V64 – Community Arts Complex in Bangkok

V64 Art Studio Bangkok

The team at V64 pose for this panorama shot

For the artistically inclined among you, the opening of a new art gallery in Bangkok can only come as good news in this artistically dormant city. Don’t get me wrong, the Thais are a very artistic race, but they lack the liberalism inherent in Western culture. There are, occasionally, some impressive works of graffiti, one or two galleries, and a few urbane places to hang out. But that’s nothing compared to places like New York, where modern graffiti as we know it first started, or cities like Paris, with art galleries in abundance.

Thailand – at present – seems to be going through a period of social evolution. Considering that until 1932, Thailand was still under an absolute monarchy, the rate of change since that time has been phenomenal, and there are now some 10,000,000 inhabitants in this sprawling metropolis, compared to only 890,000 in the 30s. The new generation is becoming increasingly liberal, and they are taking elements of their unique culture, and blending it with Western influences. What I personally hope is that in doing this, they don’t lose their heritage; I can imagine nothing more boring than a uniform, homogeneous world, where culture in Thailand is the same as it is in America. Variety is the spice of life!

Many tourists and residents of Bangkok will be familiar with the striking art work found in Chatuchak Weekend Market. Now these artists have collaborated to open a unique art studio/gallery on Chaengwattana, Soi 1. V64 is housed within a disused factory building and offers 4,800 m2 of studio space, a dedicated gallery with monthly exhibitions by Thai and international artists, workshops, an art academy, café bar, and sculpture garden. More than 60 artists reside within the studio complex, some of whom can be seen at work while you walk around.

V64 Art Studio Chaengwattana Bangkok

V64 Art Studio Chaengwattana Bangkok

V64 Art Gallery Chaengwattana Bangkok

The V64 team are very welcoming and I was personally greeted by the PR & Marketing Manager, Kalisha Pim Jariyapaiboon, who gave me useful information about the artists and services provided. V64 also runs an art academy for children from 3-15 years of age, which is a great service to the community and a place to foster the next generation of Thai artists. I was very enthused by the communal vibe at V64 and see it as a potential gathering place for artistic minds who are looking for an inspiring location to rendezvous. The café bar sells both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and is open until 10:00 p.m. everyday, making it the perfect place for a get together.

V64 Art Academy Bangkok

V64 Art Academy Bangkok

If you’re looking to meet like-minded people in Bangkok, V64 is throwing a Grand Opening Party on November 11, 2011, and anyone with a passion for art, music, culture – or just making new friends – is invited. In the meantime, follow the links below to learn more about V64’s whereabouts and take a visit to their fascinating studio.

143/19 Chaengwattana Soi 1 Yaek 6, Bhangkhen Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Thailand

+66 8 9143 0986 (Mobile) ‎

02 973 2681-2

v64_artstudio@hotmail.co.th

http://www.v64artstudio.com

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6 Comments on “V64 – Community Arts Complex in Bangkok”

  1. Karsten says:

    Sounds very interesting. Thanks for writing about it.

  2. nicole says:

    hey, thanks for this post! do you know of any other artist communities that welcome expats in bangkok? or other things/events/opportunities of this sort? oh, and nice subtitle for your blog. > __ <

    • Ray Malcolm says:

      Hi, thanks for the compliments! I don’t know of any others at the moment, though of course there is the art section at Chatuchak Market. I had a look at your website and I like your work, looks good . . .thanks again

      • nicole says:

        i think those hypnotized squirrels they sell at that market can count as living sculptures of some sort. thanks for the reply. i never check out these bloggy types of things but so far your site is super helpful and amusing.


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