AIOU arranges paintings exhibition

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 6 (APP): Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Wednesday arranged first-ever a three-day art and photographic exhibition at its main campus to showcase the best creative work by the University’s artists.

It was inaugurated by the renowned literary figure and Chairman Pakistan Television, Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi, who highly appreciated the artists’ talents.

Over 80 pieces of paintings and photographs were put on display.

Principal National College of Arts Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafari who was also present on the occasion praised the role AIOU in cultural field and assured his support for launching Fine arts’ programs Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Sidiqui said the exhibition was aimed at identifying, recognizing and celebrating the caliber and talents of the University’s artists.

It was also an attempt to promote and encourage new trends and developments in the field of art and culture.

Such an event will be a regular future and the University will hold a larger exhibition next year, he added.

He hoped this will also be a source of encouragement for the young artists.

Besides the University’s staff, art-lovers and students of fine-art from various institutions witnessed the artistic work which also included calligraphy inscribed with Quranic verses.

Dr. Shahid Siddqui further said that they are in negotiation with NCA for its cooperation to start Fine arts’ classes and other necessary programs.

This will add diversity to their existing academic programs, making the AIOU a high-profile learning institution.

He lauded the creative work of the artists, hoping they will keep it up for achieving excellence in the relevant field.

The artists whose work was put on display included Ijaz Ahmed, Faisal Azeem, Nasira Aqeel, Rabia Mukhtar, Khalid Javed Yousufi, Muhammad Shoaib, Mohsin Kazmi, Sadia Rahat Saeed and Shahnam Irshad Ahmed.

Director Institute of Education Technology Mukhtar Ahmed Talpur and chief designer Ijaz Ahmed gave an introduction of the exhibition and said they will provide all possible support to young designers and artists as per the vision of the Vice Chancellor.