LAHORE - Pakistan’s largest art competition for children and young people tilted 5th season of ArtBeat – National Child Art Competitions and Exhibitions by The Little Art (TLA) with theme of ‘My Teacher-My Hero’ for children aged 4 to 18 kicked off yesterday at Lahore Arts Council (Alhamra).

Noor Fatima, student of grade III at Ghani Foundation School told The Nation that she made paintings of her class teacher Miss Bakhtavar and ‘enjoyed a lot as it was totally fun and a bit of passion for me also as I want to be a painter. Another student, Ayan Farooq, student of grade II said that she made painting of her class teacher Miss Rabia.  

Art critic and Professor National College of Arts Qudus Mirza inaugurated the exhibition. The selected winners from the competition were awarded cash prizes worth Rs. 1,00,000 and certificates at the opening event. A curated show of nearly 176 artworks was presented at the exhibition at the gallery in Sir Syed Memorial Society Auditorium in Islamabad and the show will be open to public till 6th May 2016

Quddus Mirza said “For many years we had been observing that people have been facing a downfall in aspects of economy, political situation and social life in general. But today after entering the gallery and seeing such fresh perspectives of children about the world and about their heroes, it felt like fresh air blown back into my life. I am overwhelmed by the work the children have presented here and I would like to commend The Little Art in putting up and curating a fantastic show” 

The competition announced the season as “My Teacher – My Hero” invited children to visualize in portraits the teachers that have inspired them the most. Artworks from more than 220 schools were submitted in response to the call by children and youth from all over Pakistan to serve an artistic tribute to our teachers.

On the occasion, RM Naeem visual artist and educator, Bin Qalandar, Pakistani calligraphy artist, Rabeya Jalil, visual artist, art educator and Asst professor at BNU, Asad Hayee, art educator and curator of Rohtas Gallery and Zahid Mayo, known Pakistani painter were present.

The ceremony also screened a showreel of the highlights of the previous season of ArtBeat, with experiences from the competition and workshops shared by the students and jury members.  

Some of schools that had been selected for prizes and exhibits included Army Public School Azam Garrison, Rising Stars Elementary school, Ghani Grammar School, Bloomfield hall School Gujrat, Fatima Fertilizer School Sadiqabad, FFC Grammar H/S Sadiqabad, Garrison Academy For Girls Lahore Cantt, Ghani Grammar School Shahdra, International School Of Chouifat Lahore, Kips School Gilrs Campus Johar Town Lahore, LACAS Girls Branch Johar Town Lahore and many others.

RM Naeem said “The future of art seems very bright today because of these young artists as well as their teachers who put in so much effort each year to help their children express themselves and guide them in presenting their views to the world”, he said. 

Sahar Uzair Ahma manager programs TLA told The Nation the response was very encouraging and children’s enjoyed the workshop held at Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Artworks form will be exhibited in exhibition included Lahore, Sheikhpura, Okara, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan and Sadiqabad.