Kathmandu: Splendid wooden sculptures of various Buddhist deities that were created by professional woodcarvers from Bungamati during an apprenticeship program supported by Atelier for Artists is currently on display at Newa Chen Art Gallery in Patan.
The sculptures are being showcased at an exhibition being organized as part of the ongoing Kathmandu Triennale 2017. It features artworks of seven professional artists who were selected to follow a short course under Nepal’s famous sculptor Laximan Tuladhar Maharjan.
The artists created variety of wooden sculptures during the seven month course, which focused on traditional Newari styles and patterns, said Swati Pujari, the coordinator of the program.
The program is partially funded by a group of Dutch artists, called the ‘Artists for Nepal’, who contributed their artwork for auction to support a sustainable program focusing on supporting and promoting local arts and artists in Nepal.
Besides skill enhancement of local artists, under the tutelage of a highly skilled and experience artists, this program also aims to revolve the funds, at least partially by supporting the next batch of participants through the sale of artwork created in this batch.
The long term aim of this program is to establish a woodcarving school at Bungamati with the involvement and ownership of the local community, according to the organizers.
The exhibition shall run till April 9. TNN