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Art For Art’s Sake - V64 is now a Tour de Force in the Bangkok Art World

26.04.2013

 

Attasit Pokpong with his giant red head sculpture that takes
pride of place at V64 Art Studio.

 

Words and photos by Paul Hutton

 

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It was January 2012 when V64 Art Studio first opened its doors to an eager audience.  A group of
over 60 artists had got together to form a collective that snapped up a former warehouse deemed suitable
for conversion, in Viphavadi-Rangsit 64 (hence the name).

Now home to over 70 artists, self taught and with degrees from established art schools, the 4,800 square metre property contains over 35 studios, a gallery, a music school, a souvenir shop, a coffee shop and bar, additional workshop space, the V64 Art Academy and rooms to accommodate  guests and international artists. 

A second gallery was recently opened when the studio played host to a group exhibition by leading artists.
“Traces of Thought” featured the work of five art teachers at Rajamangala University of Technology, and
was on display until the end of December 2012.

 

 

 

 

Workshops for ceramics, sculpture and mixed media are held at V64, along with art and music courses for
members of the public from three years of age upwards.

The studio is proud to welcome visitors to the regularly held exhibitions, but also aims to bring art
to the people of Bangkok, with exhibitions already being held at leading city centre hotels.  Other
exhibitions at other top venues are  in the pipeline.

V64 is without doubt unique in Thailand.  The concept has proved successful in other countries, but the
Bangkok  collective had to take a great leap of faith, with contemporary art only really emerging with any
degree of success in Thailand in recent years.  It is to their great credit, therefore, that the studio continues to grow and its reputation continues to be enhanced.

The studio has now become a distinct member of the Viphavadhi community.  Visitors can explore the studio
and galleries between the hours of 10.30 am and 8.30 pm every day of the week, with food and beverages to be had at the V64 coffee shop and bar.  Creativity, artistic values and freedom of expression are evident throughout, and the artists are more than happy to discuss their projects with guests.

 

 

 

 

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