Community: As a part of the Art of Giving event held at the Voluntary Artists’ Studio in Thimphu (VAST) on November 27, more than Nu 500,000 worth of artwork, souvenirs, and silverware, among others, were auctioned.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay donated his entire collection of art and artefacts, which came to around 200 pieces received as gifts from state guests from across the world. A total of 332 items of artwork, paintings, clothes and souvenirs were auctioned that day.

Some of the interesting and unique pieces from Lyonchoen’s collection included a hand inlaid traditional bronze bowl from Thailand, cufflinks from the White House, a beautifully crafted handmade pen made out of gold and silver thread known as filigree art from India, statues of Buddha and artefacts made from sandalwood, a gold belt buckle, silver tea sets from India to dazzling ivory jewellery boxes and intricate paintings on marble.

VAST’s founder Asha Kama said, the entire collection was worth more than Nu 1 million (M).

“Lyonchoen gave a perfect meaning to the event and showed how vast his heart is. The items were on silent auction, which gained a lot of attention. The auction was held to raise funds for our many communities-based social activities and events. All of our artists donated their artworks towards this annual event,” Asha said. “The money raised will be used as a seed money for the various art projects and art camps organised by VAST.”

As a part of the Art of Giving event, friends and families of VAST also donated old things and clothes for the jumble sale, which was held on the same day. Food stalls and face painting were also held to raise funds during the event.

The Art of Giving is an annual event held at VAST in the capital.

Thinley Zangmo