The 19th edition of the month-long Asian Art Biennale dedicated to the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee of Independence will commence March 1 next year at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).
“We’re eyeing a regular event like the previous years but we’ll be closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and act accordingly. The festivity had to be shifted from December this year due to the pandemic," BSA Public Relations Officer Hasan Mahmud told UNB.
He said last time they hosted artists from 68 countries and this time, they are welcoming artists from 100 countries to join this special art extravaganza.
"This 19th Asian Art Biennale will be a great opportunity for us to uphold the pride and glory of our country by showcasing the artistic treasures to the world as it’ll be adding extra festivities to the occasions of the Birth Centenary of our Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee celebration of our Liberation War and Independence," Mahmud said.
Artists and art curators from across the world are invited to complete the registration and submission of participation before November 30. All artworks should reach the Asian Art Biennale Cell, Fine Arts Department of BSA on or before January 31, 2021 - which is also the deadline for the participating artists and art curators from abroad to submit their application for VISA on arrival.
The deadline for the participants to arrive in Bangladesh to attend the exhibition is February 26.
Interested artists aged above 22 years who have participated in at least two international-level exhibitions (for foreign participants) and two national-level exhibitions (for Bangladeshi participants) are welcome for registration, according to its website.
Artists may apply through email with soft copies of documents or directly with hard copies delivered through courier or in-person to the organisers’ office at BSA.
Eighteen editions of this international art exhibition have successfully been organised since 1981, cementing its legacy as the longest-running international art biennale event in Asia. From the 17th edition in 2016, countries from Europe and America regions are participating.