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Wednesday October 27, 2021

Promotion of Australia-Pakistan culture by bus art

September 18, 2021

Islamabad : The Australian High Commission supported an exhibition of two public buses showcasing artworks with Australian and Pakistani images, by Pakistani-Australian artists, Imran Ahmad and Fatima Saeed in collaboration with local emerging artists and students.

According to the organisers, the exhibition was held to cultivate the cultural connections between Australia and Pakistan as well as encourage dialogue and new ways of thinking about public spaces during the coronavirus pandemic.

Admiring Pakistan’s beautiful tradition of decorating vehicles, the Australian High Commissioner Dr Geoffrey Shaw highlighted that while Australia and Pakistan are both diverse countries, they share many common links.

“Our two countries have much in common – from our Commonwealth heritage and similar climates to our sporting and strong people-to-people links. More than 80,000 people of Pakistani origin call Australia home.”

Around 100 students, including students of art and design from prominent educational institutes of Pakistan, joined the artists in a series of workshops to paint the buses, held at Saeed Akhtar Studio Lahore and Lok Virsa Islamabad.

The buses will travel across Pakistan for the residents, commuters and workers to experience the art on wheels throughout the year.

“We are excited that this project has given us the opportunity to create an accessible cross-country exhibition, that promotes creative ways of connecting people through art during the pandemic,” high commissioner Dr Shaw said.

Visual artist Fatima Saeed said, ‘Through this project, Imran and I have been able to celebrate uniqueness and similarities of both the countries we call home! The diversity and inclusiveness that we experienced while living and travelling in Australia, left an indelible mark. As much as we feel at home in Pakistan, the feeling of homesickness for Australia never really goes away. This past year has taught us to celebrate all the good things in our lives and share it with as many people as we can.’