LAHORE -  An art exhibition titled Safar-The Journey celebrating three decades of Nomad Arts Gallery kicked off at Alhamra Arts Gallery Wednesday.

Eighty-nine paintings by 45 artists of different genres were put on display. The artists whose work was showcased in the gallery was Abrar, Ahmed, Ayesha Siddiqui, Asif Ahmad, Akram Dost Baloch, Ahmad Habib, Anjum Ayub, Asad ur Rehman, Jamil Baloch, Komal Shahid, MA Bhatti, Meher Afroz, Masood A Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi and many more.

Politician and former diplomat Syeda Abida Hussain inaugurated the exhibition along with Kamran Lashari and Atta Muhammad Khan.

Syeda Abida Hussain said, “I have been associated with Nomad arts gallery for a long time. The artworks of this gallery have always fascinated me. With a deep passion for promoting the rich cultural heritage of the region, and at the same time, concerned with the dismal state of human and Women rights, Nageen has worked hard to promote the artist community in Islamabad and other provinces,” she said.

Founder Nomad Art Gallery Nageen Hyat said, “Since its inception in 1984, Nomad works to address social issues in the empowerment of Women and Youth.  It is a voluntary platform involved with humanitarian work, art & craft workshops, film screenings, cultural trips, talks and seminars, and offers to promote creative persons, fledgling artists, poets and writers,” she said.

Walled City Lahore Director General Kamran Lashari said, “Painting is a strong medium to portray your message to the audience. Nomad gallery through their exhibitions has contributed a lot to highlight issues of society which are often neglected,” he said.

Artist Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi showcased traditional street culture of Walled City and panoramic view of its buildings, rural landscape and village life. Lights were focused in painting to cast shadows and define contours in a pleasant way.