We the People, We the Arts

We the Peoples, We the Arts is an art competition aiming at involving young artists in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through visual arts. We the Peoples, We the Arts” is a joint initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations Information Centre. First launched in 2016, We the Peoples, We the Arts involved students from arts schools across Pakistan who produced artwork highlighting the theme of zero hunger through sculptures, paintings and miniature paintings. 23 finalists participated in the award ceremony held in Islamabad in November 2016. Three winners were selected by international contemporary experts including Alexie Glass-Cantor, Executive Director of Artspace Sydney and Curator of Encounters Art Basel Hong Kong; Priyanka Mathew, Principal Partner at Sunderlande New York; Karin Seiz, Co-Director of Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing and Lucerne; and Heike Munder, Director of Migros Museum for Contemporary Art in Zurich. The jury included also representatives from the Swiss Embassy and the United Nations. Artworks from all the 23 finalists were featured in a high-end catalogue and are currently being exhibited throughout Pakistan.


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