Ferry Gallery in Bangkok to attract tourists

Published on : Thursday, March 26, 2015

FerryGallery4The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is proud to support two new exhibitions being hosted this month by Bangkok’s innovative art space the ‘Ferry Gallery’, which has its home in one of Bangkok’s river ferries taking passengers and tourists between the Tha Thien and Wat Arun Piers.

Since its opening in January 2014, TAT has been promoting the Ferry Gallery created with the aim of bringing displays of inspiring art to travellers on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

Now in its second year, the Ferry Gallery has scheduled a series of exciting new exhibitions with the first two event launched earlier this month and the second launching in a few days.

The first was the International Experimental Video Art Expo ‘Liquid Identities’, which featured work by international artists. The show was a collaboration between the Ferry Gallery and International Art Expo founded by Italian Architect Luca Curci, who was also curator of this event.  The works explored different facets of social physical and cultural identities in contemporary society.

Another exhibition, titled ‘A Way with It All’ will open on 20 March and run till 30 June. Created by Australian artist Melanie Jayne Taylor, the video art views at evolving nature as archives and archiving as a never-ending process in a world where we create art infinitely and constantly. The video shows the artist trying to physically let go of old work by pushing a box of photos out to sea.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of TAT said, “We are proud to help promote these fascinating new shows that allow tourists and locals travelling on the Chao Phraya to experience the best in modern video art from around the world in one of Asia’s most original gallery spaces. What’s more, they’ll enjoy some of Thailand’s own artistic and gems; such as, Wat Arun as the Ferry Gallery traverses the river.”

Ms. Soraya Homchuen, director, TAT Mumbai said, “Indians are big fans of entertaining Chao Phraya experiences. I think that creative young people, particularly those who enjoy photography themselves will enjoy the art. Nature-lovers, art-lovers, couples and travellers looking for something new to do on the Chao Phraya river are also sure to enjoy it.”

The upcoming exhibition at Ferry Gallery are part of a drive by the space’s founder artist Thai and entrepreneur Kawita Vatanajyankur to promote Bangkok’s art scene and bring the best of international contemporary art to Thailand. Her Ferry Gallery is a working cross-river ferry that takes passengers and art lovers between Tha Thien Pier and Wat Arun Pier, from 17.00 – 19.00 hrs. daily. There is no entrance fee, except for the normal ferry fee at three Baht per person per trip. The boat stops for about 10 minutes at each pier, and takes about five minutes to cross the river.

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