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Sukhumvit Soi 31, Bangkok’s newest cultural enclave
There’s more to this affluent residential lane than just the Thai prime minister’s house. There’s fantastic art, too
Counting the prime minister as a longtime resident, the affluent Sukhumvit Soi 31 is home to assorted flashy condos, neighbourhood eateries and several Japanese-style massage parlors. Despite its high-toned inhabiants, the street is also one of the capital’s most productive commercial galleries: the La Lanta, the airy atelier of Attic Studios and the newly opened Koi Art Gallery.
All within a two-minute walk of one another, these three independent spaces present artistic diversity, yet their proximity and potential for future collaborations has turned the street into one of the city’s emerging cultural enclaves.
La Lanta Fine Art
Originally set up in Baan Silom in 2006 as a platform for established and emerging Thai and international artists, La Lanta moved across town to its new Sukhumvit home in July 2008. The gallery resides in a converted four-story shop house with its lower floors reserved for regular monthly exhibitions like the current sculpture show 50x50x50, while the upper floors are dedicated to art classes.
245/14 Sukhumvit Soi 31. Tel: +66 (0)2 260 5381. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday by appointment. BTS: Phrom Phong
Just across the street, Attic Studios is an enthusiastically staffed workshop launched in 2008 as a labor of love for self-taught Scottish artist Elsie Evans. The studio is a lively hotbed of creativity with demonstrations and classes in life drawing, various painting styles, sculpture, mosaics, art restoration and children’s workshops. Attic also hosts a well-attended First Fridays evening for anyone craving culturally inspired social networking in a fun environment.
24/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31. Tel: +66 (0)81 841 3703. Open daily, 10am–5pm. BTS: Phrom Phong
Koi Art Gallery
The newest addition to the soi, Koi Art Gallery postponed its grand opening until June 4 with the solo exhibition Temptation by emergent Thai artist Natthawut Singthong. Another four-floor shop house renovation, with a split level exhibition space downstairs and a planned library and workshop above, Koi’s presence will bolster Sukhumvit 31’s existing artistic credentials and generate greater artistic interest in the area.
43/12 Sukhumvit Soi 31. Tel: +66 (0)2 662 3218. Open daily, 10am–7pm. BTS: Phrom Phong
This article appears courtesy of Bangkok Art Map (BAM!). Published monthly, BAM! is a free monthly guide to Bangkok’s growing art arena. Now featuring both English and Thai, it’s put together by Steven Petifor, one of Thailand’s leading art writers, and is available all over the city.