SDC Design competition 2016 has been held in Lahore, Pakistan on 3rd of September. They are doing it since 2008. This completion is being done in 18 countries around the world. It was the regional heat of Pakistan when selected five students participated in competition and two students of Craft and textile design department got 2nd and 3rd positions. Fizza Syed from BFA-3 got 2nd position while Syeda Maryam from BFA-3 got 3rd position. This project was being done under the valued supervision of Ms. Aisha Arshad Khan, Lecturer (C&TDD). The project of all participants was highly appreciated by judges.
On May 26th 2016 Three Memorandum of Understanding were signed between Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan and Hebei Normal University, China in the various fields of Art and Design.
One MOU was signed between the Department of Fine Arts, LCW, University and the School of Arts and Design, Hebei Normal University, China. The second was signed between the Department of Visual Arts, LCW, University and College of History and Culture, Hebei Normal University, China. The third was signed between the Department of Textile and Interior Design with Department of Clothing and Costume Design, Hebei Normal University, China.
King Edward Medical University arranged its 10th All Pak Arts & Photography Exhibition 2016 on 10th May, 2016 at their University. 34 students from the Institute of Visual Arts & Design participated in different categories of Art & Painting.
Names of the Students who were awarded with Medals for their outstanding performance:
1. Nayab Qasim student of Visual Arts BFA-II received Gold Medal in the category of Print Making.
2. Amina Fayyaz student of Visual Arts BFA-III received Gold Medal in the category of Sketching.
3. Mahnoor Munir student of Visual Arts BFA-II received Gold Medal in the category of Painting.
4. Rashna Raza student of Textile Design received Bronze Medal in the category of Drawing.
11th April – 22nd April 2016
The Screen Printing Workshop was organized at the Institute of Visual Arts & Design by Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar and Ms. Sidra Liaqat. For this purpose two facilitators, Mr. Asad Faruki and Mr. Tariq Hassan were invited as resource persons. It was a technique based workshop for the faculty and students to apply the oldest technique of printing to enhance their skills in image making, experimentation and exploration in this medium. In the ten days workshop from 11th April till 22nd April 2016, there were thirty participants including the students and faculty of Visual Arts. The workshop ended with a successful production of art works which will be exhibited soon at NHQ Gallery.
Faculty of Visual Arts Department, IVAD participated in the 30th Annual Exhibition of Art, 14th National Exhibition held at Alhamra Art Gallery. One of the faculty member named Ms. Maryam Baber working as a Lecturer and enrolled in PhD (Studio Practice) at the Institute of Visual Arts and Design has Received "Special award" (AAP Award for young contemporary artist)from Artist Association Punjab ,on the evening of 12th March, 2016.
Faculty Members and students of Visual Arts Department IVAD participated in the 30th Annual Exhibition of Artist Association, 14th National Show held at Alhamra Art Gallery on 24th February, 2016. Among all the art institutions of Punjab, the representation of Lahore College was very well appreciated by the Executive Members of Artist Association of Punjab.
List of the participating faculty members includes:
- Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar
- Dr. Mussarat Hassan
- Dr. Khalid Mehmood
- Dr. Masooma Abbas
- Dr. Samina Nasim
- Dr. Sadia Murtaza
- Ms. Aqsa Rehan
- Ms. Farah Khan
- Ms. Maryam Baber
- Ms. Rehana Salman
- Ms. Amber Munir
- Ms. Sobia Maqsood
- Ms. Sidra Liaqat
- Ms. Laiqa Mughal
- Ms. Aasma Majeed
List of the participating students includes:
- Hira Mubashar (MS Studio Practice)
- Sehar Afzal (MS Studio Practice)
- Iqra Faheem
- Ammarah Imran
- Syeda Rabia Sadiq (MS Studio Practice)
- Aneeqa Saeed (MS Studio Practice)
- Andleed Rana (MS Studio Practice)
Students of BFA-I received Excellence Award
Seemab Tariq student of BFA-I (Foundation Year) participated at the event See Lahore held at International Expo Centre Lahore in the month of January. She received excellence award for playing flute on the National Enthem.
Students of BFA-III received Special Award
20 Students of Institute of Visual Arts and Design from BFA-I and BFA-III participated in the Mural Painting Competition organized for celebrating Jashn-e-Baharan 2016 by PHA (Parks and Horticulture) at Jillani Park Lahore on 25th February, 2016. The title for the competition was “Lahore in Spring”. Two students named Khola Yousaf and Fatima Shehzad from BFA-III Visual Arts Department received Special Award along with shields and certificates.
Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University appreciated and encourages the students of Institute of Visual Arts & Design for their achievements in multiple art competitions held at different college for Lahore.
Seemab Tauqir (BFA I (Interior Design)):
Got 1st prize & shield in Hula Hooping (Inter College University competition held at Alhamra Open Air in Jashn-e-Baharan Festival on 5-7 February 2016.
Arooj Abid (BFA II (Visual Arts)):
Got 2nd prize in Boundary wall painting competition held at Children Library Complex in the month of January 2016.
Khola Yousaf (BFA III (Visual Arts)):
Got 3rd Prize in the painting competition held at Defence Degree College Lahore on 12th February 2016.
Lahore College for Women University, Jhang campus celebrated its 10 successful years on January 16th 2016. This campus was founded by Ex Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Bushra Mateen and Ex- Governor Gen (Rd) Khalid Maqbool in 2005 only with two disciplines of Craft & Textile Design and MA-English. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Uzma Qureshi was invited as the chief guest to inaugurate the function. Principals of different colleges like Punjab College, Chenab College, Ghazali College, Girls H/S Bagh School, Vocational Institute Satellite town and GC Jhang also attended the function. Heads of concerned departments (LCWU, Lahore Campus) also attended the function along with other dignitaries.
This function was hosted by Ms. Haleema Iqbal, Director Administration LCWU, Jhang Campus and was organized by Ms. Rimza Sikandar (Assistant professor) C&TD Department and Ms. Mona Khurshid Goraya (Incharge Student Council).
The theme of Heer and Ranjha was adapted to welcome the guests. Ms. Shabnam Majeed and Ms. Aisha Arshad Khan (C&TD Department) carried out the comparing of the function. Students performed different items like Mime, folk dance, humorous poetry, skit on women empowerment, Sufi performance on Kalam Bullay Shah and different songs were also sung by students to celebrate the occasion.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Uzma Qureshi closed the function with her address and appreciated the efforts of the faculty and students.
Dr. Tehniyat Majeed is an Alumni of Lahore College for Women University and an active art historian.
Dr. Tehniyat Majeed completed her Ph.D dissertation on square Kufic calligraphy at St. Hughis College, University of Oxford in 2006. Her dissertation is so far is the most comprehensive scholarly work on the subject and has advanced research on this topic.
Recently she has joined Lahore museum and has supervised the internship course initiated by Lahore Museum for the students of Museum studies, where She facilitates the students to learn about art activities and restoration regarding Museum studies.
Students of Visual Arts Department, Institute of Visual Arts & Design
i) Sammara Shahid (BFA-III)
ii) Labana (BFA-III)
iii) Joveria Hamid (BFA-III)
iv) Shaeera Haider (MS Art History)
v) Samreen Fatima (MS Art History)
Also joined the workshop and successfully completed their Internship course work program. Which is itself a unique contribution by the students of Fine Arts towards Women empowerment program under the supervision of Dr. Tehniyat Majeed. Student of Institute of Visual Arts & Design received professional training about museum studies.
We hope Dr. Tehniyat Majeed will colloborate Lahore College for Women University, Lahore in future, with all the specialty and guide the new students of Lahore College for Women University, Lahore.
A group show Glimpses from the contemporary art in Pakistan On 4th December 2015 At NHQ Gallery IVAD Lahore College for Women University Lahore.
This show refers to the contemporary art made and produced by 7 practicing artists living in Lahore and Students of MS Fine Arts Session 2014-16 of Lahore College for Women University Lahore. Their work is a response to a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically advancing, and multifaceted. Working in a wide range of mediums, these contemporary artists reflect and comment on modern-day society. This exhibition includes paintings, mixed media and 3D installations.
A seminar on the development of contemporary Pakistani art is also included in the program.
1. Dr. Sadia Murtaza
2. Noreen Akhter
3. Ijaz ul Hassan
4. Rahim Baloch
5. Irfan Hassan
6. Aakif Suri
7. Ahsan Naqvi
8. Haider Ali
1. Maryam Javaid
2. Saher Afzal
3. Sadia Zaka
4. Sania Asim
5. Hira Mubashar
6. Azka Naeem
7. Syeda Rabya Sadiq
Fountain House, Lahore organized its 2ND ANNUAL CALLIGRAPHY ART COMPETITION 2015 on Tuesday 10th November. The Fountain House executive, Staff and members (patients) also Participated in this art event and hosted for about 150 students of different schools and universities. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and consolation prizes for each category were awarded to the winner students. Students of BFA-III and BFA-IV from the Institute of Visual Arts and Design Lahore College for Women University also participated in the competition. Among them, Samara Shahid student of BFA IV Calligraphy (Major) IVAD, LCWU was awarded with the consolation prize.
To be the part of this event was a different experience for Visual Art students because it was also an interactive and observatory session to understand the art works of the members (patients) of this organization that is working for the rehabilitation of the mentally retarded patients. Significantly this event provided a chance to the Visual Art students to gather some information about the Art Therapy, its impacts on the lives of these patients and how creative sense dynamically could be productive in the process of rehabilitation. ‘Art as Therapeutic Force’ could be fruitful for the research projects of students as well as will be helpful to broaden their knowledge to study another dimension of art…
Dr. shahayar Talukdar is a renowned artist and art historian from Bangladesh. He joined IVAD for 4 months (August to November 2015) under HEC foreign faculty hiring program. He was engaged in giving instructions to MS students about the research methodology during his interim. He also became a resource person for a painting workshop during this period. His visit ended with a successful solo exhibition entitles as “Sound of the creative elements” on 4th November 2015 followed by a series of Lectures. Lectures were scheduled from 4th, 5th, 6th of November 2015 in the department of Visual Arts IVAD LCWU. Following is the details of lectures.
a.Dawn of the art of Indo-Pak and Bangladesh (Sub-continent)
b.Bangladeshi Art: Artists and their Contribution
4th November 2015
Eco of monumental Art: Values and importance of the embellishment of Architectural Ornamentation: its origin, antiquity and other factors.
5th November 2015
Sound of Soil: Mother-goddesses, Small Deities, and Pottery in Terracotta Media: Origin, antiquity and other Factors.
6th November 2015
An Art Exhibition and Degree Show was held on 6th October 2015 at Jhang Campus, Lahore College for Women University. It was arranged by the students of BFA (Craft and Textile Design) from Jhang Campus. Respectable Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Uzma Qureshi inaugurated the show in the presence of Director Administration Mrs. Haleema Iqbal, the Incharge Faculty Institute of Visual Arts and Design/Head of Visual Arts Department Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar, other faculty members and students.
Vice Chancellor appreciated the work especially the project of final year. Her comments for the thesis work were very encouraging. She presented her remarks and considered the work touching the professional criteria. She was of the view that the students’ work is meeting international standards. She encouraged all the students that the exhibition will travel to other cities in Pakistan and outside too.
All students and faculty of Crafts and Textile Department Jhang campus were excited on her visit and ensured her to work more hard in future and also showed their interest to move their exhibition to NHQ Gallery at Institute of Visual Arts and Design, Lahore Campus, so all faculty members and staff at Lahore Campus may enjoy this Thesis Show, as well.
Lahore Grammar School Senior JT Boys campus organized an art competition entitled Artography ’15 on 18th and 19th September 2015 in which all students of different art institutions were invited. Five students of intermediate Fine Arts from Lahore College for Women University participated in the competition in different categories. Names of the participating students are mentioned below:
1. Amna tariq (still life)
2. Arshama (still life)
3. Alina Khakid (still life)
4. Mariryam Qazi (Replica)
5. Momina Rehman (Poster Making)
Arshama Bashir got first position in the category of still life painting.
I am pleased to inform to the competent authorities of LCWU at Lahore Campus and Jhang Campus, its faculty and students about the successful completion of a “Ceramic Workshop” at Crafts and Textile Department, Jhang Campus Lahore. It was organized by Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar, Incharge of Faculty, Institute of Visual Arts and Design LCWU. Initially, it was planned to make the ceramic equipment operational (which was lying for the last two years un-operated). Besides, this workshop was meant for faculty development and to uplift and enhance the ability of students in Ceramics. In the ten days workshop from 26th August till 4th September, twenty students and all faculty from Crafts and Textile Department, Jhang Campus participated. Two skilled person from Ceramics Department, IVAD, (Mr. Naveed Ahmed and Mr. Attique) full heartedly taught the ceramic techniques to the participants i.e., shaping up clay pots, their embellishments, glazing and coloring of clay tiles etc.
Mr. Naveed successfully made all the ceramic lab equipment functional. Special thanks to the Vice Chancellor for providing the grant of 40,000 rupees and for her support in facilitating the Crafts and Textile Department and Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar for providing great opportunity to learn the valuable techniques of ceramics with the help of skilled person from Ceramics Department, IVAD. After this successful workshop, Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar has decided to display an Exhibition at NHQ Gallery, IVAD for the promotion of faculty and students of Crafts and Textile Department, Jhang Campus in October 2015.
Faculty of Institute of Visual Arts and Design LCWU enthusiastically participated in the show titled as “MASSACRE OF INNOCENTS” at Pakistan National Council of the Arts under Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Government of Pakistan, on 17th May 2015. The show was followed up by a Seminar and an open house discourse by artists, writers and intellectuals. Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar presented a paper in the seminar. She enlightened the soft image of Pakistan and the role of artists, in such a crucial period. There is a variety of medium and scale presented by the seventeen faculty members of IVAD, LCWU who jointly raised their voice against terrorism and solidarity for the massacred children of Peshawar Army Public school. Fine Arts Faculty shared their aims to bring enhancement to Fine Arts Society through such art activities. The idea was initially conceived by Prof. Dr. Musarrat Hasan, an executive member of Artist Association of Punjab, and taken up as a joint venture by the Fine Arts Society. This project organized by SHAKIR ALI MUSEUM in collaboration with Artist Association of Punjab.
Participants for show are as follows:
1. Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar Faculty Incharge Institute of Design and Visual Art, HOD Dept of Visual Art. Research Scholar, Artist.
2. Dr. Samina Naseem, HOD Textile and Interior Design, Reasearch Scholar,Artist.
3. Dr. Sadia Murtaza, Research Scholar.
4. Ghazala Anjum Shirazi, Assistant Professor, PhD Scholar, Artist
5. Nighat Mahboob Associate Professor Artist.
6. Prof. Zammurad Safdar
7. Aisha Saddiqa Assistant Professor, PhD. Scholar, Graphic Designer
8. Aasma Majeed, Assistant Professor, PhD Scholar, Artist.
9. Amber Muneer, PhD Scholar, Artist.
10. Aqsa Rehan, Assistant Professor, Artist.
11. Farah Khan, (2 Gold models) Assistant Professor, PhD Scholar.
12. Rabia Yaseen, Assistant Professor, PhD Scholar, Visual Artists
13. Rehana Salman, Lecturer Artist.
14. Arfan Javed Augistin Lecturer, visual artist
15. Mr. Jameel Hussain, Ceramist & Art Director Leo Plus Communication
16. Sehar Afzal MS Part (I) Studio Practice
17. Maryam Baber, Lecturer, PhD Scholar, Visual Arts Practitioner,
18. Sidra Liaqat, Lecturer, Visual Art Practitioner
The Institute of Visual Arts and Design LCWU arranged an Exhibition followed by a one week Workshop of Ceramics under the title “Aesthetics and Clay” at the Ceramics Section of the Visual Arts Department. The Exhibition was inaugrated by the respectable Vice Chancellor of LCWU Professor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor at the NHQ Gallery, IVAD on 5th December, 2014. The art works displayed at the show were representative of different concepts and ideas, all speaks about diversified flavors of aesthetic dimension. More than 100 artworks were show cased, all were executed in different techniques including terracotta, white clay, and naqashi etc.
Three institutions participated in the exhibition of one week ceramic workshop i.e., Naqsh School of Arts, IVAD LCWU and Himayat-e-Islam College. The Vice Chancellor was exteremely contented to see the Institute growing day by day and encouraged the efforts of the Incharge Faculty Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar along with the faculty members. Press and Print media documented the whole show and the exhibition received positive feed back from the audience.
Looking at the history of the Institute of Visual Arts and Design one can easily review the evolution of this Institute for Women Empowerment. IVAD has provided a strong platform for female Visual Practitioners, all the students including faculty are growing day by day with excessive amount of dedication and commitment towards their goals. An exhibition of Paintings entitled “A Discourse with Nature” by Dr. Sadia Murtaza at Hamail Art Gallery on 4th December, 2014 continue the same string of achievements by IVAD. Dr. Sadia Murtaza is currently working as Assistant Professor and Coordinator MS Program (Studio Practice and Art History) at IVAD. The Exhibition was inaugrated by respectable Vice Chacellor of LCWU, Professor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor.
In reference to her exhibition she is of the view that:
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels
The exhibition showcased Landscape Paintings and according to her “These coloful landscapes are a mirror, refreshing, intense, message of love and the most beautiful relathionship of man with nature. The magic of these vistas emerge when, after viewing them, one feels happy. Moreover I feel that I am an intimate of nature, flowers carry on dialoques with me through the graceful bending of their stems and harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower in my paintings has a cordial word which nature directs towards me”.
Viewing the exhibits at the gallery space, Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor appreciates the achievements by the faculty members of IVAD. She was of the view that a teacher being a role moral guides her students to follow her foot steps and it is encouraging how this sense of empowerment has been trasferred to the students in a creative way. The viewers of the show also appreciated the artworks done by the artist, press and media all documented the whole show.
An exclusive lecture on “Intellectual Property Rights: Design and copyrights protection of artistic creations”was arranged by ORIC office in the Institute of Visual Arts and Design on 3rd December, 2014. The keynote speaker was Mr. Saad Nasurrullah, advocate high court and IP expert. The speaker delivered his lecture with references for the better understanding of the Students. Students of BFA and MFA Graphic Design attended the lecture along with faculty members.
Lahore College for Women University arranged Fall Festival in collaboration with UN Women and Benazir Bhutto Chair on 25th November, 2014. Institute of Visual Arts and Design arranged a display stall of Ceramics, Art items, Paintings , Textile Design accessories and Photography for Portrait Shoot. The Festival was inaugrated by Begum Governor of Punjab who along with Vice Chancellor Professor. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor visited the IVAD display and fully appreciated students effort.
Lahore College for Women University also arranged Panel Discussion on “Violence Against Women”. Members of panel discussion were Shaheen Atiq-ur-Rehman, Baela Jamil, Mira Phailbus, Dr.Nasira Javed Iqbal, Fauzia Tariq from UN Women and Sara Shahid. All the speakers conveyed their meaningful message in expressive ways.
For the event, Institute of Visual Arts and Design initiated a one week poster competition on the theme “Stop Women Harassment”. The students of BFA Visual Arts and Graphic Design participated in this competition. Around seventy posters and paintings were on display at the venue of the panel discussion.
Solo Exhibition “Talaash-e-khudi” by Farah Khan at Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad from 13th-23rd November, 2014.
In the year 2013, Research Centre of Institute of Design and Visual Arts, LCWU introduced a new discipline of Studio Practice in the professional studies of Ph.D Fine Arts. Three students got enrollment in this program, this was the right initiative for the professional grooming of female artists. Fortunately all of them were the faculty members of Visual Arts Department, LCWU. Studio Practice requires jury based professional practice, throughout the last one year students were supposed to give jury of their work after every two months. A number of experts were invited to judge the conceptual understanding and the skill of the students in the manuplation of their ideas. After all this hard core exercise, students are supposed to exhibit their work at any public gallery for solo show.
In continuation of this requirement set by the research centre, one Ph.D (studio practice) student and faculty member Farah Khan did her solo show entitled “Talaash-e-Khudi” at Nomad Art Gallery Islamabad on 13th November, 2014. H.E Rodolfo M. Saravia, Ambassador of Argentina - Dean of the Diplomatic Corps inaugrated the show. The artist explained her conceptual quest to unveil the true identity she is associated with. According to her “Deciphering ones own identity in the contemporary scenerio is not an easy phenomena, indegenous philosophies and traditions keeps a nation alive but how far this approach is prevalent in Pakistani scene today”. She is trying to incorporate the religious and cultural identity with its social-political ties through her modern visual vocabulary. The show received marvelous response from the audience and art practitioners. Print and electronic media all documented the whole event. The Incharge faculty and HOD Visual Arts Department Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar, hope that the students of Ph.D “Studio Practice” will continue such activities in the future with the same spirit and enthusiasm.
Participation of Visual Arts students in Calligraphy competition at Fountain House.
Fountain House Lahore organized a calligraphy competition, in which they invited art students from all well-known institutions of Lahore. Five students of BFA-III and BFA-IV from Visual Arts Department participated in the competition. Muzzuin Iftikhar, a student of BFA-IV received First prize and a sheild for her outstanding performance in the competition.
The Institute of Visual Arts and Design, LCWU arranged a Degree Show of Professional Degree Program (BFA Visual Arts) at Alhamra Art Gallery. The Show was titled as “Avant-Garde”, around forty six students from LCWU and affiliated colleges Govt. College for Women Gulberg and Post-Graduate College for Women, Samanabad participated in the show. The show was inaugrated by the respectable Vice Chancellor of LCWU, Dr. Sabiha Mansoor on the 22nd October, 2014. The prestigious Institute of Visual Arts and Design fosters to provide a platform to the upcoming enthusiastic female artists and focus keenly on female empowerment through artistic activities.
The Title of the show “Avant-Garde” refers to artworks that are experimental and modern. The art works displayed at the degree show by a group of young emerging female artists, attempted to challenge the imaginative status quo, claiming the untried and novel intellectual and artistic avenues and methods of production. The students of degree show inspired by the artistic, philosophical, and psychological mind sets produced a variety of diversified artworks with contemporary approach. Their versatility and scholarly exploration leads to myriad artistic dimensions. The works on display incorporate artists’ experience of personal and philosophical queries, aesthetic constructions and social connotations. Dialectical understanding of art that includes diversity of concepts and visual vocabulary is predominant feature.
“Avant-Garde” comprised of artworks in the form of 2-D and 3-D, Digital Works, Video Art and Installations. The thesis advisors of the students, supervised the art activity of the degree show and brainstormed their work through various levels of visual understanding and symbolical transformation of their images. The Incharge faculty Institute of Visual Arts and Design, Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar strongly announced that these young enthusiasts truthfully tried to mark their entry in the world of contemporary art and wish them affluence in skill and talent for now and forever.
The show received positive and encouraging feedback from the artistic community. Print and electronic media documented the whole show. The students of degree show have high hopes for continuing their professional career with the infusion of creative approach.
The Institute of Visual Arts and Design organized a lecture on Anthropology by Dr. David Gow on 24th September 2014. Dr. David Gow is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University. Through an exchange program he is currently working as a visiting faculty at the Women Institute of Leadership and Learning in the department of gender and development studies. Department of Gender and Development Studies has three years partnership with George Washington University USA. Under this partnership Professors of George Washington University are imparting training to LCWU students and faculty.
On the special request of the Incharge faculty Institute of Visual Arts and Design, Dr. David Gow delivered a lecture on anthropology to the students of IVAD. The prime focus of the lecture was to impart basic knowledge relating to anthropology and ethnography. For the better understanding of the students Dr. David Gow presented some of the case histories and discussed his experience of research work he has done so far. He also discussed the comparative analysis of different culture mainly Scotland, Canada, USA and Pakistan. Followed by the lecture was a question answer session. The students were conscious to know about the main factor involved in the change of human behaviors and psyche, some were eye-opening questions which were discussed with references by Dr. David.
The Incharge faculty strongly feels that this was the first step towards bridging the missing gaps which will help in strengthening International relationships. Discussions based on inter disciplinary subjects are among the demands of modern world, all disciplines actively contribute to the stability of the nation. Since International, multinational job market is approaching close to doorsteps, we as the citizens of developing part of the World used to adopt a new approach towards the new education trends and curriculum, in this scenerio these kind of activities are highly appreciated.
Under the patronage of Dr. Sabiha Mansoor Vice Chancellor LCWU, Institute of Design and visual Arts LCWU organized a National level Art Exhibition at NHQ Gallery, inaugurated by Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz. More than twenty seven artists participated in the show. The exhibition of National Day celebration showcased the thematic visuals produced by the art practitioners. First wall the gallery was dedicated to the “Migration Series” in the graphic form; second wall connected with the “age of cultural identity”, third “Monuments of a nation”, forth wall “dawn of liberty” and the last wall named as “Me-hun-Pakistan”. The exhibition includes one of the paintings of pioneering figure of Pakistani art who was the founder of Fine Arts Department LCWU, Late Naseem Hafeez Qazi. This exhibition has also showcased the work of well-known national artists, Dr.Khalid Mahmood, Asad Farooqi, Jamil Hussain.
Besides these renowned Pakistani artists, faculty from the Institute of Design and Visual Arts has also participated to convey the message of peace to the masses. The list of participants includes Faculty Incharge and Head of the Fine Arts Department Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar, Academic Advisor Prof. Zammurad Safdar, HOD Interior and Textile Design Dr. Samina Naseem, Dr. Masooma Abbas, Ghazala Shirazi, Dr. Sadia Murtaza, Farah Khan, Aasma Majeed, Arfan Javed-Augustine, Maryam Baber, Shiblee Munir, Noureen Rasheed, Rabia Yaseen, Amber Munir, Sidra Liaqat, Javeria Khadim, Sameeha Qadeer, Sohaib Hassan, Sohail Ahmed, Aisha Saddiqa, Kabir Talib. Besides the artworks of faculty of Institute of Design and Visual Arts, artworks of Sadia Raja, Ayesha Farzand, and Nadia Yaseen are on display. The show aims to pay a tribute to our beloved homeland i.e. Pakistan, and to encourage our young generation for preserving its prestige and glory.
“International Art Exhibition” 2014 has organized by the Institute of Visual Arts and Design, LCWU
The Institute of Design and Visual Art in collaboration with DFDI arranged a workshop entitled “Drawing through Charcoals” by a Bangladeshi Artist Jahangir Hussain, followed by a series of lectures based on “Bengal Art Movement” by the former principal of NCA Ms. Nazish Atta Ullah on 26th of June. The lectures delivered by the resource person were very informative for the students of Art and increased their knowledge regarding South Asian Art. At the end of the whole activity the Institute arranged an International Art Exhibition at NHQ Gallery, Institute of Design and Visual Arts, LCWU on 27th June, 2014. The exhibition received a good response and opened new avenues for the artist community.
The Institute of Design and Visual Arts, Lahore College for Women University is playing a vital role for the enhancement of professional grooming of young emerging artists. The Institute shares glorious history of academic excellence since many years. Our prime goal is to empower female artists, academicians, and to foster collaboration with the national and international art community. We believe that getting closer, sharing ideas and working together is the need of the hour in the current Pakistani Art scene.
Presently there are only two residencies offered in Pakistan; one is “VASL” in Karachi, and the other one is R.M. Residency in Lahore, ever since the existence of Pakistan.
We believe we should have more residency programs and platforms for the artists, to bring the artist community under one roof for sharing new dimensions in art. It can help in bridging the gaps and we should try to establish such an environment for studio practitioners which could be a fruitful forum where one can investigate, research and explore. Art institutions can play a vibrant role for the fulfillment of such initiatives. In continuation of this quest we organized an artist residency entitled “Passion for Freedom” at our Institute of Design and Visual Arts. This residency has been to be the first initiative taken by any art institution in Lahore. It is the right time to set a forum for artist residency program for the upcoming, mid-career and senior artists. The Vice Chancellor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor and the Faculty In-charge Dr. Rifaat Saif Dar have both agreed to take initiatives for bringing the artists together under one roof. For bridging the gaps between different institutions this initiation proves to be a revolutionary stance taken by the IVAD. A distinguished artist Asad Faruki, and a well-known miniaturist Waseem Ahmed and Arfan Javed -Augustine were the facilitators of the Residency Program.
Twenty four artists participated in ten days Artist Residency and had interactive sessions with the renowned practicing artists and professionals like Dr. Mussarat Hassan, Prof. Saeed Akhtar, Dr. Rahat Naveed Masud, R.M Naeem, Quddus Mirza, and Dr. Sumera Jawad. All these living legends shared their life time experiences with the participants to give them an insight about the art world. The changing trends in the art scene, exploration and investigation were discussed. A number of questions from the participants regarding art practice were answered by these professionals with authentic references.
The artists work is displayed magnificently in the NHQ Gallery at IVAD. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, a large number of artists, designers and academicians visited the exhibition and highly appreciated the marvelous work. The exhibition continued till 11th June 2014. The Institute believes it was the beginning of a new chapter of collaboration which will open new doors for exploration.