I thought this might interest some here who like art work in Thailand. If you are in the area check this place out and maybe find some nice art for your home. Much of the work seems inexpensive/reasonable priced.
06-07-2006-Fundraiser-partyBorderline Women’s Collective, Gallery and Tea Garden, located in Mae Sot, Thailand began with three women’s organisations seeking to establish a shared marketing space for women from Burma and living along the Thai-Burma border to sell their hand made items. The women’s groups also hoped that by having a collectively managed market they would build their capacity for running income generation projects with the communities with which they work. In May 2004, the Borderline Women’s Collective opened.
Eventually artist friends were encouraged to use the space to market their work. It was during this time that a more professional gallery space was created which led to exhibitions highlighting the work of an artist or a group of artists. The first exhibition took place in October 2004, with Saw Cucil’s My Life-My State exhibition.
The Borderline also developed an intern programme where interns worked with the Borderline Manager in 3-4 month periods to learn about handicrafts and shop and gallery management. During this time the Tavoy Women’s Union (TWU) and the Lahu Women’s Organisation (LWO) became members of the Women’s Collective and began to market their handicrafts, serve as part of the management team and have interns. Eventually the internship programme was expanded to have an intern in the Women’s Collective and an intern in the Gallery.
During the latter half of 2005, there was a workshop for the women’s groups to learn more about product design and for artists to learn how to develop biographies, exhibition statements and hang their work in a professional manner. In 2006, there was a decision to have art/culture events on the first Thursday of each month for the communities of Mae Sot. Frequently an artist exhibits but there are plans for dancers and film pieces as well.
In March 2006, the Tea Garden opened, offering foods from around the border region in a quiet setting. The Tea Shop currently offers cooking classes and has developed a cookbook with foods from different regions of Burma.
The Women’s Collective continues to provide an important market for the women’s groups and more community groups such as the Mae Tao Clinic are marketing items through the shop. Current members of the Women’s Collective are Chimmuwa – Tak Border Child Assistance Foundation (TBCAF), Chin Women Group (CWG), Community Forest Support Group (CFSG), English Speaking Course (ESC), Kachin Women Association of Thailand (KWAT), Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO), Lahu Women’s Organisation (LWO), Mon Women Organisation (MWO), United Lahu Youth Organisation (ULYO), and Women Development Group (WDG). SWAN and SAW are also offering some of their items at the Borderline.
Borderline Café, Shop and Gallery, Mae Sot, Thailand
Borderline Café, Shop and Gallery, Mae Sot, Thailand - Borderline is a café, fair-trade handicraft shop & art gallery based in Mae Sot, Thailand, supporting Burmese migrants and refugees on the Thai-Burma border.
The Borderline Gallery opened in 2004 and has since offered numerous exhibition opportunities for individuals and groups of artists. All exhibitions are designed by the artists themselves.
Borderline Gallery works as a collective and 25% of the sales are used for running the Gallery, buying material and organising workshops and other activities.
On the first Thursday of each month we have a special exhibition highlighting the work of one or more artist members or artist friends, which open with a reception of food and drinks provided by the Tea Garden. About the Artists
18 artists joined the collective in 2004, some lived and worked in Mae Sot, others across the border in Myawaddy. Most worked in factories while some had a job related to their skills, making wall paintings or people’s portraits or street signs. The collective gave the artist a place to show and possibly sell their work.
Over time the collective of artists had some changes with some moving to other countries or Yangon, while new artists arrived in Mae Sot. Now several of our artists are also teaching in the many migrant schools along the border, developing new skills and sharing their own.
The gallery space is also available to rent! Please contact us for more information.