Prince’s Foundation of Traditional Arts
The Prince’s Foundation of Traditional Arts, in London, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, has developed a unique outlook and methodology in its engagement with the traditional arts. Its education programmes have been adopted in many countries, introducing new generations to traditional arts and crafts through practical courses, lectures, postgraduate degrees and community-based projects.
Programmes devised and taught by The Prince’s Foundation
- enable contemporary artists to engage with the principles and techniques of the technical arts
- strengthen connections between people from different cultures
- show how a closer understanding of the concept of Tradition can bring harmony and benefit to contemporary worlds.
The Prince’s Foundation is recognised for its academic and research excellence, its high standards of practical skill and craftsmanship, and for its open and holistic philosophy.
The Foundation’s mission is to enable the empowerment of communities by engaging in social development initiatives directed at long-term sustainability and self-reliance. The Foundation works regardless of race or religion and aims to eradicate poverty amongst marginalised communities.
Mohamed Aly Rangoonwala (1924-1998) first started philanthropic work in memory of his parents Valy Mohamed Gany and Zuleikhabia Abdul Rehman in the 1960s. Since then the Rangoonwala Family have continued the M.A. Rangoonwala legacy with significant work across the globe, in particular in the UK, India and Pakistan. Rangoonwala Foundation works through subsidiaries in those countries.
ZVM Gany Rangoonwala Trust – Pakistan
The Zuleikhabai Valy Mohammed Gany Rangoonwala Trust was founded in 1967 and operates out of Pakistan. It has three main objectives. Firstly it aims to aid the advancement of education by building, establishing, maintaining and aiding educational institutions at all levels, and by providing domestic and foreign scholarships to students. Secondly it aims to aid the advancement of health, relief of sickness and aiding those with disabilities by establishing, building, improving and helping maintain medical institutions, teaching hospitals and clinics. Their third objective is to aid the sponsorship of the art and cultural activities of the individuals and communities that lack the resources to enhance and supplement their income and skills.
ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation UK
Founded in 1976, the ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation is a registered charity in the UK. Its objective is to provide financial support for exclusively charitable purposes – education, health, livelihoods, arts and culture and disability. The Foundation provides support to projects and programmes both in the UK and internationally.
Rangoonwala Foundation India Trust
Rangoonwala Foundation India Trust (RFIT) was registered as a Public Charitable Trust in Mumbai in February 2003. It is a Mumbai based, non-political, not-for- profit development organisation committed to sustainable people-centred inclusive development. Their mission is to enable marginalised communities to become more vibrant and dynamic by engaging them in socio-economic development initiatives directed at building capacities, thereby ‘helping people help themselves’. They have a development programme focused mainly on the issues of education, health, livelihoods and community services across population groups, including the multi-disabled.
VM Gallery- Karachi
The VM Art Gallery is a venue for art exhibitions and displays. The Gallery is fitted out to create intimate spaces for the display of traditional and contemporary art. Installation facilities, assemblage, suspensions, group of various object d’art and artifacts. These thematic factors radiate an atmosphere that is not only welcoming and dignified yet essentially contemporary in its ambiance. The Gallery caters to a multitude of artworks from both local and international art scene.