The Little Art organized the first exhibition of 4th season of ArtBeat – National Child Art Competitions & Exhibitions. This year’s theme “Kaisa Pakistan” encouraged children to reflect on their identity, visualize their true culture, draw and paint how they see Pakistan. 4th ArtBeat received artworks from 210 schools and nearly 25 community organizations from across Pakistan, making it the largest participation of children the competition has ever seen.
The opening ceremony was organized at the Sir Syed Memorial Society to announce the start of the gallery exhibitions in Islamabad and was attended by an audience of 200 people including school children, teachers, families and special guests from the community. The ceremony also screened a showreel film with the highlights of 4th season of ArtBeat, with experiences from the competition and workshops shared by the students and jury members.
The chief guest at the event was BISP chairperson, Ms. Marvi Memon and the guests of honor included Mrs. Brig.(R) Iqbal M Shafi (Honorary president of Sir Syed memorial society), Director UNESCO Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Executive Director GD Pakistan Ms. Valerie Khan, Artist and professor Aqeel Solangi, Visual Artist Sana Arjumand and Artist and Asst. Professor (NCA Rawalpindi) Mr. Sajjad Akram.
Quotes by guests
Welcome speech by the Director of The Little Art, Shoaib Iqbal:
“ Welcome Children! This is a day to celebrate the creativity of all the children who participated in the 4th ArtBeat Kaisa Pakistan. This is your day! We received a huge number of artworks and worked hard to select the winners of this year. I would like to thank and congratulate each and everyone who took part in this project and our guests for extending their support throughout. With this kind of support each year we aim to make ArtBeat grow and reach to more children around Pakistan”.
Director UNESCO Pakistan, Vibeke Jensen:
“ A big congratulations to all the children! I had the chance to view some great work made by young artists at the exhibition today and I was greatly impressed by their talent. Keep going forward!”
Marvi Memon: During her speech Ms. Marvi stated:
“I am extremely happy to see such a good initiative made by The Little Art and I would like to extend my support on behalf of the Federal Government and BISP and we would love to make this project grow further and collaborate with children to produce more artwork and promote their creativity. We shall give a chance to all children especially the extremely marginalized through this project. ”
Executive Director, Group Development Pakistan, Patron of The Little Art, Ms. Valerie Khan said:
“Congratulations all! I am glad we have policy makers like Marvi Memon amongst us today who can implement programs like ArtBeat at a larger scale and reach more children in Pakistan. I wish you all the best. Jeevay Pakistan!”
The Assistant Professor at National College of Arts NCA- Rawalpindi, lecturer at College of Art & Design PUCAD, Mr. Sajjad Akram said:
“I have been working and following The Little Art for the past year. It is really positive to see that new ideas and vision is being introduced to children through art making and this is really important for their development. I am happy to announce that my studio Nukta Studios will be opening it’s doors to children coming through ArtBeat for studio workshops next year”.
Senior artist, Sana Arjumand :
“Congratulations to all the winners of ArtBeat. Consider this a big achievement in your life. As an artist, trust me when I say follow your heart and do what you love. There is nothing that can come between you and success. Do not be discouraged by negativity and keep aiming to make your dreams come true”
Senior Artist, Asst. Professor (DFA) at NCA Rawalpindi, Mr. Aqeel Solangi:
“The age in which you are working right now carries a lot of innocence and creativity. And the works you are creating has a lot of power as well, power to change, challenge and even question issues that we face. Congratulations on your achievements and keep doing great work”
Some of schools that had been selected for prizes and exhibits included: Chapter School, Roots ICY international School Rawalpindi, Angelique School Islamabad, Army Public School Rawalpindi, Beaconhouse School System Civil lines Rawalpindi, The City School, Viqar un Nisa Noon Girls Higher Secondary Institute Rawalpindi, OPF Girls College, Islamabad and Bostaan’Ilm School Rawalpindi.
Child artists that were selected to present their works at the gallery exhibitions in Sir Syed Memorial Society Auditorium in Islamabad were awarded certificates and cash prizes worth Rs. 1,00,000 by the honorable guests. The show was open to public till 18th of September and saw the participation of nearly 1,000 people.
ArtBeat is a project of The Little Art which was initiated in 2012 with a vision to promote visual culture, develop understanding of issues among children and youth from their own perspective, and celebrate children as artists and present children’s view to community. The project has been able to engage over 16,000 children as young artists, organized over 12 exhibitions displaying child art in public galleries across 3 cities.
The Little Art is a non –profit organization working for promoting arts education and providing creative learning opportunities to children and young people in Pakistan.
Quotes by audience