VM Art Gallery hosted the first annual VM Centre for traditional Arts graduation exhibition. The exhibition showcased the work of first batch of graduates from their one-year diploma program. The program is accredited by the Sindh Board of Technical Education and was designed and delivered in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London.
The philosophy of VM Centre for Traditional arts draws inspiration from Pakistan’s local artistic traditions and cultural heritage. Pakistan is a country that has a rich cultural history and over the years art has become an important fabric of our local communities. It brings artists, art enthusiasts and art collectors together to celebrate and support local talent. It is integral that our galleries and institutions and local residents support the development of formal training of artistic traditions as this benefits not only our communities, but allows Pakistan to show a softer side in the international media.
This exhibition celebrates the achievements of the first graduating class of VMCTA students. Throughout the course of the year, this group of 17 students have dedicated their efforts to practical exploration of design principles. They have engaged with modules in ceramics, woodwork, textiles, and painting. They visited monuments to study traditional geometric and floral patterns, and learn to apply them in a contemporary context. Each student has completed an ambitious Final Project that has combined the learnings for the course of the year.