May 03 2013
Raw Art Moovment is a kind of creative hotspot and space, a unique concept for Ko Tao that has very quickly been embraced by the community and visitors alike.
Lisa, who is one of the owners and an artist too, simply needed a studio. Her husband Denny, a writer, needed somewhere to write. One thing led to another, and before they knew it they had opened Raw Art Moovment, perched on top of Moov Bar and Restaurant in Mae Haad, just off Songserm road (which leads to Sensi Paradise and Charm Churree). The space had been unused for a while but has great views and catches the sea breeze to cool the terrace too.
It’s quite difficult to sum up exactly what the place is. Yes, there is a bar and yes, Sundays often sees live music, yet you should expect more of a jam session, where anyone might pop along and get involved. Sangria is likely to be flowing and the gallery wall space is most likely to be exhibiting art, craft or photography.
On a normal day you’ll find a quiet space to enjoy or use your creative talents in as you see fit. There’s space to write and create and the atmosphere is so welcoming that you can just pop up and soak in the calm. That is unless you happen to be there when Lisa is holding the fort over the kids’ art lessons or a Mad Hatters Tea Party, typically on Tuesdays. These start at 14:00 and involve paint and canvas, scones, jam, tea, sangria and cheese and pate… Don’t forget your mad hat!
At the moment the resident band is The Bipolar People and you will find them along with new musicians and locals playing and entertaining on most evenings.
If you are coming to Ko Tao with children you may want to take advantage of their summer camp, which runs every Wednesday and Friday from 07:00 till 12:00 then 13:00 till 18:00. These times are suitable for diving parents. Entertainment includes games and activities such as painting, pasting, guitar, singing, beachcombing, cooking and more.
Whether you are arty or just fancy a cold beer, pop in and say hi — you’ll be welcomed like one of the family.
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