Past Projects & Events


The Tibetan word for Mandala is ‘Kyil khor’ which means ‘centre of the circle with exterior walls and surrounding environment’. At a deeper level a Mandala represents the wholeness and harmony at the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist universe.They can be created with precious stones, coloured stones or coloured sands. The sand is traditionally made from crushed precious stones and is considered the most efficacious of materials because of the precious substances involved and the great skill required to create the Mandala’s exquisite detail. Each grain of sand used is charged with the blessings of the ritual process and the entire Mandala embodies a vast store of spiritual energies.

It is not clear when you first see a Mandala that the geometric patterns and colours are in one sense a blueprint for an existing spiritual structure. One way of thinking of the sand Mandala is as a two dimensional representation of a sacred three dimensional structure, a Buddhist celestial palace populated with enlightened beings. When you are looking down at a sand Mandala you can imagine that you are getting a bird’s eye view of a multi leveled palace viewed from directly overhead.

The ceremony involves the transformation of disturbing emotions to beneficial intuition and wisdom.

At the conclusion of the creation of the sand Mandala the sands are swept together and offered back to the water spirits or land lords. This is to understand that all things are impermanent, and also to bring a peaceful and harmonised environment and good climates.

The process of dissolution of the sand Mandala begins with a meditation and chanting ritual. Small pinches of sand are taken from the Mandala, this is followed by cutting the energy lines of the Mandala. The sands are then swept into the centre and placed into ceremonial vases. The monks then proceed with the sand to the nearest area of water, where the sands are then poured, so that the blessing of the sacred sand may extend as far as possible.

The whole purpose of building the Mandala is to realise the emptiness and impermanence of everything. Creating a sand Mandala is an ancient and sacred [ractice intended to uplift and benefit not only every person who sees it, but also to bless the environment.

After the sand Mandala is so intricately and carefully created, it is then dismantled and dissolved before the sand is placed into a water system, usually a nearby river or ocean. The dissolution ceremony is to represent non-attachment.


Sacred Sands of Healing

Ven. Thupten Lodey from the Gyuto Monastery in India has traveled internationally to create sand Mandalas including a 3D Mandala at the University of Western Australia in Perth with Tenzin Phuljung in 1999. He is the founder and Spiritual Director of the (PhenDheLing Tibetan Buddhist Centre) Tibetan Ancient Ritual Arts Inc. in Western Australia. Since 1999 he has been dedicated to teaching Tibetan ancient ritual arts and Buddhist teachings. Gyuto monks intensively travel on international and national tours creating Mandalas and performing famous chanting.

Ven. Thupten Jigme is the present Chant Master of the Gyuto Monastery. He has been travelling internationally since 1985. He is the one of the most well-known Chant Masters and also he is a skilled artist of Tibetan Buddhist ritual arts.



The opening night was a great success with stunning contributions, a full house, wine, pizza, a fashion show, live music so Art Not Waste has definitely secured it’s place as an annual event now. What an achievement!! A massive thank you also to James Gentle who passionately has been holding this event now for the third time!

Just a little update on the winners of the art price:

1st price and $300 went to ‘Birdy’ by Andres Karafin; sculpture made of cutlery, see picture
2nd price and $150 went to ‘Plastic Fish’ by Nari Lees; plastic sculpture / film/ dance installation performed on the opening night, 15 min.
3rd price and $100 went to ‘Road Kill’ by Jennie Newman; sculpture made of tyre tubes
People’s Choice and $100 voucher for Mitre 10 went to ‘Reception’ by Bespoked by Mr & Mrs Fisken; desk made of old door and farm machinery parts, see picture

Both ‘Birdy’ and ‘Reception’ were purchased by Denmark Arts and now have their special place in our office. Several of the other artwork have found a new owner that night also which makes this an even more successful event. To see that the creative transformation of waste is being appreciated by a wider audience is simply wonderful.

Thank you to all our sponsors, artists and everyone who was part of Art Not Waste!

Following the amazingly creative and inspiring success of ART NOT WASTE exhibition in 2016, ART NOT WASTE is calling all junk lovers, Tip Shopaholics, up-cyle kings and queens, struggling artists living from hand to mouth… you get the picture. Here’s your opportunity to play, invent, recycle and shine!! All we ask is that your work is made from predominantly waste/preloved materials and hasn’t been exhibited in any form before. Let your creativity roar and get creating! Art can’t get much more fun than this!

Check out the video below for some of the projects and events from Denmark Arts…

Bloody Hippies DVD – Buy your copy here

During the late 1970’s the community of Denmark, WA experienced a cultural influx…

… that was to stamp it’s identity forever. The alternative life-style movement that had swept the globe through the 60’s and 70’s had finally discovered the South Coast of Western Australia. “Bloody Hippies!” is an oral history documentary, that explores this socio-cultural phenomenon….

Local community arts-worker and teacher Valeska Wood recollects growing up in Denmark during the 1970’s which, back then, was a small, conservative farming and milling town. After some years away studying, travelling and working, Wood returns to discover a very different Denmark to the sleepy little town of her childhood.

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Bloody Hippies DVD is 10.00$ plus postage. You can buy it here via a secure paypal payment.

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Listen to some highlights from the Living Testament CD