Space for Mind, Space for Art brings Buddhist treasures to Vauxhall

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 May 2012
a photo of a golden buddha statue
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Exhibition: Space for Mind, Space for Art at the Spring Project, 100 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5EL until June 3 2012.

A precious haul of Buddhist art treasures from Nepal, Tibet and the surrounding Himalayan region is currently visiting Vauxhall.

Space for Mind, Space for Art is a touring collection being shown in the UK for the first time after a stint at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2008 where it helped promote the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

It features more than 50 separate items including gilded statues, ritual ornaments and embroidered scroll Thangka paintings. The oldest piece in the free exhibition is a 2,000-year-old stone statue of the Buddha carved in the ancient kingdom of Gandhara – part of modern-day Pakistan and Afghanistan.

An accompanying selection of contemporary work exploring related themes has been created by local artists in response to the exhibition with a number of pieces also on loan from the British Council Collection.

Alongside the exhibition, which has been organised by London-based charity Diamond Way Buddhism, a complementary programme of talks, guided tours and film screenings provides opportunities to learn about the spiritual context of the artworks and their significance within Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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