Art of Giving

artof giving.pdf-01VAST Bhutan invites you all to join us for the “Art of Giving” event. The Art of Giving is aimed towards fundraising for our fellow artist friend Dhwoj Gurung from Nepal. His village Ghaychchok was completely destroyed during the recent earthquake. Dhwoj is taking the lead in rebuilding his village in Gorkha.
He is an exceptional artist who has achieved so much fame in the Art world at a very young age.
He has been an inspiration to the young VAST artists during the Bhutan International Festival. His live outdoor painting workshops were phenomenal.
Dhwoj is without a doubt a great artist but also a greater human being.
Please spread the word and help us help him.
You can look him up on facebook about how Dhwoj is working towards rebuilding his village.
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Kadrinchela for HAPPINESS- Kuensel

1_KARDINCHELA for HAPPINESS 2_kadrinchela 4_kadrinchela 5_kadrinchela 7_kadrinchela 8_kadrinchela 9_klaStudents express their gratitude to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo through the medium of art 

Anniversary: Seventy students from schools in Thimphu expressed their gratitude (kadrinchela) for happiness through their artwork yesterday.

Ranging from a girl contently listening to music, a woman walking in the rain, to three monks meditating with a smile, and portraits of the His Majesties the Kings, the artwork was dedicated to the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, in commemoration of His Majesty’s 60th birth anniversary.

An art competition was held on March 1, and all the artwork was exhibited at the Voluntary Artists’ Studio in Thimphu (VAST) gallery.


Inrig Yoedserma, 8, from Sersang primary school, won the first prize of Nu 5,000 in the five to 12 years category.  She had painted her version of happiness through a strong dragon breathing fire, as two friends watched the dragon.

Founder of VAST, Asha Kama, said they would organise similar programs for children to participate again.

An art exhibition will be held on March 22 at the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre from 10am to 1pm.  Participants, who are interested to participate, can register at the centre, Asha Kama said.

During the event, cash prizes were also awarded to children, who collected the highest number of pet bottles during a collection drive last year.  A Lungtenzampa MSS student, Tashi Namgyel, won Nu 5,000 for collecting 968 pet bottles.

The home and cultural affairs minister, Damcho Dorji, and officials from the Bangladesh and Indian embassies attended the exhibition.  The event is organised by the Bangladesh embassy and VAST.

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VAST Bhutan in collaboration with the Bangladesh Embassy, Thimphu is organizing an art competition on the theme “Kadrinche La for HAPPINESS” by children between the age of 6 to 25 to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of our Beloved King , The 4th Druk Gyalpo.

The competition will be held on 1st March, 2015, from 10 am to 5 pm at VAST Bhutan,Tarayana Building, Chubachu.

All interested participants are requested to come to VAST at 10 a.m to participate in the competition.

Registration for VAST membership and enrollment for the 2015 weekend art courses will also be open from 1st March to 22nd , 2015. The weekend classes will commence from 4th of April, 2015.

Launch of the National Art Fest

Contemporary Art offers an innovative form of expression capable of highlighting Bhutan’s work to balance tradition with modernity. We feel that a nationwide Art Competition will motivate Contemporary Artists to create deep, thoughtful and large bodies of work.

The long awaited project was launched by Her Royal Highness, Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck at the Le Meredien, Thimphu during the certificate awarding ceremony of the Bhutan International Festival on 21st February, 2015.

When VAST began in 1998, one of its ambitious mandates was to reach out to the national art community, providing both professional artists and young artists, opportunities to express themselves and educate those around them about the importance of art for self-expression.

As contemporary art begins to emerge in Bhutan we must seize the opportunity to spread recognition of contemporary art as an art form as well as aid the breakthrough artists in their immersion towards international recognition.

In celebration of His Majesty’s dedication to art, VAST is honoured to launch the annual nationwide contemporary art exhibition and competition to be held in Thimphu every year.

This nationwide call for submissions and exhibition would simultaneously celebrate both the achievements of His Majesty, as well as the birth of modern art under His dynamic leadership. Continue reading