Educational Art in Asia
Social Responsibility and Educational Art in Asia
From an artistic point of view, young emerging artists in Thailand are beginning to emancipate themselves from traditional art, whose greatest legacy was certainly created during the Rattanakosin period, which extends from the late eighteenth century to the present. The sovereigns of the Chakri Dynasty (from Rama I to Rama IX) have had a major role in the development of artistic techniques, and even sometimes in their protection and preservation as evidenced by the commitment of Queen Sirikit, through her foundation “Arts of the Kingdom” (the finest collection is housed at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Dusit, Bangkok).
This gradual shedding is clearly seen in the work produced by young emerging artists in Thailand training in Fine Arts at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, for example. Immutable themes which form the foundation of Thai society and culture, such as religion (mainly Buddhism), myths and beliefs, the greatness of the nation, the royal epics, etc. seem to gradually fade in favor of more contemporary, less serious, and less austere concerns. Of course, there are still some sensitive and taboo subjects towards which few artists dare to venture, but here again, things are evolving.
Social network play an important role in this educational transformation. Firstly, because Thailand’s young people are addicted to social networks and, as such, so are young artists. They can easily conduct exchanges with artists from other countries, thus becoming open to other ideas, cultures, art forms, and techniques. Secondly, because the emergence of a more or less educated middle class is breaking a number of ceilings, with all of the prejudices and frustrations which they contained. Creativity, even if it is still relative in Thailand, tends towards growth, and continues to grow.
Even at the higher level represented by the Museum Of Contemporary Art of Bangkok (MOCA), which is home to an unrivaled collection of works by the greatest Thai artists (such as Thawan Duchanee, Chalud Nimsamer, Paitun Muangsomboon, Chalermchai Kositpipat, Kamol Tassananchalee, Khien Yimsiri, etc.) unrivaled in Thailand, the traditional themes mentioned above that contributed to the emergence of these major artists are studied and reshaped in a neo-traditional manner, as evidenced by the exhibition taking place currently on the same theme at MOCA.
All of this to say that Thailand’s youth is emancipating itself in the field of creation. With its unique an innovative positioning, Rock Around Asia wants to support this movement, this evolution, by focusing on matters relating to the education of young emerging artists in Thailand.
Rock Around Asia Art Gallery Bangkok acts like an Arts Incubator
Since 2012, Rock Around Asia has developed an approach that runs counter to the model of the gallery as collector / seller of art. We have done this in an intuitive and affective manner, concentrating on lesser known artists and artisans from South-East Asia.
With passing time, we have specialized in Thai art, but also in Thai culture and history. In addition to our gallery operation, we have launched a range of unique cultural and museum tours around Bangkok. Eventually we provide interior decoration services both for individuals and businesses.
Our knowledge of Thailand has let us understand why the Thai art market remains limited and difficult to navigate, despite the abundance of talented artists and potential clients who don’t know how to find each other. Being familiar with both artists and buyers, we have begun to work on an approach that is beneficial for everyone: for the artists, who need clients, and for those who don’t know where to go to find art and mistakenly think that it is always expensive.
We forecast the Thai art market of tomorrow by concentrating on emerging artists, especially those who have graduated or are in the process of graduating from university. Approximately 500 Fine Arts students graduate each year in Thailand, but do not speak English and have little opportunity to promote themselves. Since early 2015, we have been building a foundation with many these artists and partnering with distinguished professors at Silpakorn University in Bangkok (the most prestigious Fine Arts University in Thailand).
To connect these young artists with their potential clients, in Thailand and throughout the rest of the world, we have developed the first online social platform on which we have created the Internet’s largest available interactive database of emerging Thai artists. This platform is complemented by pop up exhibitions in Bangkok and Thailand.