In the weekend of 7 September 2019, Chiangmai city welcomes a line-up of inspiring speakers in the event organised by TEDxChiangmai. This year’s theme, Shake&Shift Through the Eyes of Women, explores how women’s ideas and actions have the power to shake things up and shift perspectives. Among other speakers, Aom is proud that Armeenoh Hayimasae, one of her leading stakeholders of the Crafting Futures programme at the British Council, will be presenting. Read more
For Art+Plus magazine Laura Shen recently interviewed Aom about Studio 88 and her reasons for founding the Residency. Published in the August/September 2019 issue, the interview explores themes of “Art Tourism”. Many cities use the arts as a way to develop the tourism industry, and more tourists would like to visit cultural events or places as a different way to experience a place.
As Aom says:
“I believe in the soft-power of the arts because it provides a more holistic way to promote our values and help others. Culture attracts visitors to experience the beauty of our landscapes, the treasures of our heritage and our way of life. The more visitors mean the more exchange, sharing and mutual understanding. This enables connection and lead to interwoven network that gives us the opportunity to promote our cultural and creative talents which play an important role in driving the country’s creative economy – a trend or national strategy that has become the country’s policy called Thailand 4.0.”
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In August 2019 Japanese born artist Rui Matsunaga was an artist in residence at Studio 88. Working between Japan and London, Rui graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in 2002 and creates art inspired by myth, folklore and popular culture. Here she talks about her creative practice and the philosophy that drives her work.
Studio 88 is now calling for artists in any discipline for the September to December 2019 residency period.
Studio 88 Artist Residency is a space to play, share, learn, make mistakes and experiment in the northern Thai town of Doi Saket. Set in a rural landscape just 30 minutes from the cultural city of Chiangmai, Studio 88 gives time and space to focus on creating.
The aim of the residency is to provide time out from the busy day-to-day life in order to spend time in a tranquil space to create and think. There is no pressure to produce anything by the end of the residency, although the team can help to facilitate connections with galleries or other initiatives if the resident is interested.
In the first week Sasiwimon Wongjarin (Aom), an international arts manager and a native of Doi Saket, will introduce the residents to the space and the local context through a series of studio tours and site visits. Additionally, where possible she can provide any additional information about local artist initiatives relevant to each artist’s interests. The residency is an open format where each resident has the freedom to shape their own direction and focus.
Check out the application details and send your applications at least one month prior to your desired residency period.
The seeds for Studio 88 were planted many years ago, by Aom’s grandfather, who first taught her the value of giving back to the community. Every time Aom returns home she is reminded of his foresight and community spirit standing tall in the row of teak trees along the 6 kilometer long canal road. Her grandfather did not live a long life to see these trees growing strong, but he has left the legacy not only to his family but people who are enjoying their shelter. Read more
Sak, a self-taught and veteran woodworker of Doi Saket, just turned 60 last year. He is now considered a senior citizen and entitled for elderly allowance. What does this mean to him and the community and society he lives in? And what can we at Studio 88 do to help? Read more
So you’ve found the perfect artist residency or opportunity, but how can you get there? Making ends meet as an artist can be difficult enough without the added challenge of trying to travel half way across the world. However, travelling as part of a creative practice can provide amazing opportunities and inspiration, even if it takes years to come into fruition in your work. Here we outline a few places to look if you’re seeking funding to travel to an artist residency. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a place to get a few ideas of where to start. Read more