Over 65 local and foreign artists joined hands to support the flood victims of Balochistan and participate in their rehabilitation by donating their artwork to an exhibition organized for fundraising.
The ARTAID exhibition, arranged by Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Art in collaboration with the Capital Development Authority, commenced on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Art Gallery in F-9 Park and was inaugurated by the Chief Commissioner Islamabad Captain (R) Muhammad Usman Younis.
Famous and renowned artists of Pakistan have donated their work to the exhibition which will be kept on display till Oct. 9 after which its auction will take place on the last day of the event, Oct. 10. The funds generated from the exhibition will be contributed to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Account to provide all possible help to the flood-affected people.
“We have received 130 art pieces from different artists and all of them will be auctioned to generate funds for flood victims,” told Jamal Shah, the main organizer and chairman of Hunerkada, while talking to the media on Thursday.
“More than 60 Pakistani and seven international artists from the United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and Portugal have donated their art pieces for the auction,” he maintained.
The base price for different art pieces ranges from Rs30,000 to Rs4.6 million, told Shah while hoping that all of the artwork gets sold since it will help them in collecting a handsome amount for the flood affectees of Balochistan.
“In the next phase, we will organize similar exhibitions and auctions to help Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab,” he added.
Both artists and visitors of the ARTAID exhibition greatly applauded the initiative, saying it would help them in contributing to the welfare and rehabilitation of the huge number of victims badly affected by the catastrophic floods across the country.