The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has supported a watercolour exhibition in Hua Hin featuring works by artists from more than 50 countries.
The “Hua Hin BluPort World Watercolor Arts Biennale 2016 Thailand” was organised by the International Watercolour Society (IWS), founded in 2012 to promote the watercolour art form and to preserving and promote painting techniques. The society has 80 branches around the world and thousands of members. There were over 200 paintings on display and many of these were for sale with some of the money raised going to charity. Many of the pictures on display feature wellknown local sites such as Hua Hin’s famous railway station, and scenes from the fishing village.
Many artists visited Hua Hin to contribute to the exhibition and to talk about their work. These include local artist Tawee Kesangam, whose work is much soughtafter. The town was chosen as it a cultural hub with a lively local art scene. It is hoped that the World Watercolor Arts Biennale 2016 will help to enhance Hua Hin’s artistic reputation internationally and even encourage artistically minded tourists to visit and be inspired by the sights and scenery of Thailand. Also on display was an artwork made by 15 international artists using watercolour to create one of the world’s largest
watercolour paintings at nearly 12 metres long and 1.2 metres in height. This work was exhibited along with the 200 paintings at the Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall.
The exhibition was the result of the collaborations between IWS, TAT, the newly-opened Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall, and the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort.