptual, Fine Arts, Installation, others)
  • Broadness of appeal
  • Subject, technique, and style
  • Relevance to coinciding special and/or national events, if any
  • Relation to other events or exhibits in the community
  • Representation of an influential culture, movement, genre, or trend
  • Objectivity in presentations of controversial topics
  • Impartiality in partisan politics, religious and social doctrines
  • Creative vitality and originality in artistic expression and experimentation
  • Does not promote financial profit of any individual, organization, or commercial enterprise
  • Ease and cost of installation

The NCCA Gallery – EST, through the Exhibition Program Secretariat reserves the right to approve or disapprove all exhibit requests, to have final approval for the layout of the exhibit, and to make all decisions regarding exhibit duration, placement of the exhibit within the gallery, and content of publicity.

Deadline of Submission for 2016 Exhibitions: October 30, 2015 [Friday]

Letter of intent should be addressed to:

Ms. Adelina M. Suemith
[OIC] Executive Director

National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
633 General Luna Street, Intramuros 1002 Manila, Philippines

Attention:      NCCA Gallery and Exhibition Program Secretariat
                            [Managing Curator] Cultural Heritage Section, Room 3B, Third Floor, NCCA