Tue 28th Aug
Assist Thai Visa Services Sponsors Gate Theater

Assist Thai Visa Services renews their sponsorship for gate theatre for another year.

Rhys Bonney Director of Assist Thai Visa Services told Citylife it was because of their commitment to the residents of Chiang Mai and in particular the arts.

If any company or individual wishes to sponsor Gate Theater they should contact [email protected]

The next performance will be on August 31 The Amen Corner by Readers Theatre Production from the Gate Theater Group at AUA Auditorium – one night only – 7pm – directed by Stephan Tuner – Written by American writer and social critic James Baldwin in 1954, The Amen Corner is a three-act play that portrays the incongruity of religious idealism and harsh reality in an African American community plagued by poverty and racial prejudice. The play follows a respected female pastor, Margaret Alexander, as she leads a church that meets in a storefront in the middle of the twentieth century. Margaret’s fears and suffering from her past have led her to a life of strict religious observance, and she leads her congregation without telling them of the failures in her past. Tickets for The Amen Corner are 250 baht, at the door only.  Box office opens at 6:00pm; curtain 7:00pm. General Admission seating.  Seating is limited. Arrive early!

Sat 30th Jun
The 9th UOB Painting Competition at TCDC

Artist talk at TCDC Chiang Mai to announce the 9th  United Overseas Bank (Thai) PLC. Painting of the Year competition for emerging and established Thai artists to reveal their artistic passion and talent.The annual competition demonstrates UOB’s commitment to connecting communities through art.

Mr. Sanchai Apisaksirikul, Managing Director and Country Head of Finance and Corporate Services, UOB (Thai), said the Bank has been uncovering, nurturing and promoting local artistic talent in Thailand through the UOB Painting of the Year competition for almost a decade. The Bank’s support of Southeast Asian art through its other programmes began four decades ago.

“As a long-term champion of Southeast Asian art, UOB provides opportunities for all artists – from those just starting out to the professionals who continue to seek breakthroughs – to be recognised on the regional art stage. We hope that the UOB Painting of the Year competition will continue to help inspire Thai artists and draw them closer to other art communities in Southeast Asia.   This is in line with our commitment to helping connect people, enrich lives and strengthen communities, and in turn contribute to social progress,” Mr Sanchai said.

The winner of last year’s UOB Thailand Painting of the Year and the 2017 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award was Mr. Sukit Choosri. It was the first time a Thai artist had won the regional award.

At the event, the participants shared with one another their perspectives on art, the challenges and opportunities they faced and the experiences they gained from pursuing their passion at home and overseas. Present included Assistant Professor Somporn Rodboon : prominent Thai curator and a committee member at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Mr.Alongkorn Lauwatthana : The National Thai Artist and Mr. Kananek Treetantiplert : 8th UOB Painting of the Year Winner (Thailand).

Submissions for the 9th UOB Painting of the Year competition will be received from 31 August to 2 September 2018. For more competition details, please visit www.uobpoy.com

The winners of the 9th UOB Thailand Painting of the Year competition will be announced at an awards ceremony on 2 October 2018. The UOB Thailand Painting of the Year winner will then compete for the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award with other outstanding artists from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The country winners from the UOB Painting of the Year competition will also be considered for a month-long residency programme at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.

Tue 5th Jun
Great and Good Friends Curator’s Talk at MAIIAM

Trevor Merrion presented Great and Good Friends Curator’s Talk at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum hosted by Jennifer A. Harhigh U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai.

This exhibition, a gift of friendship from the American people, displays the official gifts exchanged between American Presidents and Thai Kings over the past 200 years. Trevor provided insight on these incredible objects and the rich moments in history they represent. Among the gifts on display are a set of gold nielloware  from King Chulalongkorn to the Smithsonian Institution 1876, a cigarette case with the royal cypher of King Ananda Mahidol to President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1945 (a Gift of Peace conveying the Kingdoms desire for peace), a ceremonial gold robe from Prince Wan Waithayakon to the Smithsonian Institution 1947, a gold Niello desk set a gfit from King Bhumipol Adulyadej to President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1960. Many more items are on display.

The exhibition is on display at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The exhibition is on display until 30 June 2018 and is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  Admission is 150 baht for adults, 50 baht for students with IDs.  It is free for children under 12 years old.  Last admission is at 3:30 p.m.

Eric Bunnag Booth, the co-owner of MAIIAM, explained MAIIAM is a tribute to his great grand aunt Jao Jom Iam, a royal consort to HM King Rama V. In the exhibition there is a letter from Phraya Suriyawong Montri (Dit Bunnag) to President James Monroe 1818; therefore this talk on the exhibition has a special place at MAIIAM.

Learn more about Great and Good Friends! Check out: www.greatandgoodfriends.com