The National College of Arts (NCA) witnessed a jubilant celebration as the fifteenth ArtBeat exhibition opened its doors, honoring the exceptional artistic achievements of children from different parts of Pakistan.
The exhibition was opened by National College of Arts (NCA) Head of Studies Prof Sarwat Ali and Head of Department of Architecture Khalid Ibrahim. Assistant Professor from COMSATS University’s Department of Art and Design Zamania Aslam, visual artist and ArtSoch Gallery founder Mariam Hanif and Award winning photographer and visual story teller Aun Raza were guests of honor of the award ceremony.
A curated display of over 234 artworks on the themes of autumn, winter, landscape, colors and abstract were showcased at the Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery. This year, 234 schools and 45 community organizations have participated in the ArtBeat. The jury of this year’s ArtBeat consisted of sculptor and artist Abdul Jabbar Gull from Karachi), Artist Irfan Gul Dahri from Lahore, Shireen Bano Rizvi from the Department of Visual Arts of the National College of Arts, Ali Azmat from the College of Art and Design of the University of the Punjab, Nukta Studio Director Sajjad Akram; Kiran Saleem from the Department of Fine Arts of the National College of Arts, and visual artist Najia Azmat.
Awards distributed at the ceremony included 51 cash prize winners across five age groups, showcasing their exceptional artistic prowess; Creative School Award and the Teacher’s Award of Excellence for Art Teachers, accompanied by appreciation certificates for activity coordinators; Embracing inclusivity by awarding six national prizes to children with special needs, highlighting the platform’s dedication to honoring talent in diverse forms.
Tokens of encouragement included gold, silver, and bronze medals for young artists, each reflecting their dedication and unique expression. The top three winners received tablets alongside trophies, while other prizes encompassed cash rewards, medals, and trophies, commemorating outstanding achievements in the realm of art. Project Manager Awais Shafique said that this project underscores significance of cultivating artistry, allowing each stroke of a paintbrush or creative impulse to weave stories, evoke emotions, and ignite societal discourse.
ArtBeat was initiated in 2012 with a vision to promote visual culture, understanding of issues among children and youth from their own perspective, celebrate children as artists and present children’s views as a point of discourse for adults and the community. In the past 12 years, the project manager said that nearly 120,000 children have participated as artists in ArtBeat.