Chiang Mai art galleries & exhibitions

A selection of the best art galleries and exhibitions in Chiang Mai

By | Mon 1 Feb 2010

La Luna: Happy 6th Anniversary

La Luna, a veritable lodestar in the Chiang Mai art scene, has exhibited some of Thailand and South East Asia’s finest artists over the last six years and introduced us to many up and coming talents. La Luna, in its beautifully fun and contemporary gallery, focuses on art from the Asia Pacific region, mostly Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam, and of course promotes local artists.

They are mainly concerned with art that depicts everyday life as well as art that is imbued with the spiritual aesthetic. In addition to paintings they also sell other artifacts, posters, postcards and notebooks.

A great place to go to see what is new in the art scene, or to build up or build onto your collection.

From March 14th – April La Luna will be celebrating its 6th year anniversary with the ‘Natural Six’ exhibition.

Tita Gallery

Tita Gallery is a homely and friendly gallery situated in the bucolic surrounds of Mae Rim. Their gallery displays works from mostly local artists that includes paintings, ceramics, textiles and some glass items. With a fine location right opposite the Four Seasons Resort, and with its very own Wawee Coffee, Tita is super popular as a stop off during a day’s outing to the area.

The next exhibition at Tita is entitled ‘Messages’ by Infinity, showcasing contemporary Thai art. It will run March 21st – April 30th.

Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center

Chiang Mai’s only public art gallery, this dedicated building, run by CMU’s Faculty of Fine Arts, is constantly featuring exhibitions, and art lovers will do well to subscribe to their newsletters. Whether international artists – paintings, sculptures, photography, social installations – national artists, or student exhibitions, this gallery is a wonderful space to visit, browse and return to time and again.

Their goal is, “creating art, culture and visual literacy as well as developing critical thinking.” Right now you can see the ‘Art Thesis Exhibition’ of young graduates at the museum.

Other upcoming events at the museum:

‘Jazz in the Winter’ by Rangsit University Jazz Band.

Sunday 7th March at 6 p.m.

Live Music Orchestra: The attraction of Lanna by Natta Prommin & Northern Youth String Orchestra Band.

Saturday 20th March at 6 p.m.

Chiang Mai University Art Center

This centre focuses on promoting northern arts, especially aspects of the Lanna culture. The centre aims to teach anyone who’s interested about local customs, culture and history through works of art that focus on tradition. They regularly hold artistic performances and cultural activities and also have permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibits. Keep yourself updated as there’s always something happening at the centre.

In March you can enjoy:

Construction of traditional huts. In the courtyard. First week of March.

Artisans demonstrations: weaving, basketry, silversmith, embroidery, etc. Saturday, 13th March 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. In the courtyard.

Conference called ‘The Hands of the Hills’: Richness of traditional craftsmanship.’ Saturday, 13th March 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30p.m. at the meeting room and in the courtyard.

Curator walks by VV: Songs of Memory. Friday, 19th March 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. at the exhibition room.

Curator walks by VV: The Threads in Memory. Tuesday, 30th March 10 a.m. – 12a.m. at the exhibition room.