Buddhist Art Forum

a four-day conference

Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 April 2012

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Lighting butter lamps before the 16th-century wall paintings of Tamshing MonasteryLighting butter lamps before the 16th-century wall paintings of Tamshing Monastery, Bhutan . Photo: Research Project on the Wall Paintings of Bhutan (Courtauld Institute and the Department of Culture of Bhutan) 2009.Ticket/entry details: This event is now fully booked.

Organised by: David Park and Kuenga Wangmo (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


This Forum will be a major event of an exceptional kind, seeking to address the philosophical issues concerning Buddhism and art in a profound and holistic way. Drawing contributors from widely varied backgrounds from Asia and the rest of the world, the Forum will have four overarching themes dealing with Buddhist art: definition; creation and function; conservation; and its role in the contemporary world.



It will be the first time that a representative group of those with a stake in Buddhist art–monks, artists, art historians, archaeologists, conservators, curators, and officials–are gathered to consider such issues, and a unique opportunity for synergistic discussion. Prompted by The Courtauld’s engagement with the complex challenges of preserving Buddhist art in China, India and Bhutan and The Ho Family Foundation’s aim to promote understanding of Buddhism, it is hoped that the Forum will make a genuine contribution to the awareness and understanding of issues and developments beyond regional and specialist boundaries.

About forty contributors will engage with an audience of scholars, students and the general public who will participate in discussion throughout the event. The Forum will include evening receptions jointly hosted with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, and another in The Courtauld Gallery.

This event is sponsored by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.


The Forum is now full, and The Courtauld therefore regrets that no further bookings are being accepted.

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For the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF), being held in London from 11 – 15 April in conjunction with the Forum, please see: http://www.buddhistfilmfoundation.org/events/ibff-continues-10th-anniversary-season-in-london/



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