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10:00am – 5:00pm Wed – Sun
Traditional and contemporary expressions of Tibetan painting and sculpture will grace the walls of Brisbane Powerhouse during the entire festival. Traditionally trained, cutting edge contemporary master Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok (Australia), versatile contemporary artist Tashi Norbu (Netherlands) and traditional Thankgka painter, Thupten Gyatso (Australia) will take patrons on a journey from the highly formulaic traditions of Tibetan Buddhist art, to striking contemporary expressions of their now dynamic globalised culture.  Urgen Sonam’s Silk appliqué and embroidery on fine strong silk to create dramatically beautiful, refined Buddhist iconography.The exhibition will also feature  photographs of Tibet.



Traditionally trained, cutting edge contemporary master Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok, applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Tibetan Art. The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love of life in the Australian bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, and in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery



Tashi Norbu is a Tibetan born contemporary artist who lives and works in The Netherlands. He was trained as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter at the offices of the Dalai Lama in India and after coming to Europe, completed his art studies at the Saint Lucas Academy of Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium.
Tashi Norbu is a versatile contemporary artist whose works reflect the essence of his background – Tibet and Buddhism – combined with strong influences from western art forms and western ideas.


Urgen Sonam is a renowned master artist of silk thangka, a sacred rare art of Tibet, which uses techniques of appliqué and embroidery on fine strong silk to create dramatically beautiful, refined Buddhist iconography. Silk Thangka is practiced and mastered by very few and is considered the pinnacle of the various thangka arts. Reverence is due to it’s intricate and time consuming nature, exquisite materials and it’s ability to last generations.

Urgyen Sonam was born in Eastern Tibet and spent much of his childhood travelling by foot to the scared sites, later, in India he became a monk and specialised in ritual music and chanting. His natural affinity with the arts led him to take up a 5 year full time apprenticeship with Phuntsok Tsering The Dalai Lamas personal thangka maker and textile artist. Urgyen is now based in Australia and is one of only a few traditionally trained Tibetan silk thangka artist in the west, he travels regularly showcasing his pieces and holding workshops around the world.



SAND MANDALA  10:00am – 5:00pm Wed – Sun (Turbine Platform) FREE
Throughout the Festival, you can witness our resident monks creating a stunningly beautiful sand mandala. Millions of grains of brightly coloured sand are placed with great skill and patience using a metal funnel called a chak phur to form intricate geometric designs. Beautifully detailed and highly symbolic, the sand mandala can take many days to complete, with the process culminating in the spiritually charged dissolution ceremony on the final day (Sunday 30th April @ 12pm). Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.