Three hundred students making artwork on theme: “Humans. Nature. You make the connection” at the Frere Hall, Karachi. Chief guest: Soraya Sikander – Marking her commitment to the environment.
A word on WWF and the NAC: WWF is the largest independent organization working on nature conservation. WWF started work in Pakistan over 40 years ago. WWF-Pakistan has been working committed to providing quality environmental education and interpretation for scientific facts to acknowledge the benefits and values of conserving the natural assets of the country.
WWF-Pakistan is organizing a mega art competition for its registered Green Students across Karachi. The National Art Competition (NAC) aims to excite students’ imagination and creativity through art work geared towards environment oriented themes. This gives students an opportunity to get to know their environment better as well as identifying their role within their communities for a sustainable tomorrow. WWF-Pakistan believes that through this fun activity indelible message about environmental conservation can be interpreted in the minds of youth. WWF has released videos – “We are all connected” (YouTube) which depict how everything is linked so humans are linked in every way so we are trying to get these students to realize how they are connected to nature, depend on it and have responsibility to take care of it as we have a major impact we have on the scarce natural resources that our one and only Earth has provided us with.
Soraya Sikander is a committed environmentalist and through her work creates awareness about the subject.
About the author
Leading art gallery of Pakistan, Unicorn Gallery was Founded by art critic Seemah Niaz. Unicorn specialises in the history of Pakistani and Indian painting and has presented works by some of the most distinguished South Asian painters including Ustad Allahbux, Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Colin David, F N Souza, Gulgee, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, M F Husain, Murtaza Bashir, S H Raza, Shakir Ali and Vasudeo S. Gaitonde. Unicorn has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions, Annual Art Book Fair exclusive to Unicorn, art scholar talks and documentary screenings. Unicorn is also active in the preservation of the history of regional painting by way of a prolific production of art monographs and books. Unicorn Gallery has hosted retrospectives of major masters including: Sadequain’s Rubbiyats, Jameel Ahmed A Forgotten Master, Ghulam Rasul - Pakistan’s most influential landscape painter and most recently Laila Shahzada a life - The legacy of a pioneer of modern painting in Pakistan. Unicorn Gallery was Founded by Seemah Niaz. Unicorn Gallery specializes in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions, annual art book fairs, lectures, documentary screenings, launches, seminars, internships and other opportunities. Unicorn Gallery holds numerous thought-provoking exhibitions in collaboration with curators, art galleries, museums, institutes and organizations, and sources to auction houses. We encourage scholarly research and exploration of art as seen from its historical, cultural, and social contexts with art critics and historians. The gallery produces its own exhibitions including traveling shows, introduces new art publications and hosts retrospectives of major painters as well as represents emerging artists, who experiment in a wide-range of media, display technical skill, diversity in portfolio and are innovative in approach. Unicorn Gallery’s exhibitions have encompassed all the visual arts including: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, serigraphs, photography, architecture, film, video and performance. SEEMAH NIAZ was educated at St.George’s School in London, England and Lahore, Pakistan. She is a M.A previous in English Language and Literature from Punjab University, and B.A. in French and English Literature from Kinnaird College. She has been a freelance journalist and has contributed articles to Herald, Newsline, Dawn, Star etc. She has curated numerous exhibitions on South Asian Art in Dubai, New Delhi, Singapore and London and is the Founder of Unicorn Gallery, Karachi, and Unicorn Space, Dubai. She is widely traveled and has taught at The Lyceum School, St. Patrick’s, Karachi, Westminster College and David Game. Seemah is actively involved in social work, promoting literacy and child health in Pakistan. She is the author of the ‘Mona Naqsh’ biography. Niaz has lectured on Pakistani Art at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in London.