LAHORE - A five-day Art for Peace exhibition was inaugurated at the Alhamra Art Gallery on The Mall on Thursday, featuring paintings on the theme of peace, interfaith harmony and tolerance by students of various schools and colleges.

The 100 works on display were produced by students as part of a painting competition organised by The Media Foundation in collaboration with UmeedJawan for students in two categories – senior category for college and university students while the junior category was for school students.

Imtiaz Rehman, Director Programs of The Media Foundation informed that the competition was held in two categories and was open to students of schools and colleges from Lahore. The medium of the art was paintings and the school students were provided with art material for the tasks.

More than 200 submissions were made in the junior category while 130 were received for the senior category, including submission from student of prestigious educational institutions such as National College of Arts, Beaconhouse University, Kinnaird College University, Home Economic College University, Punjab University and others.

The first prize of laptop computer for senior category was won by Hajra Amar of Kinnaird College, Zainab Khalid of Home Economics College secured the second prize of a tablet while Basira Mehmood of University of Punjab won the third prize of a tablet. In the junior category Alisha Munir of The City School Shalimar Campus won the first prize of cash voucher worth RS 15,000 for art material, Muhammad Suhban of The City School Peco Road Campus won cash voucher worth Rs10,000 for second position with and Ahmed Arshad of Hamza Foundation won cash voucher worth Rs5,000 for the third position.

The Media Foundation Chairperson Prof Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi said that such activities help in making children responsible citizens and the skills they learn today will go a long way in strengthening their creativity skills.

Executive Director UmeedJawan Abdul Saboor appreciated the children for their creativity and termed the event a milestone in the collective struggle to promote peace and harmony in the society.

In the end the winning students were awarded the prizes by Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi and Abdul Saboor. The exhibition will continue until March 23 and will be open for public during 9am to 5pm daily.