Batubalani was launched in March 2015 by artist Noel Ed De Leon and art historian Eva Bentcheva.
The name 'Batubalani' stems from the Tagalog word for magnet. Like a magnet which draws objects to itself, we initially created this non-profit organisation to spread news of key developments in Philippine modern art. However, our mission has evolved from acting as an information resource to generating knowledge and awareness.
Inspired by the return of the Philippines to the 2015 Venice Biennale after a fifty year hiatus, we now set out to organise exhibitions, seminars and publications which explore post-war Philippine art as local and international practice. In addition, we work as cultural brokers, connecting Filippino artists to exhibition and funding opportunities in the UK.