Contemporary Pakistani Art Now

Auction to support World Food Programme garners $500,000

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, May 04, 2013

DUBAI: Around 55 paintings donated by a number of contemporary artists from Pakistan as well as others were auctioned to raise funds for the World Food Programme (WFP) activities in Pakistan. The auction has witnessed a huge response and the proceeds have exceeded $500,000.
The auction, titled ‘Contemporary Pakistani Art Now’ was the brainchild of two prominent Pakistani art collectors — Abdul Rehman Mir and Irfan Mustafa – with a two-point agenda of promoting Pakistani artists and their work in the international market through the platform of Dubai and mainly generating funds to support the UN body, WFP.
The auction took place at the Mina A’ Salam Hotel, Dubai on Wednesday by Christie’s under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.
The auction was also attended by WFP officials including Ashraf Hamouda, head of partnership and business development Mena, UN-WFP, Elise Bijon, private partnerships and business development manager, Mena, Central Asia and Eastern Europe besides others.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Abdul Rehman Mir on Friday said, “The response was good as the participants not only bought the paintings which were under the hammer but also contributed in their own way for WFP.”
“The auction was attended by around 180 participants and the experience was great. Hopefully such initiatives will continue in the future with the aim of promoting Pakistani artists,” he added.
WFP, through various ongoing programmes in Pakistan, is supporting around 4 million people including 1.5 million schoolchildren.

~ by jamilkhan on May 4, 2013.

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