Celebrating 70 Years of Philippine-Australia Diplomatic Relations through Art

CANBERRA, Australia — Witness how Filipino artist Francis Sollano converts trash into art proving that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

francis-sollano-portrait-2016_2The Philippine Embassy in Canberra will open its doors to the public for an exhibit and art installation celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia on 05 November 2016. Dubbed ‘Geometric Trash-ures: Inspiring New Paradigms’, the installation is Francis’ artistic interpretation of animals found in the Philippines and Australia. Collaborative work and trashion accessories with Hana Nellas and Christy Manguerra will also be featured in the exhibit.

Francis Sollano is known for his contemporary takes on upcycling garbage into wearable art, converting decaying landscapes to lush urban space. He is participating as one of the featured international artists in DESIGN Canberra starting 27 October 2016. Francis’ work has previously been shown in major cities including London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok.

The exhibit and public art installation will be held on 5 November 2016 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, 1 Moonah Place Yarralumla ACT 2600.

H.E. Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, said the public event is an opportunity to engage fellow members of the ACT community and build greater awareness on the historic, steadfast and enduring friendship between the Philippines and Australia. ACT is home to at least 3,000 Filipinos.

“Cebu Pacific (CEB), a true-blue Filipino carrier, strongly supports initiatives of Filipinos in the international arena such as Australia that would aid in boosting tourism in and out of the country and would strengthen ties between the Philippines and Australia. CEB makes this possible by allowing Filipinos to experience a fun, convenient and affordable travel. CEB will continue to fly and serve as an instrument toward bringing Filipino artists abroad while promoting the Philippines and Australia as tourists destinations,” says Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

The event was made possible by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Tours and Youth for a Livable Cebu.

Registration is free through: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/exhibit-and-public-art-installation-by-filipino-artist-francis-sollano-tickets-28446699845?aff=es2

For specific inquiries, contact: cbrpe@philembassy.org.au

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