Image by JM Tubera
Image courtesy of John Gatip

Capiz Past Event

Presented by John Gatip


Thu 23 May 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri 24 May 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Opening Event
Sat 25 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 26 May 10:00pm - 5:00pm
Mon 27 May 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Tue 28 May 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Wed 29 May 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Thu 30 May 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri 31 May 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Sat 01 Jun 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun 02 Jun 10:00am - 5:00pm


Free, Booking Required


Inarc Architects
19 Agnes St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia


All gender bathroom, Assistance animals welcome, Low sensory / relaxed, Open captioned, Seating available

Capiz, the shell of the Placuna Placenta mollusc, has shaped the material language of traditional Filipino architecture and decorative arts for centuries. The flat, iridescent, and translucent properties of the shell have predominantly been used as alternatives to glass, from windows to lanterns and chandeliers. The mollusc abundantly grows within the muddy and brackish waters of the archipelago. Readily harvested, the use of capiz shells forms an important cultural asset for the Filipino people. Explore new interpretations of this material through a series of hanging installations and object designs at Inarc Architects’ studio.

Capiz celebrates the uniqueness of capiz shells and draws on its rich history and future as a natural resource.



John Gatip

The works of John Gatip span within the transection of art and architecture. His multi-modal approach derives from the need to narrate the immediate, record his observations and create his explorations. John celebrates his heritage as a Filipino born Australian as he is heavily influenced by the culture and the arts and craft of the Philippines. He is a registered architect in Victoria, Australia and co-led Master of Architecture Design Studios at the Melbourne School of Design. John’s work has been shortlisted for 2023 Yering Station Sculpture Art Prize, 2023 Omnia Art Prize.

Inarc Architects

Inarc Architects is an architectural and interiors practice based in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga) established in 1994. Inarc is known for their highly integrated practice that combines architecture with interior design. Their projects also place an emphasis on the relationship of architecture with the landscape context. They pride themselves in producing designs that are rich in character and harbour a sense of place for the people that occupy them. Inarc’s work spans a multitude of typologies and scale including single-residential, medium density residential, bespoke interior projects, commercial, education and exhibition design.