Thai workshops 2013

 I have just returned from two full on weeks working in Thailand.( In Jan 2013 Sukothai

The trip came about through 2012's winner of the Jindivick sculpture show ( Pimpisa Tinpalit) who has connections to a number of Thai Universities. The Universities run workshops where artists from around the world are invited to come and work in the university environs, producing art in a few days which then becomes an exhibition for the following month. I had to pay my flights there and back but most other expenses were the front of Poh Chang

 It as a fantastic experience  I was working in the same space as over 100 Thai and international artists and I made friends and contacts from Indonesia, China, Sri Lanka, South Africa, USA, Canada, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia and many other countries as well as learning about and meeting lots of creative and friendly Thai Artists”groupshot at potters studio

The workshops were at two separate Universities in different parts of the country,one in Bankok( Poh Chang academy of Fine art) and one in Phitsanulok( Naruesan University) and there were a few rest days at Chaing Rai between the productive times. morning from the resort

I had never been to Thailand before and I learned so much about the history, its culture and I was so inspired by both the Thai art but also the other artists. I am now planning a Thai based exhibition for later in the year”Thai dancer

I produced one work at each workshop . At Poh Chang I did a Thai boat and boat Poh Chang

and at Naruesan I did a design based on a fishme and Fish and Aungcab

The worst part of the whole trip was the humidity in Bankok and we were there at the cooler time of the year!Marlene Lois Ruchika Tiarma and me resort Thailand

There were three other artists as part of the Australian contingent, Pimpisa Tinpalit, David Jenz ( lecturer in Sculpture at Canberra University) and Aaron Martin artist and Curator at 5 walls gallery and Trocadero art space in Footscray.aaron Martin and David Jensz stool from workshop at Poh Chang

Most of the experience is detailed in the diary blog for January and a bit of February and the two works are also depicted in Big sculptures on this sitecheerful helpful girl Naruesan

I will be giving a talk and visual presentation of the experience as part of the Creative Gippsland month of May.rudy and Abu at Poh Chang