Creative Chiang Mai Ecosystem Directory

This is the fourth edition of this publication, which we have renamed the Chiang Mai Creative Directory (previously Chiang Mai Creative Mapping)—a report on the creative diversity of Chiang Mai. For this fourth edition, we have updated key contact information and added or revised more than 20 entries across all categories. The information is also available online, in PDF format and as a searchable database.

Rumpueng Community Art Space is a contemporary art exhibition space which hosts community events and workshops as well as an international artist residency program. Rumpueng Community Art Space has become a creative hub in the Wat U-Mong area, and is a place where local and international artists can work together to produce new work and organize exhibitions, workshops and other public events.

Sangdee is a non-profit art gallery and creative space that aims to support up and coming artists and showcase both national and international talent.Sangdee promotes visual arts in the Chiang Mai community.

Slow Hand is a ceramic Studio located amid natural surroundings in the Wat U-mong area. The studio is an open structure without walls, allowing air to circulate freely, and was founded by Joen and Ting, whose ceramic styles concentrate on three-dimensional artworks and household items. Slow Hand offers claywork, ceramic and drawing classes to both Thais and foreigners. Its guiding principle is the use of slow hand movements during the artistic process that result in unique pieces of work.

the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) is a public prganization administered under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. The agency is responsible for helping plan and write policy for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, developing and promoting the software industry in Thailand, supporting and training individuals and software personnel and promoting the software market and manufacturing process in Thailand through financial incentives, grants and loans.

Pun Pun is a small organic farm, seed saving center, and sustainable living and learning center. Founded in 2003 by Jon Jandai, it strives to find more ways to live a more self-reliant lifestyle by growing organic food, building natural homes and experimenting with low-tech appropriate technologies.

Punspace is one of the growing number of co-working spaces in Chiang Mai. Reflecting the increasingly important collaborative working culture which is developing in Chiang Mai, Punspace has among its amongst its members and visitors many different people from a wide variety of professions such as startup entrepreneurs, online marketers, sales, mobile/web developers, hardcore programmers, graphic/media designers, podcasters, bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, lawyers, and venture capitalists.

The Monk Chat Project was started in 1998 by the academic affairs division of the Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University. The main idea was to give foreigners who wanted to learn about Bhuddism and Thai culture an opportunity to exchange knowledge and practice with young student monks who could then practice their English in turn.

Mue-yen Muang-yen is a green community initiated by Chiang Mai-born saxophonist, Pharadon (aka Por Northgate). His motto is to plant trees right where you are. He started this initiative in 2015, calling for friends and tree lovers to plant trees across the city with the challenge that if any of their trees die, they must jump into the water in the old moat on New Year’s Eve.

Nana Jungle is a family-owned bread and bakery business that was founded in 2011. Khun Rattikarn started her venture by selling fresh croissants and breads among Thai and foreign friends. But as her reputation spread, she decided to open a bread market in an open, grassy area inside Suan Phailom village near the Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on Canal Road.

Perhaps the trendiest sub-street of the Nimmanhaemin road, Nimman Soi 1 is a tiny street where one can find many established local brands of home décor stores, galleries, cafés and cake shops, restaurants and a boutique hotel.

The Northern Handicrafts Manufactures Exporters Association’s (NOHMEX) objective is to handle and help with issues and problems faced by the handicraft industry in Northern Thailand. Currently numbering more than 250, member companies have grouped together to promote and support the development of the handicraft industry and to assist each other in marketing their products.

An important institution under the control of the Faculty of Agro-Industry is the Center for Agro-Industry Business Services (or ‘Agro-Biz’) which was established with the role of offering academic services to society. The center does this by collecting knowledge and professional experiences, alongside the results of research in the field of Agro-Industry, and passing it on to society in various ways. The vision of the Faculty of Agro-Industry at Chiang Mai Uniersity is to be ‘the leader in agro-industry academics in both Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion’.