Shakir Ali Museum is the family home of famous painter Shakir Ali. The museum was inaugurated in 1975 after the death of famous artist. Since then the place works as a platform in promotion of art and culture.
Recently museum started an Artist Practice Program which provides a space to budding artists for work and discussion. This activity is a good initiative as it provides different background people to sit together and bring out new ideas. These initiatives are not a work of one person; a whole team support is required. Two people should be mentioned, without whom this couldn’t have been possible, Mr. Jamal Shah, DG PNCA and Amna Ismail Pataudi, Director/ Visual Arts Division.
Artist Practice Program had currently done two sessions and the selection of third session is done. First session started form 1st April, 2017 in which fifteen amazing emerging artists from all over the Pakistan were short listed. Artists are selected via open call for all art graduates but only fifteen are selected. The session is for almost 3 months in which artists come daily for four to five hours to produce their art work.
Artists from session one include Zakia Abbas, Fozia Abbas. Ruqiya Haq, Tahir Zaman, M.Sibghat Ullah, Maheen Niazi, Maham Mahboob, Anum Ilyas, Syeda Iffat, Noor u lain, Amna Rahim and Neha Ashraf.
During the first session brilliant art works were produced and were exhibited at Unicorn Art Gallery in a show titled “THE NEXT BIG THING” which was inaugurated by Mian Ijaz Ul Hassan. The successful first session led to another which started from 4th July with 15 brilliant Artists.
Providing a space is not the only thing which Shakir Ali Museum has done but has also arranged critique sessions every week with talented artists including Risham Hussain Syed, R. M Naeem, Quddus Mirza, Amna Ismail Pataudi, Atif Khan, Ali Kazim, Ifran Gul and many others. These artists were divided into groups for critique sessions.
“Atif Khan encouraged artists by giving lots of thought provoking ideas. Ali Kazim shared some inspiring documentaries. Risham Hussain Syed, Quddus Mirza and R.M Naeem enlightened each artist with so many possibilities of observing and developing their own art practice, suggested art books and art literature too. They exchanged their ideas with artists, which helped artists to excel their work both technically and conceptually. Irfan Gull's artist talk was so inspirational and encouraging for artists.
We become artists when we start finding excuses to create art Hira Siddiqui.
In 1st week of APP (session 3) a request has been made to artists to contribute at least one work for the Show that creatively responds to the terrible events that are being perpetrated by the criminal Government, State and group of Buddhist monks in Burma.