Welcome to VM Centre for Traditional Arts (VMCTA)

Please come and support our venture.

VMCTA draws inspiration from Pakistan’s artistic traditions and cultural heritage. Our centre aims to help revive essential artistic skills and techniques, and to revitalize the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary Pakistan.

Established by a proud partnership with The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (in London) VMCTA will ensure our traditional arts will flourish and be taught and practised to high standards.

Courses

To register, select the course below, then download and fill the registration form.

The form along with payment, must be filled and submitted to the Admissions Office at

Rangoonwala Community Centre, Block 4-5, KDA Scheme: 7, Dhoraji Corporative Housing Society

These introductory courses to the traditional arts have a strong grounding in geometry.

Why? Geometry is a universal language that transcends nationality and creed. It links all the sacred and traditional arts.

All the world’s great civilizations have used it, although each in its own ways. Geometric patterns are found in nature – from the expansive cosmos to the structure of a flower. Nature’s beauty consists of the harmonious interaction between straight and curve, crystalline and biomorphic. Beauty in art and architecture also depends on such harmonies. In both nature and geometry there is infinite variety in essential unity.

All the courses are suitable for complete beginners. They will be conducted, in English, by tutors from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Assistance in Urdu will be available.

Each session is stand-alone. Each session is repeated at least once, to offer a reasonable choice of time and date.

Half-day sessions (mornings or evenings) cost Rs.1,500/-
Full-day sessions cost Rs.4,000/-

Public lectures are free.

Advance booking for all courses and lectures is essential.

Tutors

Dr. Lisa DeLong

Dr. Lisa DeLong

Tutor

Lisa is Outreach and Harmony Programme Manager at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA), in London, responsible for the PSTA’s Outreach programmes in China, Azerbaijan and now Karachi.

She studied painting and received her MA in Art History at Brigham Young University before moving to London in 2001 where she had the privilege of studying on the VITA Programme under Professors Keith Critchlow and Paul Marchant. Lisa completed her PhD at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in 2007, specializing in the principles of geometric design in Islamic and Western traditions. Her first book Curves: Flowers, Foliates and Flourishes in the Formal Decorative Arts was published in November 2013. In 2016 she presented a TEDx talk on geometry and education at Brigham Young University.

Her own paintings, in several important international collections, investigate the beauty found in the conversation between order and the unexpected, chaos and cosmos.

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh

Tutor

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh is an Iranian artist based in London. Her work explores the disciplines of Persian poetry manuscripts, sacred geometry and Persian miniatures.

When she graduated with a Masters and a distinction from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in 2011, she was also awarded the Jerwood Art prize.

She now teaches Islamic manuscript and Persian miniature painting at The Prince’s School and regularly studies under calligraphy masters in Iran. She continues her geometry studies with Paul Marchant.

Her recent solo exhibition "Haft Paykar" based on epic poetry of Persian poet Nizami traveled from London to Scotland in 2016 and 2017 .

Farkhondeh believes that an observer’s aesthetic satisfaction arises from a subliminal appreciation of underlying sacred geometry and this informs both her teaching and her artistic practice.

Ghulam Hyder Daudpota

Ghulam Hyder Daudpota

Tutor

Ghulam Hyder was awarded a full Jameel scholarship to study at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA). In 2010, when he graduated with a Masters with Distinction, he was also awarded the Jerwood Art prize by HRH Prince of Wales.

For his final degree show project at PSTA, he constructed a fountain with geometric, cut Kashikari ceramic tiles, based on his studies of the Alhambra in Spain and in Fez, Morocco. He made Kashikari tile panels of the Jama Mosque in Nasarpur, Shrine Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Pakistan. He is the Founder and Chairman of NITA Crafts Development Co-operative Society Nasarpur.

Each year, Ghulam Hyder also joins the PSTA team in Baku, Azerbaijan as a consultant teacher of traditional ceramic techniques at the Icherisheher Centre for Traditional Arts.

Belonging to a family of ceramic tile-makers Kashikar in Nasarpur, Ghulam Hyder is intent on making sure the craft of Kashikari tile-making thrives and is maintained to the highest standards.

Isra Butt

Isra Butt

Tutor

Isra Butt is a surface pattern /textile designer and art educator. Isra is dedicated to the revival of historical traditional crafts and has been inspired by centuries of traditional Islamic pattern, geometry and the beauty of nature.

Isra currently works for The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts where she graduated with an MA, specializing in traditional textiles; natural dying, embroidery and painting. Isra teaches both within the UK and abroad. Her teaching, travels and experiences in the rich world of traditional art continue to inspire and inform her work.

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