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VAST in the 5th exhibition of New Expression of Asian Art

14 artist from Vast participated in the 5th exhibition of new expression of art hosted by dhonburi Rajabhat University in the National Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand.

The New Expression of Asian Art exhibition is a platform for artist to not only exhibit there work but to share, exchange ideas, to learn and to promote Asian art to the rest of the world.In this years exhibition 14 countries and over 100 artist participating in the exhibition.

Artist from Vast got the opportunity to meet and exhibit with masters from all over Asia.







1st Class of 2011

The first class of the year started today on 2nd April 2011.

VAST is joined by 26 enthusiastic young artists all eager to learn. It started off with Asha welcoming all and introducing the senior member artist who will be guiding them over the course of their stay at VAST. Asha gave a brief on what we will be doing over the year, the different classes that will be taught, the different project that we will be doing, the exhibition that we will be organizing and many more fun activity.



After the introduction and briefing by Asha the first class on Drawing and Sketching took place lead by Pema Tshering (tintin)




2011 Membership Registration


VAST Bhutan invites aspiring artists to participate in 2011 VAST activities.
Classes and activities starts from April 2011 to March 2012.

  • Classes on drawing and sketching
  • Watercolor theory
  • Summer and winter art camp
  • Art festivals and exhibitions
  • Special projects and workshops
  • National and international art competitions

Enrollment Date (Student members)
19th to 26th March,2011
(should submit artwork with name and address to VAST Studio)
30 New young artists will be enrolled from class VI and above
There will be sunday special classes for children below class VI

Annual Fee

  • Patron Nu.20,000(minimum), 15% discount on art work purchases, free access to talks & VAST exhibitions and 10% discount on VAST courses.
  • Friends Nu.5000(minimum), 10% discount on art work purchases, free access to talks & VAST exhibitions and 10% discount on VAST courses.
  • Members Nu. 3000(minimum), 10% discount on art work purchases, free access to talks & VAST exhibitions and 10% discount on VAST courses.
  • Student Nu. 1500 (5 Special scholarship will be awarded)
    Old members are welcome to join without going through the selection process.

>>Click here to download 2011 schedule
>>Click here to download 2011 membership form

New Expression of Asian Arts

Bhutanese contemporary artists are counting down the days to take part in the 5th New Expression of Asian Arts exhibition that begins on January 12, 2011 in Bangkok.

To represent the country, 14 senior artists from Voluntary Artists’ Studio Thimphu (VAST) will display a single piece of art of their choice among those from 14 Asian nations. Bhutanese artists will have an opportunity to exhibit their work during the first two days of the two-week exhibition.

The main objective of the exhibition, artist Dorji Wangchuk said, was to provide a platform for Asian artists to demonstrate their creativity, engage in cultural exchange and explore new avenues of expression through interaction.

“Such an exhibition will allow us to meet various masters from other countries and gain new ideas,” Karma Wangchuk said. “That way my art is just an excuse to meet my counterparts from elsewhere.”

Since all artists were allowed only one piece of artwork each for the exhibition, another participating artist Phurba Thinley said he chose his portrait of His Majesty the King. “He’s really a popular figure in Thailand,” he said. “That way I’ll be able to represent the country better.”

Dorji Wangchuk said most of their artworks were contemporary types. The exhibition will be held at the National Art Gallery in Phranakorn, Bangkok.

(Original story by KUENSEL)

His Majesty The King Awards Asha Kama, The National Order Of Merit Gold Medal

His Majesty the King with Asha Kama

On this most auspicious day – the National Day, His Majesty the King awarded Asha Kama The National Order Of Merit Gold Medal.

On this national event held at the Changlimithang Stadium, attended by thousands of people, and telecast live throughout the country, His Majesty called Asha Kama to the dais and outlined Asha’s tireless voluntary efforts in working with the youth of Bhutan.

In the evening, in true VAST spirit, everybody gathered in the studio to celebrate this very prestigious honour.

We are very proud of you Asha, and we are happy beyond words. And as Asha mentioned at the dinner, if we conduct ourselves as His Majesty had mentioned in his address to the nation – committed and with compassion, in harmony with our society – VAST members would be winning medals every year.

Congratulations Asha. You have our full support in whatever you do, and we pray for many more honors for you.

Congrats to Asha Kama

Congrats to Asha Kama

Congrats to Asha Kama

Congrats to Asha Kama

Beskop Tsechu


Beskop Tsechu is a film festival featuring short, non-commercial films from Bhutanese filmmakers, highlighting the medium of film and storytelling as an art. The films are varied: some are narrative fiction, some are documentary, or animation. Some deal with social issues, others are more experimental, artistic or cultural. All the filmmakers produced their films as a form of artistic expression or social responsibility, and have personally borne their own costs.

This independent film festival was organized to provide a platform for filmmakers to express and experiment with the medium of film-making, without the burden of profit or commercialization. Filmmakers and artists also hope that by sharing non-commercial alternative films with people, we may cultivate a new viewing culture, and promote a new appreciation for different films. VAST continually strives to provide a conducive space to grow, artistically and creatively, through art and expression. Today, it is through the medium of film and storytelling.

There are no sponsors for this event, it is a result of the combined efforts, energy and vision of VAST Bhutan and independent filmmakers.


Make a Wish 2

–By Asha Kama


We were there once again and back!!! The second round of the pilot project, despite the sheer enormity of the group, not to mention the complicated logistics involved, completed with a big success. Make a Wish Project 2 focused on old ladies this year. There were 54 ladies, aged ranging from 30 to 85 from Punakha along with 17 volunteers with two children age 2 and 3. The 9 day trip was a wonderful experience for both old and young.


The project was sponsored by the money we raised from the “Art of giving Night” in July 2010.
VAST on behalf of the ladies who benefited from the trip would like to thank all VAST artists who have contributed their art works for the silent auction and all the buyers, guests, volunteers and donors.


List of Buyers:

  1. Mam Deki, ELC, purchase of Asha kama’s painting
  2. Peter Schmidt, purchase of asha kama’s prints
  3. Mam annick, purchase of asha kama’s prints
  4. Lyonpo Tshering Tobgay, purchase of asha kama’s prints
  5. Aum sonam Wangmo, purchase of Pasang Tobgay’s Painting
  6. Mam Deki, ELC, purchase of Sukbir Biswas painting
  7. Ashi Kunzang Roder, purchase of Mailing’s painitng
  8. Mr. Alain Duhaut, purchase of dueg’s painting
  9. Dr. Kristan Jones, purchase of prints, unknown artist
  10. Aum Tshering Yangzom,purchase of chand’s painting
  11. Greg, purchase of Dipika’s digital artwork
  12. Greg, purchase of Gelay’s photo
  13. Aum Chimi Zom, purchase of unknown artist’s painting
  14. Karma T, purchase of Yannick’s photographs
  15. Dr.Lina, purchase of Chands’s painting
  16. Dr. Lina, purchase of Pasang Doma’s painting
  17. Aum Kayzang Phuntsho, purchase of Maiyes’s painting
  18. Gelay Jamtsho, purchase of Kunga wangchuk’s painting
  19. Aum Pema Norbu, purchase of Dueg’s painting

List of Donors

  1. Elizabeth Warren, USA
  2. Mr. Vijay
  3. Mr. Singye (KASH)
  4. Phub Lham
  5. Karma Choden
  6. Mamta Katwal
  7. Pem Deki
  8. Tshering Yangki
  9. Karma Chogyal
  10. Kinley Penjor
  11. Chencho Gyelmo
  12. Ugen P Norbu
  13. Tirtha Rana
  14. Karma tenzin
  15. Dungkhar
  16. Sonam Rabgye
  17. Anne Larsen
  18. Fumie Arizuma
  19. Shairi Mathen
  20. Aum Om Bokhu
  21. Ama Om
  22. Kuenga Zam & Tashi Tobgay
  23. Dago Peldon
  24. Ugen Choden
  25. Dichen Roder
  26. Mam Kara
  27. Mam Kueron
  28. Aum Yannick
  29. Phub Gyeltshen

List of Volunteers for the make a wish 2:

  1. Ama Om from Jawana
  2. Ama Kama from Jawana
  3. Aum Doma from Chukulungchu
  4. Aum Zam from Phakhakha
  5. Ap Bow, cook
  6. Ap Pem Tshering, cook
  7. Rajesh Gurung, VAST
  8. Asha Kama, VAST
  9. Sangay Dorji, VAST
  10. Dorji Wangchuk, VAST
  11. Kinley Bokto, VAST
  12. Zuki Nima, VAST
  13. Nono, VAST
  14. Aum Kunzang, VAST
  15. Pala, Driver
  16. Ugen, Driver
  17. Lotey, Driver

Youth connect to senior citizens
-By Tandin Pem (Bhutan Observer)

Fifty-four villagers from Punakha are on a two-week pilgrimage to temples and cultural sites in Bumthang as part of Voluntary Artists’ Studio’s (Vast) project called “Make a Wish”. Escorted by young volunteers from Vast, many of them are travelling out of Punakha for the first time in their lives.

Make a Wish project is aimed at bridging the gen­eration gap, according to the founder of Vast, Kama Wangdi, popularly known as Asha Kama.

He said the group visits temples and cultural sites during the day and sings and dances traditional songs in the evening. Most villagers in the group are elderly, the eldest one being 86 years old.

Last year, the project took 28 villagers on a pilgrimage. They camped outdoors, and in the evenings, the elderly peo­ple told stories to the younger ones. But this year, camping is not possible because the group is bigger.

Make a Wish project is designed to link the young and the old from rural and urban areas through the age-old Bhutanese tradition. The young serve their elders and regenerate the lost connec­tion. During the pilgrimage, the young volunteers are fully engaged in guiding and assist­ing the senior citizens.

The project provides an opportunity for the youth to develop a better understand­ing of the wealth of wisdom of the older generation. It also provides the poor senior citizens, who have not been outside their villages, an opportunity to visit religious and cultural sites and to de­velop a wider prospective on the development and changes taking place in the country.

The aim is to link the understanding of the old and the new to rural environment, cultural heritage and values.

“This is a pilot project. Next year, we are planning to take people from other areas,” said Kama Wangdi, adding, how­ever, that funding has been a problem.

This year’s Make a Wish project has been funded by proceeds from an event organised by Vast. Vast artists auctioned their artworks dur­ing the Art of Giving Night and donated the whole amount to Vast.

Orginal Article in Bhutan Observer

Young Zoom on Garbage – The Closing

The Young Zoom on Garbage Art Festival is yet another success story for VAST. The festival concluded with a street performance by the Happy Valley youth group and prizes were awarded by our very own home grown environmentalist hero Dasho Peljor J Dorji. The highlight of the closing day was the surprise visit by our Prime Minister which was big moral support to many of our young partners and students. Apart from creating bigger impact on awareness and behavioral changes, other news worthwhile to mention is that festival really gave a big chance to rebuild the community spirit. Therefore we would like to thank once again all our partners, sponsors and volunteers for putting their hearts and soul into this festival.

Following are the recipients of the awards sponsored by Nima Seldon of Namsay Adventure:

  • Aum Dhan Maya for her recycle wrapper mat innovation
  • Ap Phub Dorji for his recycle cement bag ropes
  • Ap Changala for sending 2 truck load of scap every month out of the country
  • Ap Bhajay M Bhadur for cleaning the “Doma tsima” bettle nut juice spatted by people every morning at the clock tower square
  • 25 children who collected more than 15,000 pieces of garbage on the day

Today VAST is on another very different project. They are on their way to Bumthang with 12 volunteers from VAST and 54 elderly ladies form Punakha village for Make a Wish Part 2.

Young Zoom On Garbage – The Opening

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Welcome to VAST’s Garbage Festival at the Thimphu Clock Tower Square.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

The Garbage Robot has the attention of the guests.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

The Honorable Works and Human Settlement Minister, the Guest of Honor, is showered by Giant Drops of Rain.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

The Honorable Opposition Leader has the attention of the Early Learning Center (ELC).

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Ever wondered what’s inside a rubbish bin?

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

The Tiny Toes present their idea about recycling.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

In another 20 years, Giants of Rubbish are going to attack our mankind.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Rubbish Robots will help the Giants of Rubbish in wiping out mankind.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

The lens to the biggest camera in Bhutan – the Rubbish Pinhole Camera.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Hotel Druk projected onto the sensor of the pinhole camera. Note – we are inside a camera, how cool is that?

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Recycle Me pleaded the young ones from the Thimphu Primary School.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan


Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Same Old Dragon, just new rubbish.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

All hands in the air for No Packaged Food at the ELC.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

All religion in the world will be overtaken by the Plastic Worshippers.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Inside the Temple of Doom.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Dorji Wangchuk’s for Air.

Garbage Art by VAST Bhutan

Asha Kama being interviewed by the media.