The 18th Avenue Artists’ Compound is an independent artist-run center located in Cubao, Quezon City. Organized by Big Sky Mind Artists’ Projects Foundation, the Compound offers young artists space to create and develop their work amidst an environment of community, camaraderie and professional support.
Based in a warehouse complex, the Compound specifically addresses the need of young artists for working spaces, access to information and representation.
A fresh and alternative site, it gathers artists, students, curators, writers, researchers, other members of the art community and the general public in a place dedicated to the support of Filipino contemporary art.
Former use: Warehouse complex/ Printing press
Architect of the rehabilitation: none
Foundation year of the centre: 2003
Type of occupation: Minimal Rent
Owner of the building: Guerrero Family
Infrastructures / Facilities
Artists’ Studios - three working studios for individual artists are currently available
Library - artists’ portfolios, catalogues, magazines, brochures, books and other reference material.
Computer Room - cable internet access, scanning, printing and video editing equipment.
Storage space for Artworks
Social and artistic disciplines
The Compound’s Artist-in-Residency Program grants one-year studio residencies to young Filipino visual artists. This year’s residency period is from July 2003-June 2004. Resident artists are provided with subsidized working spaces and access to the Compound facilities.
In July 2003, the Compound will have its first quarterly Open House, providing an occasion for the resident artists to present their work to the public. Studio visits, artist talks and other activities will be held during this period.
The Compound also plans to offer video documentation services, workshops and educational programs and portfolio management for artists.
Other structures/organisations resident on the site
The Compound is shared with a video production company, Furball inc.
Big Sky Mind Artists’ Projects Foundation does not receive financial support from any government or institution. Income is generated from studio rentals and private donations.