Saturday, October 15, 6 – 10:30pm
1313 Queen St. West, Toronto
Gallery Show: October 5-16, open to the public
The evening was successful in raising funds and awareness for the organization and its cause. Bidding was online as well as at the event. The organizer Teuzin Nawang Tekan got the idea for the Toronto event after attending a similar event in New York. The group is looking at a larger event in 2012. This year’s event managed to attract a lot of the local Tibet community in Parkdale as well as others interested in the cause.
More than 20 acclaimed and emerging artists exhibited artworks together for the first ever Art for Tibet (A4T) Canada, annual art show, cultural exhibition and fundraiser at Gallery 1313 in Toronto. Art for Tibet featured leading contemporary Tibetan and international artists, including Tenzing Rigdol, Chungpo, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Brian Harris, UIla Djelweh, and many more.
Photo: Phil Anderson
Since protests swept across Tibet in March 2008, the Chinese government has arrested and imprisoned numerous Tibetan writers and artists for criticizing its policies in Tibet. Despite this escalated repression, we are witnessing a cultural renaissance in Tibet, with an endless stream of poems, essays, songs and paintings flowing out from beyond the Himalayas. Over 50 Tibetan artists and writers have been arrested, tortured and imprisoned in the past two years. This year’s Art for Tibet drew attention to their persecution by honouring Tibetan artists in Tibet and in exile for their contribution to Tibetan contemporary culture. All proceeds from the event will benefit SFT Canada, a non-profit organization with international headquarters in New York.
Text: Tenzin Nawang Tekan, Art For Tibet Canada Coordinator