Artists of the world come to Hua Hin

Art June 25, 2018 10:00

By The Nation

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For the first time ever, an international contemporary art residency programme is being held in Thailand.

With participants Michael John Bell, Stephen Anthony Bird and Ruth Li from Australia, Marc Janssens from Belgium, Sanket Viramgami from India, Monika Grycko from Italy, Hideyuki Katsumato from Japan, Epjey Pacheco from Philippines, Anna Maria Couderc from Spain, Do Hiep and Pham Huy Thong from Vietnam, and Thailand’s very own Vasan Sithikett moving into the Nern Chalet Beachfront Hotel in Hua Hin,

“This residency programme puts Thailand on the map as the destination for art, in addition to being known for great people, food, and culture. I want to congratulate Caranee of Nern Chalet Beachfront Hotel for hosting this event,” commented Orasa Awutkom, regional director of Tourism Authority of Thailand in Prachuab Khiri Khan.

All 12 of the international artists have won awards and their work are showcased in museums around the world such as Museum of Modern Art, The Australian National Gallery Canberra, and Singapore Art Museum.

They will use Nern Chalet Beachfront Hotel as their home base to explore Hua Hin and nearby cities to research and craft new artwork from painting to sculpture.

“I’m very excited about this first international contemporary art residency programme in Hua Hin. I can’t believe that it’s finally happening. It’s difficult to find a host who understands art and is generous enough to support this type of programme," says Vasan, who has received worldwide recognition for his work.

For artists and people who are interested in art, it is a great opportunity to explore and exchange new ideas, develop network and strengthen relationships with other international artists as well as local artists and art organisations. 

The International Contemporary Art Residency Programme is open for the public to visit, to meet these international artists, to learn from them, and to see their work in development at the hotel.

The residency programme will conclude with an exhibition of the artwork produced during their stay at River City Bangkok from July 11-20.

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