Auction of Pak Artists’ Work In Dubai

Auction to support WFP

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 22, 2013

Dubai: Art admirers and collectors in the UAE will soon get an opportunity to fetch artworks and be part of a fundraising initiative for the World Food Programme (WFP) activities in Pakistan.
The artwork donated by artists and private collectors will be put on display for two days at Majlis Al Salam, Mina Al Salam Hotel, Dubai on April 30 and May 1 from 10am to 7pm.
The auction will take place at the same venue at 7.30pm.Jamil-Auctioin
The artworks and paintings to be available at the auction have been made by contemporary artists as well as masters like Sadequain, Gulgee, Shakir Ali and others whose work has dominated the art scene in Pakistan and abroad for a long time.
The initiative has been taken by two prominent Pakistanis known for their philanthropic work in the country.
Irfan Mustafa and Abdul Rehman Mir are working with multinational firms and have gained respect among the overseas community through social work and a wide range of initiatives to help different segments of the community in Pakistan as well as overseas.
In an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today, the duo shared their views on efforts to promote the country’s artists and their work to raise funds.
“The WFP has been working extensively in different parts of Pakistan. To promote Pakistani contemporary artists and their work, we decided to hold this auction event in Dubai on May 1,” Mustafa said.
Mustafa and Mir are also avid art collectors of masterpieces by various top names in Pakistan, India and other countries.
“We approached many people whom we knew had good collections and started ourselves by donating paintings to be auctioned. The proceeds will be donated to the WFP for their operations in Pakistan,” said Mustafa.
Mir added that it would be the first time that such a programme was being held to support a cause (fight against hunger in Pakistan) through the auction of all donated paintings.
“We have 55 paintings among which around 40 are donated by renowned artists throughout Pakistan, while the remaining ones are being donated by friends and well wishers to support our cause,” he said.
The masters whose works are being  donated include Sadequain, Gulgee, Shakir Ali, Ahmed Pervez, Iqbal Mehdi, Shehzad Mirza, Ahmed Saeed Nagi, while contemporary artists who donate their work include Mashkoor Raza, Mona Naqsh, Chitra Pritam, Qinz Najm, Tariq Javed and more.
Mustafa assured that the initiative with the collaboration with the WFP will be successful as community members as well as art admirers from other Dubai-based communities have shown great interest in the event and promised to be part of the auction.
“The auction event and the displaying of Pakistani paintings will be a major platform to promote the country’s soft and art image. We have also invited Pakistan Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan, Consul General Tariq Iqbal Soomro and dignitaries from the community and support the cause,” he said.
Mir has been supervising an NGO, Care and Fair, in Daska area of Punjab province to run a school for the children of carpet weavers for the last 10 years.
A catalogue has been published introducing all the participating artists. The proposed price for the art works range from $2,500 to $80,000.

~ by jamilkhan on April 22, 2013.

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