Train­ing on con­tem­po­rary art ended

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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.

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