Artists of the city have welcomed the allocation of Rs18.333 million in the 2015-16 budget for various arts and crafts projects.
The allocation of Rs10.158 million for the preparation of a database of paintings and artworks at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), Rs6 million for setting up a laboratory for restoration of damaged paintings and Rs2.175 million for security up-gradation of the National Art Gallery (NAG) is an encouraging step and a show of support from the government for visual arts, said PNCA Visual Arts Director Mussarat Naheed Imam.
Talking to APP, she said a team of experts was working on these projects for several years and the grant will encourage them to continue their work for maintaining visual arts’ record.
“It is a nation-wide project that will engage artists for documenting and preserving their work for future generations,” she said.
“Being a government department, NAG has no support from private entrepreneurs, so it is the government which is supporting us to enhance the soft image of the country across the globe,” said calligraphic artist Azeem Iqbal.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2015.
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