Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) The 9th annual National Child Art Competition organized by The Little Art which transformed into an Online Competition due to Covid-19 outbreak concluded with thought provoking collection of art works created by brilliant young students across the country. As a response to Little Art’s call, nearly 3500 children and youth from age 3 to 24 submitted artworks, digital designs, photos and stories online. All the entries are published on social media, but 24 winners in all age groups are going to be announced through the Public Choice Award and Jury’s Choice Award.
A curated exhibition of artworks will be presented on Google Cultural Institute, which is a prestigious platform for art exhibitions and museums showcase. Google Cultural Institute will host the exhibition of the artworks and preserve creative expressions of young artists with the credits and complete information of artists for future.
The Little Art Director Shoaib Iqbal said; “It gives us great pleasure to know that we are going to preserve the response work of children and youth with Google Cultural Institute. Our call had an amazing response from all over Pakistan, and we are looking at an amazing exhibition that will be developed.”
He added that in these difficult times, COVID-19 is affecting the whole world in various ways. It is really important to know how it is affecting our children, youth and their lives and childhood. What are their fears and hopes? How do they want to see their future and the future of the world? Creativity is key to know about their thoughts and imaginations.
To keep children and youth engaged into creative activity, The Little Art came up with the idea of ArtBeat Digital National Child Art Competition. Young artists were asked to paint or draw about What do you think about Corona virus, and how it’s affecting our daily routine? How important it is to maintain self-hygiene during Corona virus outbreak? How does the future look like to you to the world that is free from COVID-19?
The Little Art has been organizing ArtBeat since 2012 each year, but it was organized digital this year due to Covid-19. The jury of ArtBeat Digital consists of eminent artists such as R.M. Naeem, Abdul Jabbar Gul, Sadaf Naeem, Shireen Bano Rizvi and Sajjad Ahmed.
Jury member and prominent artists R. M Naeem said; “It is really important for parents to know what kind of interests and direction their child has. This quarantine has provided the best opportunity for the parents to know their children more closely. It is a great contribution by The Little Art in making the stars of the future. Children proudly mention that they got prizes in ArtBeat.”
Jury member Shireen Bano Rizvi, head of MA Visual Arts at NCA said; “I think what The Little Art is doing in these difficult times is really great. Children are at their homes and parents find it difficult to engage them. ArtBeat offers a creative engagement that is very helpful to channelize children’s time and grow skills.”