Article: Christina Harnois
Tulum, Mexico vibrates on a distinct frequency maybe it’s the remnants of the ancient Mayan civilization that imbues the air with a mystical quality, who knows….
What is apparent is that it is a gathering place for artists, creators, dreamers, visionaries, night owls, vagabonds, old souls, young souls and anyone with a spirit of openness and discovery.
A great place to seamlessly join this world is at Tulum Art Club (TAC) in the heart of Tulum Pueblo.
Entre this open and airy café/gallery space and you will feel welcomed into a slice of Tulum magic.
During the day it is a great place to do the digital nomad thing and sip on juices and cold press coffee while working away on your laptop. Sample their simple but tasty menu, my personal favourite is the avocado toast!
Dig a little deeper and TAC has a lot to offer…. They curate a varied and eclectic calendar of cultural events and are integral players in the Tulum art scene.
Be sure to check out the Drink and Draw events on Tuesday evenings. I had the pleasure of popping in when ‘North London girl’ Illustrator Polly Nor was in town. Inspired by her devilish characters, we all gathered around a large table, chatted, doodled, and drank cocktails (fyi the Espresso Martini is to die for). We experimented with some blind contour portrait drawing, where you look at your subject and draw them without looking at the page or lifting your pencil! Quite a challenge indeed, the results were rather Picassoesque...
Tulum Art Club’s vision is to offer artists, artisans and art lovers a space in which to converge, connect and feel free to create and grow in their field and in themselves. Through their artist residency program TAC has forged collaborative relationships with both Mexican and International contemporary artists.
The residency offers artists the opportunity to pursue versatile projects by exploring the towns and pueblos of the Yucatan. This journey allows them to integrate traditional artisanal techniques and materials into their work.
Merging artisanal knowledge with creative vision in a highly vibrational place opens the door to a unique and contemporary perspective with a touch of Mexican flair.
The most recent offering is a collaboration by four artists, Monika Canilao, Ektor Garcia, Elena Stonaker and Xara Thustra, who worked together at the Gorila Artists Residency run by TAC, for a month to create an original body of work entitled CUATRO ESPIRITU.
Local materials, such as wooden planks, paint, wire, fabric, coloured raffia were scavenged and used to create intuitive pieces in a fully collaborative process.
The final result is a colorful, whimsical and accessible collection of objects that tell a story. The story is for each viewer to interpret but what can be felt as intentional is the sense of community and sharing inherent in the body of work.
Street art is as important to the identity of Tulum as the beach is. Ride your bike around the pueblo and murals of all sorts will catch your eye. When offered to the community art can be unifying force, which is where the TAC Villas Mural Project comes in.
This initiative gives the TAC family of artists the opportunity to share their work with the local community. Villas is a simple working class neighborhood just outside of Tulum far from the eco chic hotels on the beach road. Their goal is to have 40 murals completed by the end of this year.
So when you come to Tulum, explore and find these expressions of colour and energy, then pop into Tulum Art Club and see what gems of inspiration you come across there…
Tulum Art Club
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