VMCTA exhibition opened on 1st September 2018, “Living Tradition: A New Centre for Education”.

This exhibition celebrated the launch of the VM Centre for Traditional Arts and its new Diploma Programme – beginning January 2019 – in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London.

For over 30 years the School of Traditional Arts has been at the forefront of research into the traditional arts as a living and contemporary practice. It is recognised for its academic and research excellence, its high standards of practical skill and craftsmanship, and for its open and holistic philosophy.

VM Centre for Traditional Arts draws inspiration from Pakistan’s artistic traditions and cultural heritage. It aims to help revive essential artistic skills and techniques, and to revitalize the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary Pakistan. VMCTA will ensure traditional arts will flourish and be taught and practised to high standards in Pakistan.

This exhibition showcased work from the Diploma Programme’s expert team of tutors. Also featured work by 20 PSTA alumni with Pakistani heritage whose continual artistic practice reflects their unique education at the School of Traditional Arts. Their work engages deeply with the Order of Nature not only in the materials they use, but also through pattern, symmetry, and proportion which reflect a higher reality. Foundation research which will be taught as part of the Diploma Programme was also presented as a series of posters. The show also included a selection of student work – both individual and collaborative – using skills taught by the School of Traditional Arts in recent workshops at VMCTA.


opened on 20th December 2019.

This exhibition presented the work of our first cohort of graduates from our one-year Diploma Programme. Our programme, accredited by the Sindh Board of Technical Education, was designed and delivered in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London.

The exhibition celebrated the accomplishments of our first graduating class of VMCTA students. Throughout the past year, this group of 17 dedicated their efforts to practical exploration of design principles. They have engaged with modules in ceramics, woodwork, textiles, and painting. They visited monuments to study traditional geometric and floral patterns, and learn to apply them in a contemporary context.

Visitors to the exhibition saw students’ exploratory pieces from the craft modules. They also saw collaborative concepts for interior and architectural design contexts. In addition, each student has completed an ambitious Final Project which brings together the things they have learned throughout the year. We are proud to welcome all to see the beautiful work our students have produced.