Art show to raise funds for royal charity Jan. 29-Feb. 7


Contemporary artists will compete for royal recognition in the third Royal Exhibition Honoring HM the King Jan. 29-Feb. 7 at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome announced details of the show, held to both raise money for charity and offer an opportunity to pay tribute to His Majesty, Jan. 18.

HRH Princess Soamsawalee will officially open the exhibit and present honorary plaques Jan. 30.

Clowns perform during the press conference announcing the upcoming Royal Exhibition Honoring HM the King.Clowns perform during the press conference announcing the upcoming Royal Exhibition Honoring HM the King.

About 400 pieces of artwork will be on display. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be artwork done by His Majesty himself. A portion of proceeds from art sales will go to Princess Soamsawalee’s Princess Pa Foundation.

The event also will feature music and performances from the ministry’s Contemporary Art and Culture Office from 6 p.m. onwards. The final day will feature art lectures.

The exhibition aims to sponsor, promote and broadcast recreational contemporary art and culture to increase intellect and integrate it into society to open opportunities for artists to exchange creative art experiences and inspire students to attend more art events.

The previous two shows were organized by freelance artists in Pattaya and received good responses. The third show, sponsored by the Culture Ministry, is also being supported by private-sector companies, such as Central Festival.

The event, which will run daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will feature performances by artists and country musicians. The final day will offer a seminar from famous artists including Klom Thassnanchalee, Preecha Thaothong, and Thongchai Rakprathum. In all, more than 200 artisans are expected to attend.