Creative Migration is pleased to announce Bangkok 1899, a new cultural and civic hub representing an intersection of art, design, urbanism and social innovation.
Designed by Italian architect Mario Tamagno (under King Rama VI), this historic location (originally built in 1899) is the former home of Chao Phraya Thammasakmontri – considered Thailand’s father of modern education. For the first time ever, this landmark is open to the public. Major support is provided by The Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund). This project also has active support provided by the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
Bangkok 1899 will officially open its doors on February 16, 2019. There will be a night of music and sound performances with our inaugural artist-in-resident, musician and songwriter Shayne P. Carter. Hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand, he has been performing and recording internationally for the past three decades. As part of this international residency, Carter is collaborating with Morlam musician Piyanart "Pump” Jotikasthira (of Studio Lam and The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band) along with the rhythm section of Toomturn Molam Group, and Chiang Mai based sound artist Arnont Nongyao.
This evening kicks off a series highlighting the first of Bangkok 1899's four major event themes for 2019: Arts & Cultural Diplomacy. Each themed event will take place quarterly - including the following: Sustainability, Society, The Future. This event is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Motor Company Foundation, Creative New Zealand Foundation, Asia New Zealand Foundation, New Zealand Embassy (Bangkok, Thailand) and Studio Lam.
Introducing Shayne P. Carter to participate in Bangkok 1899’s International Artist Residency
December 16, 2018 – February 17, 2019
Shayne P. Carter’s accomplishments include: New Zealand Music Hall of Fame; New Zealand Music Awards (best vocalist, top group, best album); international releases (Arista, Sony, Sub Pop, Rough Trade); four-time APRA Silver Scroll finalist; original work performed with Auckland Philharmonia, Dunedin/Christchurch Symphony Orchestras; and 'She Speeds' voted #9, APRA list of Greatest All Time New Zealand songs. Since last year, he was the Silver Scrolls Musical Director in Dunedin, and toured Asia extensively (China, Taiwan, Korea) as a live musician with the contemporary Maori dance company Atamira.
The long-term goal of this residency is to provide a fluid exchange between Carter and one of his Thai collaborators, extending the opportunity to present work created at Bangkok 1899 and to develop new projects in New Zealand.
Creative Migration developed Bangkok 1899 with the mission to advance cultural diplomacy through the three pillars of art, public engagement and sustainability.
Bangkok 1899's programming is inclusive, accessible and relationship-driven. Furthermore, we encourage individuals to pursue the lost art of leisure, engage in spontaneous discussions and open up avenues of creativity. Our holistic approach is executed primarily through the following:
- International Artist Residency - multidisciplinary program requiring collaboration with Thai artists and/or the local community.
- Open Spaces - public garden & "Na at 1899" - a social impact café.
- Public Events - local and global themes, curated from both within and outside the community.
- Models for Sustainability - incorporating Zero Waste practices and urban farming into the hub’s ecosystem.
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