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MADwebsite39Artists in residence.

We are privileged to have several artists in residence with experience of ancient, traditional and contemporary arts disciplines including:

  • Time Based Art
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Textile Design
  • Photography
  • Acoustic Sound Sculpture
  • Music Composition and Performance.

Lama Jiga is an experienced Buddhist teacher and qualified mindfulness instructor. He has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has set up, established and managed meditation centres throughout the world including the first Dharma Centre in Moscow. He is currently senior advisor to the Nilupul Foundation and resident meditation teacher for the Dundee & Aberdeen Buddhist meditation Groups. Lama Jiga has also trained in secular mindfulness at the Centre for Mindfulness Research at Bangor University.

Prior to becoming a monk Lama Jiga studied Orchestral Percussion and is an Associate of The Birmingham School of Music for both teaching and Performing.  He has composed original work including a childrens ballet which won one of the first Edinburgh Fringe awards.

As a monk his artistic skills developed as he studied with renowned Tibetan masters including Ven. Sherab Palden Beru  learning statue making, temple decoration, mask making, ritual dance and music.

Lama Jiga has delivered mindfulness-based training for creative arts students at Duncan of Jordonstone School of Art and works closely with other artists to develop projects which encourage a mindful approach to the artistic process.

Robert Bichan MSc is a graduate of the University of Dundee. He studied for a BA in Time Based Art at Duncan Of Jordonstone before going on to gain a Masters Degree in Digital Art & Animation.  He specialises in film, photography and performance art.

Much of Robert’s work explores how involvement in our thoughts and emotions effect our everyday life. Robert has been exploring these themes through film and performance art.

Robert also runs the Nilupul Foundation media facility, offering multi-media arts projects and community arts engagement.  He is currently involved in delivering filmmaking training to young people with the Wha’s Dundee Digital media project.

Margaret Powell is a musician, trained in flute, piano and guitar and a music teacher with many years of diverse experience in the field of performance, teaching and therapy.  She is also trained in the use of Mindfulness-Based Approaches and integrates Mindfulness training into her work.  With a deep understanding of the benefits of working with music and sound in a therapeutic way, Maggie currently runs popular ‘Voice Journey’ singing workshops and is a qualified Sound Therapist.  At present, Maggie works at Kingspark School, teaching children with a wide variety of special needs.  Maggie works with autistic kids in creative and improvisory sessions using ground-breaking sound technology.

Alongside her musical skills Maggie is also an accomplished craftswomen and leads Mindful Arts & Crafts workshops and classes at the Nilupul Centre.

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