Training on contemporary art ended
Anon-profit organization popularly known as VAST (Volunteer Artists’ studio, Thimphu) that promotes young generation of art enthusiasts through art had organized eleven days training on contemporary art at Tarayana which ended last Friday.
During the closing ceremony, Minister for information and communications, Lyonpo D.N Dhungyel said that contemporary art is something to be nurtured, something to be preserved and something to be valued. So if we do not do this, we will lose our identity, this are our pieces of identity and identity of Bhutanese.
“If we do not preserve these things, we will not take much time to experience that these things were taking in the past” Lyonpo added.
Lyonpo further added, Bhutan not only for you and me, it is also for the generation of our people. We have to leave our dresses of our Bhutanese; we have to leave the dresses of what Bhutan was. It may be a decade ago or two decades ago and even a century ago.
Contemporary art gives us this sort of benefits which can preserve the identity. For instance; age old identity and age old culture that we have in Bhutan, said the Lyonpo.
The Director General of Department of Information and Media Kinley T. Wangchuk said that the role of this artist and the craftsman in any society and in any nations, it is very significant because not only does it actually enhance one’s employ ability but also it added in the firming and defining keeping up of our traditional culture.
Tshulthrim Dorji, 42 years old monk who was a lecture of Taktse College under Royal University of Bhutan but resigned after serving for 5 years said, although age of mine is matured but my mind is not matured because we have lot to do for the benefit of others. Although I am very interested in painting but I could not achieve lot. So when I heard about the contemporary art training program, I took this advantage to enhance my knowledge.
He added that, “after attending 11 days of training, I acquired extra knowledge about the contemporary art painting”. In terms of our traditional painting, it is rigid, because it is sinful but in terms of contemporary art painting, we can do freely without taking any consideration.
Meanwhile, the objective of the workshop was art to some extent is dependent on the existence of art galleries, schools, museums and institutions and we have just a few such institutions. Moreover, contemporary art is difficult subject. Therefore, it is very important for us to promote such art and stimulate and promote creative skills in our youths to connect their ideas and expression and relate their artwork to their audience. This workshop has been conducted to encourage and assist our artists in creating relevant contents.
According to the press release, a contemporary art was produced at the present period in time. The term contemporary art refers to art made and produced by artist living today. It involves the use of imagination fuelled by passion in expressing one’s feelings and ideas through creation of such objects or art work.
It also says that, the specialty of contemporary art is its great potential to connect with the audience as contemporary art is the art of the present time. The success of any art is the ability of the artist to delicately connect with the audience and is able to relate to them what the artist actually meant.
The most interesting aspect of this workshop is that the participants make use of the locally available objects with simple materials which are locally available.
While, VAST was established with an aim to provide an opportunity to the Bhutanese youth to participate and develop their potential talents as well as share social responsibilities through artistic explorations and other socially useful and productive work.
The organization also designs and implements projects to promote culture, health, hygiene and environment. Moreover, VAST Bhutan also thrives upon its dedication to community service. By instilling and nourishing a sense of community activism and participation in its members, VAST aims to promote and provide an example of the importance of the spirit of volunteerism in communities. VAST centralizes its educational strategies around the areas of art, community service cultural promotion.
Meanwhile, this workshop is attended by 28 youths from different institutes like the Zorig Chosum, Choki Painting School in Kabesa, Thimphu, youth volunteers of VAST and the closing ceremony was graced by Hon’ble Minister, MoIC which was organized by the public communication division, department of information and media, MoIC.