To provide a platform for 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 to both domestic and international tourism.
The Living Art Gallery truly captures aesthetic living for both homeowners and gallery visitors. Sornchat Krainara, the gallery curator, showcases all forms of art, food, culture, and music at the lifestyle art gallery in Phuket, which is divided into four zones including:
Zone 1 – Peranakan Zone
Zone 2 – Conservation & Environment
Zone 3 – Blue Ocean Zone
Zone 4 – Performing Arts
Unique and distinctive, Peranakan heritage and style is well worth discovering. Peranakan is a term that refers to people of mixed Malay or Chinese/Indian heritage. Peranakan history can be traced back to 15th-century Malacca when Chinese traders married local women. Peranakan heritage, culture and style is completely original and is showcased broadly throughout southern Thailand.
Peranakan fashion is as unique as it is timeless. Originally influenced by Chinese and Malay cultures, popular Peranakan clothing items include a silk, fitted blouse called a kebaya, and a long, fitted skirt made from batik fabric called a sarong. The ensemble is completed with flat, intricately 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 festivals and special occasions.
Peranakan architecture is completely charming. Often referred to as Sino-Portuguese style, most Peranakan architecture shines brightly in the colorful, restored shophouses in places like Singapore, Penang and Phuket. These delightful heritage houses often feature Chinese lanterns, golden signage in Chinese characters, elegant furnishings, a plethora of embroidery and very modern, for that time period, light fixtures which are all a nod to the wealth of the original Chinese traders. The darlings of Instagram, a variety of these vibrant shophouses can be found on Thalang Road and Soi Rommanee in Phuket Old Town.
Traditional Peranakan cuisine, also referred to as Nyonya cuisine, is a delicious blend of influences from traditional Chinese, Malay and Javanese dishes. Signature ingredients used to create Peranakan cuisine include coconut milk, laksa leaves, lemongrass and tamarind. Peranakan cuisine is highly flavorful and definitely a dining experience worth trying.
A visit to The Living Art Gallery is paramount in understanding why Peranakan heritage is so important to Phuket’s culture.
The Thung Yai Community Art Center is the base of operations from where will launch Thailand’s first online art festival. Join us to witness these emerging local Thai artists come into international light through the experience of live art, art workshops, culinary class, master classes, Vlogs, discussion panels, webinars and live music.
Global Designer – Local Artist Partnerships
Thai traditional arts and crafts such as batik, panan weaving, the tradition of making beads, art from coconuts 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 & 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.”