Information in brief

This performance event by Janis Somerville (Australia) and Pip Cozens (Great Britain) originates in Bielefeld, Germany and is a part of World Artists for Tibet. Launched in late 1997, it is both international and interactive as anyone from anywhere can join in the action, including yourself:
Just send us an image of your hand on paper and add your name, country and a message for the Tibetan people. Our target is 1 million hands for Tibet to reach us as soon as possible. The event has been extended indefinitely, so keep sending your hands until Tibet is free.

A performance at the Tibetan / Indian border has taken place in June 1998 as one important stage of the event. Among other performances that we have made is a presentation of 25,000 hands during His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to Northern Germany in October 1998.

The purpose

To bring world attention to the situation in Tibet.
To enable everyone, not just artists, to participate in this event.
To bring healing energy from people all around the world to the Tibetan people and their land.

Where we have worked:
  • Choglamsar, Ladakh, Northern India (near the Tibetan Border)
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Schneverdingen, Norddeutschland
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Bandung, Indonesia
  • Bielefeld, Schwalenberg, and Detmold, all in Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Your hometown
World Artists for Tibet:

This project is a part of World Artists for Tibet. The initiative for this world wide artistic event, involving thousands of artists from over 50 different countries, came from the Tibetan Government in exile, Flemish artist Frank Liefhooge and members of the European Parliament, Jessica Lange and Oliver Dupuls. It is designed to open the eyes of the world to the Tibetan situation. Exhibitions and events have taken place in each country from July 1st to August 31st, 1998.