On Monday, a group of us created a window display in Corsham, Wiltshire, to raise awareness of the Tibetans in exile. The display can be seen, for this week only, at the Right-Angle Picture Framing, 20 High Street, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 0ES.
Central to the display is the art panel that was created by local artists Alexandra Gould and Carole Anne Tonge on Tibet Day back in June. The panel is decorated with symbols that celebrate Tibetan Culture. The middle of the painting shows the Potala Palace settled against the mountainous skyline of Tibet. Coral and other decorative beads surround the scene along with an animal prayer mask, a snow lion and the two crows that, as the legend goes, protected the First Dalai Lama, Chokey Geundun. It really is very colourful.
Other Tibetan artifacts are also on display, including the pray wheels that were made in Corsham to mark the Dalai Lama’s 80thBirthday, 21st June 2015. Strings of flags are available for you to buy.
We hope that this window display will raise the profile of Tibetans who have been forced to flee their homeland. The Lim Rim (Wilts & Glos) Buddhists sponsor 46 individual monks and details of how you can help can be found by clicking on the “Sponsorship” button on their website, www.lamrimwg.org.uk.
Meanwhile, why not pop along to Corsham and see if you can spot the prayer mask, traditionally bound books and prayer beads that have been painted in the panel? The display has to be taken down on Sunday 5thAugust so you do have to be quick, but it is worth the trip.
Alexandra Gould has an exhibition in Corsham in September. More details on her website, www.alexandragould.co.uk.