To provide a platform to emerging Thai-Artists to showcase their work to an international audience.
To support local art-communities with opportunities through connection to art lovers, tourism, and inspirational colleagues.
To promote Arts, Crafts, and Culture in domestic and international tourism
The Living Art Gallery is a home of an aesthetic living for both homeowners and visitors. Sornchat Krainara intends to gather all forms of art, food, culture, and music into the gallery, which will be divided, into four zones including:
Zone 1 – Peranakans culture or Baba Yaya as seen in Phuket.
Zone 2 – Phuket’s abundance nature and its rainforest
Zone 3 – The bright Blue Ocean
Zone 4 – Final performance
Completely distinctive, Peranakan Heritage and Style is well worth discovering. Peranakan is a term that refers to people of mixed Malay and Chinese/Indonesian heritage. Many Peranakans trace their history back to 15th-century Malacca where their ancestors, thought to be Chinese traders, married local women. Peranakan heritage, culture and style is completely unique and showcases itself broadly throughout southern Thailand.
Peranakan fashion is very unique and was originally influenced by the Chinese and Malay cultures. Popular Peranakan clothing items include a fitted blouse, often made of silk, called a kebaya and a long, fitted skirt made from batik fabric called a sarong. The ensemble is completed with flat, beaded shoes known as manek. The overall look of Peranakan fashion is both elegant and stylish. While generally not worn on a daily basis, in places like Phuket, Peranakan fashion makes an appearance during various festivals and special occasions.
Peranakan architecture is absolutely splendid. Often referred to as Sino-Portuguese, most Peranakan architecture shines brightly in the restored, vivid shophouses in places such as Singapore, Penang and Phuket. Peranakan Heritage Houses often feature Chinese lanterns, golden signage in Chinese characters, elegant furnishings, embroidery, and modern for that time era light fixtures which are all a nod to the wealth of the original Chinese traders. Instagram favorites, a variety of these colorful shophouses can be found on Thalang Road and Soi Rommanee in Phuket Old Town.
Peranakan cuisine, also referred to as Nyonya cuisine, is a distinctive blend of influences from traditional Chinese, Malay and Javanese dishes. Some of the signature ingredients used to create Peranakan cuisine include coconut milk, lemongrass, laksa leaves and tamarind. Peranakan cuisine is highly flavorful due to the mix of Malay, Chinese and Indonesian spices. Local Peranakan cuisine is definitely a dining experience worth trying.
Visit The Living Arts Gallery to understand why Peranakan heritage is so paramount to Phuket’s culture.
In cooperation with the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and local governmental bodies, we are creating a community art center in Thung Yai, a small rural community between Krabi and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Thung Yai is just one hour away from Krabi Airport and situated ideally for domestic and international tourism. It is close to Kiriwong, the mountain ranges of Khao Luang, South Thailand’s highest mountain, highly favored by adventure tourism for its ample trekking and wildlife spotting opportunities. It is also close to some of the most amazing cave-diving spots that south Thailand has to offer. For lovers of spa tourism we recommend the famous hot springs of Krabi and Surat Thani.
Thung Yai is at the intersection of three provinces: Krabi, Suratthani and Nakhon Si Thammarat and just a short trip away from Trang, Pattalung and Songklah.
The Thung Yai Community Art Center is the base of operations. From there we will launch Thailand’s first online art festival. Join us to experience live art, art workshops, culinary classes, masterclasses, vlogs, discussion panels, webinars and live music.
Global Designer – Local Artist Partnerships
Thai traditional arts and crafts like batik, panan weaving, the tradition of making beads, art from coconut and a great variety of other Thai crafts are gradually disappearing. The communities find faster, and easier income in shrimp farming or rubber and oil plantations and the young talent is moving into the big metropolitan areas.
The goal of The Living Arts Journey is to revitalize the arts and crafts in danger of being lost. While creating opportunities to showcase the work of local artists to a global community of art lovers and art supporters is an important first step, we also want to enable an exchange of ideas, techniques and creativity between cultures.
We pair renowned designers and artists with local artists or craftsmen and -women. Together they develop unique products and exchange techniques, ideas and knowledge. Find some of these products in our Living Arts Online Gallery.
“To Uplift Phuket Province And To Position It As A World City Of Gastronomy Culture Which Encompasses Food, Arts, Exhibition, Entertainment, Music And Culture”
~ Aom Sornchat Krainara
PAST FESTIVAL AND EVENTS
The company’s very first event was the first hot air balloon festival in Thailand. Since the formation of the company, we have organized the biggest outdoor events in Thailand at several venues throughout the country. Music, arts, and cultural events have been conceived, managed, and promoted during these 12 years.
Sornchat Krainara / Aom
“I created and managed the Chiang Mai Fest, Living Arts Festival, and the Thailand International Balloon Festival when I was president of Earth Wind & Fire, a Chiang Mai-based events promoter. Before that, I worked as Guest Relations for the Doi Tung Development Project, as Resort Manager at Phu ChaiSai Mountain Resort and Spa, and as Guest Relations & Public Relations Manager and Hotel Liaison Manager at Anantara Resort and Spa in Chiang Rai. My vision is to introduce young, local artists to the world, to promote Thai culture, and to encourage young artists to pursue their craft. Setting the stage for these talents in a grand culinary event that attracts art lovers from all over the world.”