Naqsh School of Arts

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About Naqsh

Funded by Babar Ali Foundation, Naqsh is situated in the heart of Lahore’s historic Walled City, the former citadel that served as the seat of the Mughul Empire under Emperors Akbar and Jehangir.

Naqsh School of Arts

Established in 2003, the Naqsh School of Arts is situated in Lahore's historic Walled City, the former citadel that served as the seat of the Mughal Empire under Emperors Akbar and Jehangir and the Sikh periods. Funded exclusively by Babar Ali Foundation, Naqsh is located in buildings attached to Mubarik Haveli, the Ali family’s ancestral home in Bazaar Hakimaan, Bhati Gate. Works by Naqsh artists are displayed for sale in the Naqsh Art Gallery.

Naqsh Art School caters especially to the residents of the Walled City and its less privileged neighbouring areas. Its purpose is to preserve the traditional skills of Pakistan in drawing, painting, ceramics and calligraphy. Naqsh provides an opportunity to women and men who have dropped out of mainstream education and have the desire to acquire traditional artistic skills.

With the motto "preserve for posterity", Naqsh seeks to preserve traditional arts of calligraphy, miniature painting and naqashi (the art of 'arabesque').

Naqsh provides a three-year certificate course in traditional arts and crafts to the students enrolled each year. These students pay a nominal monthly fee. Many of these students, both young and mature, with no age limit, are residents of the Walled City, and the less affluent localities. In the spirit of trying to better itself, Naqsh works continuously on enhancing its facilities, and improving course offerings.

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