Contemporary Artist Collective
Launched in January 2012 as Manila’s first ever multi-disciplinary community and artistic workspace, 98B is a self-proclaimed ‘COLLABoratory’, focusing on discourse between the city’s most creative minds, from designers and curators to filmmakers and activists.
From founder and co-director Mark Salvatus, a multi-media artist whose works have been shown in prominent art galleries from Manila’s The Drawing Room to Australia’s La Trobe Visual Art Center, 98B was created to fill a void in the city’s upcoming art scene, becoming not only a thriving hub for Manila’s artist collective, but also a one-stop culture spot for visiting art buffs.
In a little over a year, 98B has proven prolific in terms of programs and projects, organising the monthly ‘Future Market’ artisan and thrift bazaar, hosting regular art talks by local and visiting artists, sponsoring Artist-in-Residency programs in the Philippines, and even incorporating an open library and design studio into its Escolta home base.
Having moved from the original Cubao location a few months ago, 98B now takes on the project of revitalising the Escolta area, a vibrant commercial hub in the early 1900s, first with a series of ‘Saturday Markets’ held in the basement of the historic First United Building. And after last week’s successful market debut, planning is now underway for the next event, with the collaborative goal to breathe new life into the city. Artists unite!