18th Asian Art Biennale

Schoolchildren express excitement watching displays

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:22, Sep 04,2018


Schoolchildren visit National Art Gallery on Sunday to watch artworks of Asian Art Biennale. — Ershad Kamol

Students from different schools expressed excitements watching displayed artworks by the local and foreign artists of the 18th Asian Art going on at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The academy has arranged guided tours for schoolchildren as part of the biennale for growing their interest in art. Besides, children and adolescents are coming to the show accompanied by their parents.

The month-long 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale is featuring 583 artworks by 465 artists from 68 countries. 

On Sunday, this correspondent found over a hundred students from Maniknagar High School, along with their teachers, visiting the gallery.

Arafat Ahmed, a grade IX student of the school, said, ‘Art is my most favourite subject and I really like visiting exhibitions. I don’t always understand all artworks but I’m fascinated by the colours and designs.’

Assistant teacher of the school Abdul Bareq Hossain, who was accompanying the students, said, ‘The students seem very happy for getting chance to visit. Seven guides provided by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy are accompanying them and answering to their queries.’
Arishia Islam, a grade V student of Scholastica, who also visited the gallery on the same day, said ‘I really liked it and will come here again.’

 A large number of fine art students from different universities are also visiting the biennale daily.

‘The month-long biennale gives us the opportunity to watch artworks by the renowned artists from across the world,’ said Meer Ishtiak, an art student of University of Development Alternative.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s director general Liaquat Ali Lucky said the academy requested many schools and colleges to send their students to the biennale. ‘Moreover, we have arranged two buses for providing transport facility to the students visiting the biennale.’

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