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

VAST gets CSO status

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Voluntary Artists’ Studio of Thimphu (VAST) – Bhutan is now a registered civil society organisation (CSO), and this provides the otherwise club-of-sorts legal backing and recognition to raise funds for the growth of art in the country.

While the application to register as a CSO was put in last year, VAST received its accreditation on September 2, this week, from the Civil Society Organisation Authority as a mutual benefit organisation (MBO).

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Her Expression: First ever art exhibition by women opens


‘Her Expression,’ the first ever art exhibition by Bhutanese women that opened at the art gallery yesterday saw about 20 female artists showcasing various artwork.

With tender feminine strokes visible in their works, each artist managed to show a part of their world through their paintings.  Some showed their artistic sensibilities with their photography skills and through abstract paintings.

Organised by Voluntary Artists’ Studio in Thimphu (VAST), the exhibition provides a platform for budding, as well as professional, female artists, where most were self-taught and a few studied art. Continue reading