Connoisseurs of fine art and unusual articles will be pleasantly surprised when they land in Chiang Mai. The former capital of the Lanna Kingdom is home to a thriving community of artisans, artists and creators of bespoke artworks. The heritage and traditions of Lanna can be seen in many of the pieces while the finely-honed skills of the region’s cottage industry craft workers add extra dimensions to others. The galleries are themed on different mediums and have different aims. A few concentrate on exhibitions only while others act as sales outlets for artists. The latter are perfect for visitors who want to take home a souvenir guaranteed to wow visitors. Our recommendations for the best contemporary art galleries in Chiang Mai are shown below.
Last Updated: December 2018
This gallery is themed on the works of acclaimed Silpakorn University and Rhode Island School of Design graduate Wattana Wattanapun. The exhibits here range from sketches and portraits to oil and acrylic depictions of European sights and silk screens. The onsite shop sells print editions for those who wish to take home a truly unusual souvenir of their visit to Wattana and Chiang Mai. The gallery is on a soi off Suthep Road and near to Wat Umong temple.
Wattana Art Gallery: #100/1, Moo 10, Soi Wat Umong, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:30-16:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 278 747, +66 89 429 1883 | Website | Facebook | Email
Galerie Panisa is dedicated to showcasing the skills of traditional and modern Thai artists. Panisa is privately operated and has a group of associate graduates from the nation’s Fine Arts universities. Rotating exhibitions feature the likes of watercolour and acrylic pictures, carvings, sculptures and woodcut prints. At Galerie Panisa exhibitions, attendees are able to buy artworks at very attractive prices. This gallery also offers art classes for children and adults and is located on Mahidol Road in the Haiya area of town.
Galerie Panisa: #189, Mahidol Rd., T. Hai Ya, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 09:00-18:00 (Monday-Saturday) | Tel: +66 53 202 779 | Fax: +66 53 202 771 | Website | Facebook | Email
Located on an Old City side-street, Matoom Art Space was set up by Chumpol Taksapornchai as a venue for established and rising artists to show their creations. The exhibitions here are not restricted to Thai artists and previous showings include the works of ones from neighbouring Southeast Asian nations and, on occasion, international ones.
Matoom Art Space: #136/4, Rachapakinai Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:30-20:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 271 751 | Website | Facebook | Email
Suvannabhumi is dedicated to the works of artists from Myanmar. The collections and exhibitions at Suvannabhumi are literally an A to Z of artists from Thailand’s neighbour with works by Aye Min and Zaw Win Pe represented. Original paintings depict olden Burma and modern Myanmar and glimpses of its artistic and architectural heritages. This gallery is on Chareonrat Road and close to the east bank of the Ping River.
Suvannabhumi Art Gallery: #116, Charoenrat Rd., T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-19:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 81 031 5309 | Website | Email