Karachi – The VM Centre for Traditional Arts

Partnership

The VM Centre for Traditional Arts is based on a three-year partnership agreement between the VM Trust for Education, in Pakistan and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. This agreement was signed on 22nd June 2017 in London by Mr Asif Rangoonwalla, Chairman of VM Trust for Education and Dr Khaled Azzam, Director of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

HRH The Prince of Wales announced this partnership at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in his welcoming speech at the Masters’ Degree Show on 26 June 2017. He said,

“I am very proud to be able to announce today a new partnership with the Rangoonwala Foundation. Together, we intend to establish a new school for traditional arts and crafts in Karachi, Pakistan, which will, I hope, make a vital contribution to the arts in Pakistan and, furthermore, will introduce a new generation to the timeless principles that have defined their heritage.”

Dr Khaled Azzam, Director of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, says,

“We are very privileged and honoured to be given this opportunity to join in the wonderful efforts of the VM Trust for Education in Pakistan and look forward to developing the new centre in Karachi.”

Mr Asif Rangoonwalla says

“Pakistan is a country with many rich artistic traditions. The partnership between the Rangoonwala Foundation and The Princes School of Traditional Arts will serve to preserve and proliferate Pakistan’s traditional arts so that they can be passed on to future generations, locally and internationally. Our vision is to provide the Pakistani people with an educational institution which caters not only for artists but for anyone who loves art and would like to learn.”

The new VM Centre for Traditional Arts (VMCTA) opens its doors in Karachi, Pakistan on 23 October 2017.

The VMCTA will nourish and promote Pakistani artistic traditions and cultural heritage through education programmes and exhibitions. VMCTA aims to revive traditional art skills and techniques and to revitalize the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary Pakistan.

To begin, five courses introducing the essentials of traditional arts, will run as VMCTA’s ‘Open Programme’ from 23 October – 2 November 2017. There will also be two public lectures.

These courses and lectures are open to anyone aged over 18. Traditional arts experts will teach students how to use and master traditional materials and methods in traditional Islamic geometry, design and illumination.

Amateur beginners will be as welcome as skilled professionals. Each course is structured to suit all levels of skills and experience.

A fuller programme of VMCTA courses is planned to begin in February 2018.

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