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Bangkok’s art scene

When people think of Bangkok, mostly they think about wats (temples), shopping, the bustling city and the night life including all the wonderful places to eat. What they may not realise is that the city also has a thriving arts scene. Would you like to learn to draw and paint? Attic Studios on Sukhumvit Soi 31, have art classes for all. There’s lots going on! Check out their website and see for yourself. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to visit Bangkok, they recommend artist Barry John Raybould’s “virtual art academy” where you can become a student online. The prices are very reasonable. As someone with a keen interest in art I’m tempted to give this a try myself. There are several art and photography exhibitions currently happening too. Have we forgot? (until 27 June 2011) Photographer Charit Phusri’s first solo exhibition is about “Thainess”. It’s an exploration of whether Thainess still exists in an increasingly westernised world. Ancient Otaku (until 19 June 2011) This is artist Thosapol Boriboon’s solo exhibition of “a series of symbolic works which explore cyberspace and reality, highlighting how the concepts of truth and illusion are evident in both”. Information about the above exhibitions and more can be found on the Ardel Gallery website. Meanwhile the Sofitel Bangkok Silom’s V9 wine bar and restaurant is displaying contemporary pictures by artist Maitree Homthong depicting the natural beauty of Thailand’s Isaan region. And finally, the 100 Tonson Gallery is exhibiting a series of weaving installations by Sydney-based Thai artist Phaptawan Suwannakudt. These vibrant paintings aim to highlight the differences between living in Thailand and Australia. By the way, if you’re keen on drawing and painting, Thailand is an excellent place for buying art supplies. Even the department stores usually stock a great selection of art materials at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the UK. Leave a little bit of room in your suitcase and take some home with you.

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  1. It’s kind of silly but I’ve wanted to go to Bangkok ever since my Uncle told me stories about the food he had there. It sounded absolutely amazing. To fly to Thailand for food seems like an odd reason but I’m determined to do so. The wife and kids can stay at home!

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