Exhibition in Peshawar promotes cause of ‘zero hunger’

An exhibition highlighting the work of young artists from five arts schools of Pakistan opened at Nishtar hall in Peshawar. The exhibition comprise pieces that had qualified in “We the Peoples, We the Arts” competition, an initiative aimed at promoting the cause of zero hunger through visual arts.

The event was organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Embassy of Switzerland in partnership with the United Nations Information Centre and the Department of Tourism and Culture Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to mark the 50th year of SDC’s cooperation with Pakistan.

For the competition, students from the National College of Arts Rawalpindi, Department of Art and Design at the University of Peshawar, National College of Arts Lahore, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, and the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Karachi were invited to develop sculptures, miniature paintings and paintings on the theme of “zero hunger”, which is Sustainable Development Goal #2.

A jury comprising Swiss and international art experts, the Embassy of Switzerland and the United Nations selected a winner for each category. A total of 64 art pieces were received for this competition out of which 23 were selection for the final exhibition, which aims to provide Pakistani students a unique opportunity to gain visibility at the international level. From Peshawar, Khalid Shah Shinwari and Zakir Ali’s paintings won the first round of competition and qualified for the exhibition.

The highlight of the event was musical performance by prominent rubab player Shahid Malang. Many in the packed auditorium danced to the melodious tunes of popular folk songs skillfully played by Malang.