Dhaka, Sept 3 (UNB) - A two-day special seminar on art concluded in the city on Monday as part of the 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2018.
The first two sessions of the seminar ‘Art and Contemporary Narratives’ was held at the auditorium of National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
The 3rd and 4th sessions of the seminar titled ‘Art, Pedagogy and Promotion’ was arranged at the seminar room of National Theater building and at the auditorium of National Art Gallery of Shilpakala Academy respectively on Monday.
President Abdul Hamid inaugurated the 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale on September 1 at the city’s cultural hub, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The month-long biennale is hosting around 583 artworks by 266 foreign artists and 199 Bangladeshi artists. Among the 266 foreign artists, 223 are under competition and 29 are under special invitation, along with 14 performance artists.
Among the 199 Bangladeshi artists, works by 107 artists are under competition while works by 63 artists got special invitation.
Alongside, 16 local performance artists are displaying their work at the biennale along with the work of 13 master painters.
Four observers- Artist Jogen Chowdhury from India, Prof. Tetsuya Noda from Japan, Dr. Marek Bartelik from Poland, and Deborah Dyer Frizzell from the USA attended in the Biennale.
Recipients of grand prizes and honourable mentions were awarded during the inauguration ceremony of the 18th Asian Art Biennale. Each of grand prize winners received a medal and cash of 500,000 Bangladeshi Taka, while honourable mentions were awarded with 300,000 Bangladesh Taka and a medal each.
A five-member jury panel- Bangladeshi artist Shahbuddin Ahmed and Abul Monsur, Professor Françoise Monnin from France, Chi. Su. Krishna Setty from India and Blanca De La Torre from Spain judged the displayed artworks and selected the best artworks for three grand prizes and six honourable mentions.
As part of the Biennale, Shilpakala Academy has included the cultural programs, special dinners, river cruise, workshops, and visits of historical places from 1-5 September 2018.