Contemporary Pakistani Art Now

WFP official praises painting auction for the cause of disadvantaged

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 26, 2013

Dubai: Art is indeed all about feeding souls, while the UN body World Food Programme (WFP) is putting all its efforts to eliminate hunger in the world, and collaboration with Pakistani artists to raise funds will play a major role in fighting hunger in Pakistan.
This was stated by Ashraf Hamouda, head of Partnership and Business Development Mena, UN-WFP while addressing a press conference in Dubai on Thursday.
The press conference was also attended by Abdul Rehman Mir, a private collector and one of the organisers of the upcoming auction of paintings by Pakistani artists under the theme, “Contemporary Pakistani Art Now” and Omar Donia, co-founder of Contemporary Practices Art Journal and art adviser to the WFP.
The auction of 55 paintings donated by Pakistani contemporary artists and some masterpieces by art collectors will take place at the Mina A’ Salam Hotel, Dubai on May 1 by Christie’s.
Hamouda said: “The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organistion fighting hunger. We are currently supporting around four million people throughout Pakistan, including 1.5 million schoolchildren.
The auction will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development,” he said.
The idea was initiated by two prominent Pakistani collectors, Abdul Rahman Mir and Irfan Mustafa.
Mir while addressing the gathering he said that he has been an avid collector for the last 40 years and investing in both unknown and recognised artists with a continuous drive to support his country’s talents.
“Through this unique initiative we are not only supporting our contemporary artists but also driving art lovers to support the WFP cause through their contribution by being part of auction,” he said.
He added that they would continue this initiative as annual an event to bring limelight on the Pakistani art and the artists.
There would be a collection of 55 pieces of art from established masters as well as promising emerging young artists from Pakistan, including Jamil Naqsh, Iqbal Mehdi, Gulgee, Shakir Ali, Shahid Jamal, Sadequain, Bashir Mirza and Ahmed Parvez to name a few.
“The Contemporary Pakistani Art auction serves two main objectives, to support the World Food Programme’s food assistance for the poor and hungry and to elevate the Pakistani art by highlighting the works of the masters and upcoming artists alike,” he added.
Omar Donia assured that through the support of Christie’s they are hopeful to generate around $500,000 to $600,000.

~ by jamilkhan on April 26, 2013.

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