LUMS Live Session 41: Art and Education in Pakistan: Practice and Scope - Part 1

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 4:00pm

A most powerful tradition of fine arts education exists in Pakistan. This can be traced back to more than a hundred years ago with the establishment of art schools in Colonial India. Nonetheless, this tradition has had little influence on everyday life and values. Art as a form of expression has remained under-represented in the educational fabric of the country.

Alongside, a growing contemporary art scene closely tied to art schools across the country has emerged. How do art schools influence the country’s future art scenario? How engaged are artists with our society on the educational front? What role/s do the arts play in general education?

Join us for the forty-first session of LUMS Live: Art and Education in Pakistan: Practice and Scope - Part 1. Our distinguished panelists include Professor Salima Hashmi - Artist, Cultural Writer and Painter, Professor Naazish Ata-Ullah - Painter and Printmaker, Ms. Rabeya Jalil - Associate Professor, National College of Arts and Dr. Razia Sadik - Associate Professor, School of Education, LUMS.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm (PST)

Moderated by Adeel Hashmi, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page. Please click here to listen to our panelists as they discuss the scope and practice of art education in the country. During the session, please use the live stream's comments bar to ask questions or email them at

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Join us for this important conversation!


Profiles of Panelists

Professor Salima Hashmi - Artist, Cultural Writer and Painter

Recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance, Prof. Salima Hashmi is the elder daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. She represents the first generation of modern artists in the country, who has an identity, which is different from indigenous painters. She taught at the prestigious National College of Arts for about thirty years and served as its Principal for four years. Prof. Salima also runs her own art gallery. She was the Founding Dean of School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University and is Professor Emeritus.

Professor Naazish Ata-Ullah - Painter and Printmaker

Prof. Ata-Ullah, artist, educator, curator, writer, social and human rights activist lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. Professor Ata-Ullah retired in 2010 as the Principal and Head of Academic and Administrative Affairs at the National College of Arts, Lahore and NCA Rawalpindi Campus. The Republic of France awarded her the title of Knight in the Order of Arts and Literature in 2010, for services to art and culture, and the NCA conferred her with its Fellowship. For six years as its Senior Fellow, she taught at Beaconhouse National University's School of Visual Art and Design until 2016. She established the Cowasjee Print Studio at NCA in the eighties. Among her multiple roles as educator and artist, Prof. Ata-Ullah has curated exhibitions, lectured and published widely, mentored many eminent artists including Farida Batool and Rashid Rana and undertaken advisory roles in cultural and educational institutions. She is currently a member of the Punjab Higher Education Commission. Prof. Ata-Ullah is actively involved with WAF and is an elected office bearer of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Ms. Rabeya Jalil - Associate Professor, National College of Arts

Ms. Jalil is an art educator and visual artist based in Lahore, Pakistan. Her creative practice includes curriculum development, teacher-education, teaching (studio and theory), painting and writing. She received her Master’s in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York as a Fulbright Scholar, and her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from National College of Arts, Lahore. Ms. Jalil is co-editor and co-organizer for the Journal of Art Education Pakistan, a peer-reviewed Journal from the region and the Online Digital Curriculum Coordinator (a voluntary position) for CSTAE, Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education, National Art Education Association (NAEA), United States. She has presented at art education conferences in Lahore, Islamabad, Boston, New York, Fort Worth (Texas), San Diego, Chicago, Seattle and Istanbul. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Dr. Razia Sadik - Associate Professor, School of Education, LUMS

Dr. Sadik’s professional practice and research interests are in arts higher education, teacher-education programme development, critical pedagogy, arts-based educational research, and critical curatorial practice. She is interested in researching how adults, particularly artists and teachers at work, learn. Her curatorial work aims to extend art as a mode of inquiry to communities through gallery and museum education. Dr. Sadik is also a founding editor of the Journal of Art Education, Pakistan (JAEP), the first refereed journal on art pedagogy and curriculum in Pakistan. She received her doctorate in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, her MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts (UAL) London, and her undergraduate from the NCA, Lahore.