Galleries Night, is a spin off of the popular Parisian night of art, Nuit Blanche, in which galleries around the city stay open all night. A more convivial atmosphere, booze stops to fuel greater appreciation, and activities like performance art, curator overviews and live painting, self-guided tours of Bangkok’s art focused districts will reward night owls. The third annual edition, ARTracks, takes place over two nights and is loosely organised around the two BTS lines of Silom-Riverside on Nov 27 and Sukhumvit on Nov 28. For the first time there is an overall theme of ‘Light’, that venues will incorporate into their hosted event. BAM spoke with the Galleries Night coordinator Mary Pangsana:
What are the advantages of splitting the event over two nights?
The last two Galleries’ Nights were part of La Fête festival. For this edition, the French Embassy has organised an independent event as it has become better known to the Bangkok art scene. As galleries are spread over a wide area we decided to extend the event over two nights to make it accessible for audiences to attend as many galleries as possible.
How has the event refined from the previous installments?
This year we have almost 40 participating galleries and art spaces, and there is a carefully arranged schedule of events at each of the galleries making it possible for audiences to move easily from one to the other. We also have a mobile app available to download as an exciting guide to the art track.
How will the theme of ‘light’ be featured?
Venues such as Rebel Art Space, Jam, NACC, and Thong Lor Art Space, have collaborated with ‘light’ as part of their exhibition. Others will also hold special one night light related events such as Bangkok CityCity Gallery and Speedy Grandma. Several galleries already have ongoing programmes and many will stage openings, live music, artist talks, etc. Over the two nights Bangkok will undoubtedly light up and be filled with activity.
Nov 27 – 28, 6pm until late