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2015 Exhibition

SAND MANDALA by Lama Khedup Bhutia
10:00am – 5:00pm Tues – Sun (Turbine Platform)


Throughout the Festival, mandala master Lama Khedup will create 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 25th Jan @ 12pm). Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.


Tues – Sun (Mosquito Foyer)


An exhibition of Tibetan Thangka paintings will transform the Powerhouse’s Turbine Platform into a sacred space of stunning buddhas, bodhisattvas and deities. All paintings by Tibetan Artists in Exile.

The exhibition also features cutting edge contemporary Tibetan art by master painter Karma Phuntsok. Although traditionally trained, Karma also applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Buddhist Art. Karma’s art is featured in collections around the world including the Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.