The days program is as follows
- 1pm – Opening ‘Sangsol’ Ceremony – Followed by Tibetan Singing and Dancing
- 2pm – Chrildrens Activities
- 3pm – Stories from Tibet
- 4pm – Tibetan Dance workshop – All Welcome
Notes on the Live Art
In a celebration of the Tibetan Culture on Tibet Day 2018, a painting is being created in the West Barn, Bradford on Avon. Artist Alexandra Gould and Printmaker Artist Carole Tong are working to a 4ft square design that loosely represents the spiritual and ritual Tibetan mandala. The Mandala is traditionally used to symbolize the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life.
Within this framework, an image of the great monastic roof line of Tibet is central, depicting intricate craftsmanship of buildings and the vast landscape beyond.
Coral and other decorative beads surround the scene and are circled by an animal prayer mask, a tradition that originated in the 6th century and the majestic snow lion of the Tibetan Flag.
Borders are comprised of the colourful fabrics that hang within the monasteries and the patterns found on the people of Tibet. Woven embroidery in colourful stripes and elegant Tibetan cloud designs.
Perched in the top corners of the painting are two crows representing the connection between Mahakala, the crows, and the Dalai Lamas.
This connection is woven throughout the history of the Dalai Lamas beginning with the two crows who protected a baby who became the First Dalai Lama Chokey Geundun. Today the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet recalls that ‘a pair of crows came to roost on the roof of our house. They would arrive each morning, stay for while and then leave.’
Tibetan culture is rich in symbolism and we have sought to encapsulate some of this in painting. The design celebrates the Tibetan Language, taking inspiration from an example of Tashi Mannox’s calligraphy which means “to practice love in hand with understanding is the wisdom of compassion.”
It is by preserving this ancient language, song, dance and traditions that we can continue to learn of the accumulated knowledge and wisdoms stored in the Tibetan Libraries (references in the border at the base of the painting) and keep the Tibetan culture alive for future generations.