ArtBeat – National Child Art Competition and Exhibitions

to promote visual culture among children and youth

Paint or Draw

Win cash prizes, artist residency & appreciation

Workshops with Renowned Artists

Exhibitions in Lahore, Karachi & Islamabad

Workshops with Studio RM Naeem, Nukta Studio & Abdul Jabbar Gul Studio



Dear Teachers, School Administrators, Parents, Children & Youth

ArtBeat – National Child Art Competition and Exhibitions is in its sixth year now. The project was initiated in 2012 with a vision to promote visual culture, understanding of issues among children and youth from their own perspective, celebrate children as artists and present children’s view as a point of discourse for adults and community.

This year’s ArtBeat theme is “Rung Bahar”. Rang depicts playing with colors to express your feelings and Bahar is taken as celebrating spring and happiness. The artworks can address any two of the themes and can be in abstract form as well.

In the last 5 years, ArtBeat has established itself as one of the most important arts competition for children and youth in Pakistan including participation from over 270 schools, 35 community organizations and distribution of awards worth of nearly 1.5 Million PKR with 12 exhibitions in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. We hope that children and youth from your school will also be able to benefit this year as well.

Awais Shafiq, Project Coordinator
The Little Art


Rung Bahar

Rung: Play with colours to express your feelings, the art you make can be abstract.

Bahar: Celebrating spring and happiness
such as the smell of blooming flowers
the chirping of birds up in the trees
the dance of leaves as the breeze sweeps
through them, the taste of sweet air
in the green around us

Age Groups

Category A: 4-9 years

Category B: 10-14 years

Category C: 15-18 years

Category D: Special Needs

Submission Deadline
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Schools Submission Form Individual Submission Form




Each submission: 500 Rs

For schools in Lahore, cash is accepted on submissions.

Fee can be submitted through the following 2 ways;

  1. Demand draft ONLY drawn on the name of “The Little Art”
  2. Direct Online Deposit

Account Title: The Little Art

Account #: 0182-007-000-000-342

Faysal Bank


ArtBeat offers special discount to schools on group submissions.

Submission fee: 350 Rs (per entry)

Upon submission of minimum 30 artworks from each school.


Attach the submission form at the back of your artwork, and send your artwork along with fee receipt to;









Cash Prizes

9 Regional Prizes for all 3 Categories

6 National Prizes for the Children with Special Needs

33 Cash Prizes in Total

*Cash prize money will be divided between child artist and school equally

Green Region Prizes in Each Age Group

First Prize: 7000 Rs.

Second Prize: 5000 Rs.

Third Prize: 3000 Rs.

Purple Region Prizes in Each Age Group

First Prize: 7000 Rs.

Second Prize: 5000 Rs.

Third Prize: 3000 Rs.

Blue Region Prizes in Each Age Group

First Prize: 7000 Rs.

Second Prize: 5000 Rs.

Third Prize: 3000 Rs.

National Prize

Winner Shields for Top National Winner in Each Category

Prizes for Children with Special Needs

3 prizes of 7,000 each for children with special needs

3 prizes of 7,000 each for children from marginalized backgrounds


Each artist will receive a certificate upon submission.

Each teacher coordinating from their school will receive an appreciation certificate.

Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a special Certificate of Appreciation.

The Little Art will organize exhibitions of selected artworks in Lahore Karachi and Islamabad

Online Exhibition

All the artwork received will be exhibited on thepatang.com which is a safe and moderated social community for children & young for their creative expression.

Rules & Regulations

Size A3 (12’’x17’’)

4-18 years old

Any medium

Be original

Paint with your heart

Name your artwork

Know the deadline

Submit as required

  • 1Artwork should be made ONLY on the A3 size (12”x17”) sheets.
  • 2Entries with incomplete form will not be accepted.
  • 3Participants from the age of 5 to 18 years are eligible to participate.
  • 4Participants may enter up to two pieces of artwork. Only individual entries will be accepted.
  • 5 Any medium can be used.
  • 6Participants have to fill in the form attached and paste it on the back of the Art work as per instructions; Any Art work received without the tag would not be entertained.
  • 7The entries will be judged by TLA & a panel of judges, and their decision will be final.
  • 8All participants are expected to display good sportsman spirit and maintain courteous behavior towards other competitors and the organizers.
  • 9The organizers reserve the right to reject any applicant without furnishing an explanation.
  • 10All work should be original. Copied work, if caught, will be disqualified immediately. (References are allowed as an inspiration.)
  • 11 The copyright of all entries will rest with The Little Art. No artwork & entry fee will be returned.
  • 12By sending in your entry, you are agreeing to have your work reproduced/printed by The Little Art for the website, competition catalogue and other media.
  • 13All entries should be dropped off at the school office or mailed to The Little Art.
  • 14 The Little Art is not responsible if some works do not reach them, are not displayed on the website and other places and do not receive any award.
  • 15Submitted artworks will become the property of The Little Art, which can use, sell or exhibit it on its own discretion for non-profit and educational purposes.

Jury and Selection:

2012 Jury:

Fatima Hussain (Artist, Curator)

Zahra Hussain (a researcher in visual cultures)

Zamania Aslam (Painter)

Muddassar Aziz (Painter)

Our Jury of senior artists consistted of;

Mr. Shah Nawaz Zaida (Painter, Ex-Chairmain Dine Arts Department, Punjab University)

Mr. Ali Azmat (Painter, Lecurur NCA)

Mrs. Fatima Naqvi (EX-Chairperson, Fine Arts Department, LCWU)

Mr. R.M. Naeem(Painter)


2015 Jury:

Dr. Shahida Manzoor (Principal, College of Art and Design, Punjab University

R.M. Naeem. (Painter, Teacher, National College of Arts)

Sadaf Naeem (Painter and Lecturer, Kinnaird College),

Amina Ansari(Painter)

2013 Jury:

Mr. R.M. Naeem (Painter, Teacher, National College of Arts)

Ms. Ayesha Zulfiqar Sheikh (Sculpture, Teacher- NCA)

Ms Maryam Tahir(Designer)


2014 Jury:

R.M. Naeem.  (Painter, Teacher, National College of Arts)

RishamHosain Syed

Sadaf Naeem

Zamania Aslam

Shahzeb Ahmad


2016 Jury

R.M Naeem, Artist and Art Educator

Rabeya Jalil, Painter and Teacher BNU

Qudsia Rahim, Associate Professor NCA and Executive Director LBF

Ms. Sadaf Naeem, Visual Artist and Art Educator

Abdullah Qureshi , Painter and Curator

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