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Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

7 November 2016
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It did take some time for Bangkok Art and Culture Centre to undergo intense pushes and campaigns before coming into being here at Pathumwan Junction. Thanks to collaboration from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the BACC people’s network, another route to art appreciation has been established.

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This remarkable building symbolizes an intellectual assembly point, where everyone can easily gather together to join a variety of art activities ranging from temporary exhibitions of music, poetry, drama, to seminars on film and literature. BACC thus helps open a new perspective of learning, which leads to the growth of one’s intelligence, mental health and potential for knowledge acquisition in the long run. 

 

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Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Background

The Inception

The idea of having an art centre for the general public has been under consideration for sometime amidst the lack of support for the arts from the state. Successive governments have been blind to the importance of intellectual development and creativity in the national development policy. This need became a rallying cry for the Thai Artists’ Network in their campaign for the building a contemporary art centre, to be current with international trends and fulfilling the national pride, and to provide a place for art and cultural learning in the context of the advancing material culture. The art centre for people should be supported by government as a non-profit public entity. Building an art centre is akin to building an ‘infrastructure for the brain’ In other words, it is providing the ‘software’ development to match that of the ‘hardware’.

Building an art centre at the chosen area of the Pathumwan Junction makes sense: it is an area much frequented by youths, and the art centre has the potential to attract young people to participate in art and cultural activities, to learn and express themselves, at the same time becoming part of their recreational pursuits.

The Campaign

The art centre project began in 1995 when Dr.Bhichit Rattakul, the Bangkok Governor, agreed to the Jubilee Art Celebration Committee that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration would build the “Bangkok Contemporary Art Centre” at the Pathumwan junction with the cooperation of both parties. However, the project was suspended when Bangkok elected a new governor in 2001. The project was reconsidered to become a commercial retail space with the investment coming from private investors. Artists and many cultural organizations, and the press protested against the change.

When Apirak Kosayodhin became the Bangkok Governor in 2004, the Artists’ Network presented the art centre project to the newly elected Governor, who agreed to have the art centre built according to the design following the original concept.

Art center for people

The campaign advocating for the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre by then took over a decade. Finally, the construction began at the Pathumwan Junction site, with the cooperation and support of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the People’s Network for the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Bangkok finally has a major art centre for its inhabitants. It is a place for people to meet, and to help define and make culture.

The gallery rules at BACC are as follows:

No food and drink are allowed.

Do not touch the exhibits and take care that small children observe the rules.

Be courteous to others, do not make loud noise.

Deposit your belonging at the counter on the 5th floor.

No flash or camera tripod to take pictures.

No photography on Gallery 7-8-9 floor

Free entry to exhibitions, except for special events and performances.

BACC is divided into two parts. The main gallery is located on the 7th, 8th and 9th floors which are mostly BACC exhibitions. Other exhibitions, art events, shops and library are located in various areas as follows:

  • 5th Floor – Auditorium, meeting rooms and shops
  • 4th Floor – Studio, meeting rooms and shops
  • 3rd Floor – Shops and exit to the Skywalk for the National Stadium BTS Station
  • 2nd Floor – People’s Gallery, shops and the Art and Culture Organization
  • 1st Floor – Hall and Multi-Function Room
  • L Floor – Library and the front hall

Those who plan to spend some time at BACC can talk a walk from ground floor to the top floor using escalators, stopping by People’s Gallery before arriving at the Main Gallery 7-8-9 floor. Elevators are available at the 5th floor. Please deposit your belonging at the counter on the 5th floor and read through rules and signs before entering the exhibition. The BACC Office is located on the 6th floor. Should you wish to contact please use the stairs on the 5th floor, or the same elevators for the Main Gallery 7-8-9 floor.       

BACC is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. (Close on Mondays, New Year &Songkran holidays) BACC office hour is open from 9.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Tuesday – Sunday

10.00 – 21.00(Free Entrance)

HOW TO GET THERE

 

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CONTACT DETAIL :

  • Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is a contemporary arts centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Art, music, theatre, film, design and cultural/educational events take place in its exhibition and performance spaces.Founded: 2008,Function: Museum 
  • Address: 939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
  • Bangkok Art and Culture Centre : Opening hours for public: Tuesday to Sunday (close Mondays)  10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.  
  • Telephone : Operator:  02 214 6630 – 8   Tuesday to Sunday (close Mondays)  9.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. ,Office:  02 214 6630 – 8  Tuesday to Saturday  (close Sundays and Mondays) 9.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
  • Fax :  02 2146639
  • Email : info@bacc.or.th
  • Website : www.bacc.or.th
  • Facebook : www.facebook.com/baccpage
  • Twitter :  www.twitter.com/baccnews

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