Participating artists at the press conference.
Under the title “Songs of the Land”, the High Commission of Bangladesh in Australia; Australia Bangladesh Cultural Exchange (ABCx); Anandapath, Tangail and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts are jointly organising a group art exhibition, featuring the works of 10 celebrated Bangladeshi painters. Around 40 artworks will be displayed at the exhibition which will inaugurate on March 22. It will tour to three cities (Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra) in Australia and is the first ever major group exhibition of artworks by Bangladeshi artists in Australia.
The participating artists are Qayyum Chowdhury, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Farida Zaman, Ranjit Das, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Mohammad Iqbal and others.
On the occasion, a press conference was held yesterday at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi. Subir Choudhury, director of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts; artists Qayyum Chowdhury, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam; and Syed Aminul Haque Kaiser, founder director of Anandapath were present at the conference.
The speakers said that the artists of Bangladesh have always attempted to articulate the splendour and diversity of the land. The paintings showcased in the exhibition are profound expressions of the land and the people of the country. They also hope the exhibition will promote exchange of ideas and understanding between the people of Bangladesh and Australia. Sarwar Jahan, manager of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts; briefed the media on the works included in the exhibition.
The first phase of the exhibition will inaugurate on March 22 at the gallery of Alliance Francaise in Melbourne. Alan James Mayers, chairman of Council of the National Gallery of Australia will inaugurate the exhibition. The second phase of the exhibition will inaugurate on March 29 at the Queen Street Gallery in Sydney. John Dowd, chancellor of Southern Cross University (SCU) and president of ActionAid Australia will inaugurate the exhibition as chief guest. The third segment of the exhibition will open on April 1 at the Ann Harding Conference Centre in Canberra. Lt. General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Australia will inaugurate the exhibition as chief guest.
The Daily Star is a media partner of the group show.