Artists create paintings to help destitute peers

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 23:30, Jul 14,2020


Artists participate in an ongoing art camp at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Three hundred acclaimed and aspiring artists from across the country are participating in an art camp organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy that aims at raising money to help the destitute artists.

The art camp has been organised by the academy under the banner of its ‘Art Against Corona’ initiative. It commenced on July 8 and it is being administered by the fine arts department of BSA. The participating artists will have to submit their artworks created at the camp to the department before July 20.

‘A total of 300 artists from across the country are participating in the art camp. All the materials including brush, canvas and colour have been provided by the academy. The academy will organise an exhibition in future with these artworks,’ said, director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Liaquat Ali Lucky.

Noted artist and president of Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad Professor Jamal Ahmed is the chief coordinator of the art camp and other coordinators include Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad general secretary artist Kamal Pasha Chowdhury, artist Nazma Akter and artist Sanjib Das Apu.

When contacted, Jamal Ahmed said, ‘It is indeed a great initiative by the academy. The aim of the art camp is to help the destitute artists especially the art students who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 25 artists are creating artworks at the art camp daily.  Young artists are practicing social distancing at the venue while senior artists are creating their paintings at home.’

‘We will hold an exhibition for selling the artworks and the money raised will be distributed among the destitute artists and the needy. The academy is giving each participating artist between Tk 5,000 to 8,000,’ added Jamal Ahmed.

Kamal Pasha Chowdhury said, ‘The initiative has been taken by Liaquat Ali Lucky. We have received huge response from the artists. All 300 artists cannot participate in the art camp at the same time because we have to maintain social distancing.’ ‘Therefore, 20 to 25 artists are taking part in the camp daily and senior artists are creating artworks at home,’ added Kamal Pasha.

Shahnoor Mamun, Shohag Parvez, Raju Ahmed Khan, Domion Newton Pinaru, Masum Halder, Toufiqure Rahman, Santa Islam, Nishad Suba Neety, Mashiur Rahman, Tanjima Tabassum Easha and others are participating in the event.

Mashiur Rahman, a participating artist, said, ‘I am a freelance artist. After the pandemic began in Bangladesh, I could not find any work. There are countless artists like me in the country who have been hit hard by the pandemic. I thank the academy for arranging the art camp.’

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