Krabi International Art Workshop

By Emily Huang Ramirez Jun 25, 2014
Krabi is having an art attack, and we’ve no need for resuscitation. For the second year in a row, Krabi Magazine was invited to bear witness to a fantastic movement towards enhancing the arts and cultural appeal of Krabi Province at the Krabi International Art Workshop. 34 artists from around the world were invited to impart their knowledge to students of all ages during their tour, as well as create works that will later be displayed in the Andaman Museum, set to open this summer.

Krabi Town Mayor, Mr. Keeratisak Phukaoluan kicked things off at the Krabi Municipality as artists began creating works from scratch in a variety of mediums, from mixed media and photography, to paintings and sculptures. Honorable Krabi Governor Mr. Prasit Osathanon also presided over the opening ceremony. Both the Mayor and the Governor, along with several other notable supporters, have been passionate proponents of transforming Krabi into a hub for arts and culture in the southern provinces, aside from its usual terrain attractions.

The other focus of the project was to increase awareness and more importantly, interest from local youth in cultivating their artistic skills. Supporters of the project are keenly aware of the enrichment potential of engaging southern populations in art, in addition to the diversification and subsequent growth of tourism in this region. The project has received a proposed allocation of 103 million baht.

After holding workshops to hundreds of students at Silpakorn and Naresuan Universities, the artists made their final stop in Krabi for a four-day event. Several hundred people -including school-aged children- were in attendance, engaging with the artists as they freely exchanged ideas, inspiration and technique while creating unique pieces specifically for the museum.

The workshop produced 50 pieces of art for exhibition at the museum, in addition to the previously created works generously loaned by the visiting artists.

“The governor wants this province to be not just a tourist destination, but an art center,” Khun Chuan Phukaoluan spoke at the closing dinner ceremony at Krabi Resort. “You are all angels. I feel very grateful that you are spending all your time to present your art to the Krabi people, and all the people visiting Krabi.”

The hope is that the project will continue to gain momentum as both national and international artists continue to be invited to share their work in the museum. Additionally, the museum is set to open an adjoining art school for school-aged children, with varied artists being invited to visit and teach.

The overall buzz of the event was one of success and excitement, and rightfully so. Good things are ahead for the province of Krabi.

Stay tuned for Krabi Magazine’s coverage of the opening of the Andaman Museum, in August of 2014.

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