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In line with its commitment to advancing creative practices and cultural professionalism in Southeast Asia, the British Council has commissioned Ateneo Art Gallery to do an in-depth research to better understand the context, nature and aspirations of creative hubs in the Philippines.

The study aims to provide an overview of the creative hubs scene and its underlying collaborative ventures in arts and innovation. Based on a similar study from 2016,
a creative hub is a community or 'place, that may be physical or virtual, which brings together creative people. It may also be a convener, providing space and support for networking, business development and community engagement within the creative, cultural and tech sectors.'

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This mapping exercise further aims to provide a profile of the cities and the creative communities that dwell in them through an assessment of the hubs’ directions, challenges and merits. The study grounds itself on the idea of 'exchange, transfer and facilitation of knowledge'.

With this as starting point, the research looks into varying forms of hubs – as alternative spaces, artist-run spaces, makerspaces, innovation centres or co-working spaces. It has chosen to focus on nine hubs that represent unique models and processes in terms of operations and objectives within Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The nine (9) case studies are:

The research acts as a starting point for further exploration of these spaces and possible intersections for future programmes. 

Read the full report.

Know more about British Council’s global Creative Hubs programme.


Researcher Team: Paolo Arago, Iris Ferrer

Research Advisers: Ma. Victoria T. Herrera and Yael B. Borromeo of Ateneo Art Gallery

Copyright 2017. Philippines.

For more information, send an email to arts@britishcouncil.org.ph