The Little Art organized the opening of season’s second exhibition event in Lahore for the 4th ArtBeat– National Child Art Competition and Exhibition 2015. In the 4 editions of the program, nearly 16,000 children and youth have participated in the competition, 9 exhibitions has been organized across Pakistan, 10 studio workshops were conducted for children with senior artists and art students, and student’s artworks has been promoted in public art galleries and at international art exhibitions like the Sharjah International Biennial for Children’s Arts.
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. Some of schools that have been chosen for prizes and exhibits include:
Special Education and Training Center, Bostaan’ Ilm School, Rising Stars Girls Elementary School, Bloomfield Hall School, Roots International School, Army Public School, Faisalabad Grammar School, Karachi Cambridge School, Happy Home High School, SLS Montessori & High School, Roots School System and the Bacha Khan Foundation schools all the way from Malakand and Khyber Agency.
This year’s jury consisted of esteemed painters, artists and experienced art educators such as; Dr. Shahida Manzoor (Principal, College of Art and Design, Punjab University), R.M. Naeem (Painter and Teacher, National College of Arts),Sadaf Naeem (Painter and Lecturer, Kinnaird College), Amina Ansari(Painter). As part of the program this year ArtBeat also offered studio workshops in summers to 60 selected students with Studio R.M and College of Art & Design Punjab University to excel in their skills with professional artists.
Our opening event in Alhamra was attended by special guests such as Mr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, playwright, art critic, writer and poet, Ms. Qudsia Rahim, Executive Director, Lahore Biennale Foundation, Ms. Salma Anwar Education Advisor LACAS, Ms. Sadia Khalid Head of Co-curricular activities DHA Schools.
“In our country, collectively we don’t have any representation of children and their talents. But looking at this exhibition here today I can see that The Little Art has made it possible. Any country that has progressed in history were ones that valued art, creativity and knowledge. And the work displayed by children here today truly reflects that we might be on the right path”
said Asghar Nadeem Syed during his speech at the opening.
“It is fantastic being here and I’m truly impressed by the works exhibited here today. Parents and teachers should be proud of their children for being able to express their views and share them with public at this beautiful exhibition today.”
said Ms. Qudsia Rahim, Executive Director of Lahore Biennale Foundation.
The selected winners from the competition were awarded cash prizes worth Rs. 1,00,000 and certificates at the opening event by the guests. A curated show of nearly 400 child artworks is presented at the exhibitions in the 3 cities.
As we end our exhibitions in Lahore today we are now looking forward to open ArtBeat in Karachi for the very first time on 9th of Oct at the Karachi Arts Council.
For more details: Karachi Exhibition
In the Press
*The exhibitions are free events open to public and there is no need for any passes.