Eight English women artists exhibit at CMU
The WE exhibition is a collaboration between the West, as
represented by the artists, and their sponsors - the University of
Hertfordshire and the British Council in Chiang Mai - and the East, as
represented by Chiang Mai University Art Museum.
Left) Hagen E W Dirksen, German honorary consul; Assoc. Prof. Surasawat
Suksawat, dean of the faculty of fine arts at Chiang Mai University and Jon
Glendinning, director of Chiang Mai British Council.
The eight artists are Wendy Briggs, Regina Elliott, Rydal
Hanbury, Siripan Kidd, Helen Mastrandrea, Jackie Lancaster, Lisa Novelli and
Nanthapa Cooper. They are currently living in the southeast of England, and
this exhibition presents them in a new context with the aim of stimulating
intercultural discussions and understandings.
Their works offer an exciting diversity of practices,
imagery, themes and materials, relating to their differing individual
interests. Although the majority of the group is connected through shared
experiences of graduate and/or postgraduate study at the University of
Hertfordshire, what predominantly links their works loosely together is a
shared engagement with a conceptual approach to art practice.
attendant views art by the eight women artists from England.
For curator Nanthapa Cooper, it also represents a return
of the prodigal daughter to her cultural roots, and an opportunity to invite
a group of artists to visit her family home.
The exhibition runs from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday
to Sunday until October 21, on first floor of Chiang Mai University Art
Jon Glendinning, director of Chiang Mai British Council, presided over
the opening ceremony of the WE Contemporary Art Exhibition together with
Hagen E W Dirksen, German honorary consul in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Expat Club up and up
The first October meeting of the recently formed Chiang
Mai Expat Club showed another good turn-out. Since the club was established,
the number of visitors is increasing steadily which shows that it does fill
a perceived need in the local community.
floor of Art Café could hardly hold all the people who showed up for
the club’s first October meeting.
The latest meeting was moderated by Tom Matty, the vice
president who praised Jim Cox who is currently spending some time with his
family in the States for his work in getting CEC started.
Tom introduced Horst Bruch and Corien Schuurmans who took
over the club’s information with regards to local current events. Tom
recommended that checking the Chiangmai Mail for the latest on events
would also be beneficial and asked members for their information or ideas on
what is happening around town.
first guest speaker of the day was Sumalee Jennapa, an attorney.
How to become a member and the fees were discussed. A one
year membership is 250 baht while a lifetime membership is 600 baht and it
gives members discounts at expat merchants.
The first guest speaker was Sumalee Jennapa, an attorney.
She spoke briefly about visas saying, “Don’t send just your passport to
the boarder and don’t overstay. If it happens that you overstay for
whatever reason, it costs B. 200 per day but it all can be done in ‘a
legal way’ at the immigration office.” She also advised for people
buying property to make sure that they read the contracts in English or to
have a co-signer understanding both English and Thai plus to make sure to do
it with a lawyer and a good broker. She explained for newcomers that
condominiums can be bought outright but that buying land and house needs a
Thai buyer and that there will not be a change in the near future as land is
supposed to stay with the Thai people.
Second guest speaker was Supaluck Promkuntha, a banker
from Bangkok Bank who spoke about her bank and the services. She described
the branches, then spoke about housing loans. Her bank has safe deposit
boxes, internet banking and you can pay bills through the bank. They offer
investment banking and you can transfer money from abroad. She informed that
they will also issue letters to immigration for a visa.
The next breakfast meeting will be on Saturday, October 22, again at the
first floor of Art Café at 10.30 a.m. and will feature Michael Vogt
from Chiangmai Mail as speaker. The Chiangmai Expats Club is a non
profit organization – all fees go into the general running of the club –
More information and news on the Chiangmai Expats Club
Website www.chiangmaiex patsclub.com
US Ambassador presents 2 million baht to restore Wat Baan Ko murals
US Ambassador Ralph L Boyce has presented 2,112,000 baht
from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation towards the
renovation of mural paintings at Wat Baan Ko in Wang Nuae, Lampang.
Pongsak Angkasit, Chiang Mai University president (left) receives the budget
from Ralph L Boyce, US ambassador in Thailand (right), witnessed by Bea
Camp, US consul general in Chiang Mai and Withi Panichapan, lecturer at the
faculty of fine arts, CMU.
The program to save the murals will be conducted between
the faculties of Fine Arts of Chiang Mai University and Naresuan University
Ambassador Boyce presented the budget for the program to
Dr Pongsak Angkasit, president of Chiang Mai University, and Withi
Panichapan, lecturer of the CMU’s faculty of fine arts.
Before the budget presentation, US Embassy officials
along with Withi Panichapan traveled to Wan Baan Ko to view the murals. The
renovation program of the century-old paintings is expected to be finished
within 18 months.
Panichapan, lecturer at the faculty of fine arts, CMU takes media and
officers to look around Wat Baan Ko temple in Lampang.
The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation was set
up by US Congress Council in 2001 to support the conservation of cultural
heritage seen to be at risk through deterioration.
This year the fund has supported 87 projects in 76 countries worldwide
with 2.5 million US dollars. The mural renovations at Wat Baan Ko has one of
the highest budgets in East Asia.
Will Chiang Mai form a ‘ballet society’?
As many now know, the Opera Society of Chiangmai is now in
its second season. For about eight months, an opera is presented on
alternate Thursdays. There are over seventy-five members in the society.
It would seem that there may also be a considerable
interest in ballet. The number of ballets is not as large as that of operas;
however, there is a sufficient number that a “season” could be opened
with regularly scheduled presentations. The society would be open to ballet
lovers sixteen years of age (16 and 17 year olds accompanied by their
parents) and older.
This notice is an attempt to determine the extent of
interest in viewing ballet on a fifty-three inch plasma screen; also, in
determining the interest in pot luck suppers during an interval of the
If you are interested in becoming a member of such a
society, please email Dr. Howard C. Graves, Jr. at [email protected] or
telephone him at 053 219 683. Please include your telephone number. Should
the number of members in the society exceed 20, it will be necessary to
employ a system of invitation to be explained later. If by any chance you
possess ballet DVDs and would be willing to have them used for a
performance, please include that information.
A show of support for the Gymkhana Club
What do you do when your golf course is flooded out three
times in six weeks and is rendered unplayable by a thick layer of mud up to
30 centimeters deep in places? Not sure? Well, neither are we, but you could
start by inviting your friends and acquaintances to a weekend lunch to talk
things over and give a show of support, and that’s exactly what the
Gymkhana Sport’s Club did last Saturday.
which looks a little like Khao Soi in places, used to be the beautiful
Gymkhana Sport’s Club.
Many local folk turned up for the traditional Chiang Mai
staple Khao Soy lunch, added to the menu for this special occasion, and
music performed by the charming Too. No doubt the organizers would have been
heartened to see such a show of solidarity from the local community, and
such social events will hopefully generate the energy and determination to
overcome the devastating effects of this year’s floods.
Like many in Chiang Mai, the Gymkhana Club will need the support of its
members and general public, so keep an eye out for opportunities to lend a
hand. The clubhouse itself remains an oasis of peace and calm in the heart
of the city, graced as ever by the breathtaking beauty of its imperious
trees, and the restaurant and bar are open as usual. Likewise, we are sure
that you would like to join us in wishing the oldest sports club in Chiang
Mai the very best of luck for a speedy rehabilitation and a return to all
its verdant glory.
‘Music from an Unknown Source’, Sigmar Polke exhibition
Chiang Mai University Art Museum, in co-operation with
the Goethe-Institute Bangkok, is presenting ‘Music from an Unknown
Source’ exhibition of Sigmar Polke, a German artist who has provided 40
artworks to display from now until October 28.
left) German Hon. Consul Hagen Dirksen and his wife Wanphen Dirksen,
Japanese Consul General Katsuhiro Shinohara and his wife Tamiko, CMU Art
Museum officer Pornthip Chaiphimansri, British Hon. Consul Jon Glendinning
and VIP guests at the exhibition.
In the gouaches of this exhibition, Polke makes the
dripping and flowing of paint his theme, originating from the character of
the watery gouaches.
Hon. Consul Hagen Dirksen talking to Holger Heinze from Hamburg and Heather
The opening ceremony of the exhibition on October 4 was presided over by
Hagen Dirksen, German Hon. Consul in Chiang Mai. Hagen Dirksen, an art
lover, added that the important thing was that theses 40 paintings would
make the northern audiences understand various shapes and pictures and
symbols through the artworks. He hoped that this exhibition would be an
inspiration for the audience and to understand Polke.