“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” (Michelangelo)
Sculpture is an intricate branch of the visual arts and is a three – dimensional artform. It is created in stone, metal, ceramics, woods, fibre and mixed media. However, stone sculptures have survived the test of time along with metal and terracotta sculptures, which speak of history and of ancient cultures. With additive and subtractive processes as two basic techniques in sculpture, the South Asian art has reflected through the ages the cultural structure of beliefs, aesthetic preferences and social systems. The history of Asian art can be traced back to the ‘Indus Valley’ or ‘Harappan’ Civilization belonging to around 2300 B.C. in the present Pakistan. This ancient civilization on the banks of the river Indus has contributed to building cities which included making of roads, fire-burnt bricks, building public buildings, citadels and houses. With expertise in pottery, terracotta figurines and jewellery making, the Indus Valley civilization has been the forerunner in contributing sculptures. The bronze image of the dancing girl of four inches in height exhibits a rare posture and movement with a prominent place in the history of sculpture, along with the bust from Mohenjo-Daro, the many terracotta toys, female figurines, torsos and pottery.
Proceeding through the artistic pages of history and the many contributions of the SAARC Member States to the development of the art of sculpture, the present symposium offers to open a dialogue between the sculptors and their art, creating a platform for interchanging of ideas, opinions and techniques. This symposium focuses on the creating of sculptures along with a workshop and discussion with experts in the field with interactive sessions.
Sculpture is one of the most enduring forms of fine art known to man and has played a major role in the evolution of cultures. The sculptors nominated from the SAARC Member States will work on sculptures based on the theme of ‘Sculpture Symposium – A Sojourn and Synergy’. Sculptures could be expressed as free-standing dimensional images, that give a 360-degree view to give a unique art experience, whilst high and low relief sculptural panels can add a narrative essence to the artistic expression. With the freedom to choose the medium of sculpture, the artists can find themselves involved in bringing to form sculptures based on the theme of ‘Synergy’, and altogether could add to the unity and sovereignty of oneness in diversity.
The SAARC Cultural Centre proposes for the SAARC Sculpture Symposium 2019 to be held for approximately four (4) days, in an accessible, vibrant and inspirational city in the host Member State of Pakistan.
All Member States are invited to nominate a maximum of four Artists. The Host Member State of Pakistan, is invited to nominate a maximum of ten Artists.
The Honoured Member States are respectfully requested to take into consideration the following guidelines when nominating Participants for this Programme:
This information will be included in the official brochure, prepared for the Programme. Please forward this information to:
The Programme Assistant,
SAARC Cultural Centre, No. 224, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07,
VENUE OF THE PROGRAMME
The SAARC Sculpture Symposium 2019 will take place at a suitable location, as recommended by the Host Member State.
DATES FOR THE SAARC SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM 2019
25th – 30th of November 2019