A month-long virtual exhibition, part of the programme for capital Dhaka serving as the OIC Youth Capital 2020-21, titled ‘Bangabandhu-Youth Art Competition’ began on Thursday.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), in association with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), has organised the event.
The inauguration ceremony of the exhibition was held on vertically on the evening. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel graced the occasion as the chief guest.
Youth and Sports Ministry Senior Secretary Akhtar Hossain, Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Badrul Arefin, Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum ICYF’s President Taha Ayhan were present at the ceremony with State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid in the chair.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky delivered the welcome speech at the programme.
BSA Director of Fine Arts Syeda Mahbuba Karim also present.
A total of 100 artworks from four regions will be showcased at the exhibition.
A total of 335 artists aged 18-35 from 57 member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other countries registered themselves to participate in the competition from Bangladesh, Asia and other countries of the world. There were four mediums of the competition - Contemporary Art, Calligraphy, Photography and Graphic Design.
Participatory artists competed on six subjects of the paintings, including Bangabandhu and Bangladesh, COVID-19 Pandemic, Humanity in Refugee Crisis, Youth Spirit in Technology, Islamic Art, and Climate Change.
The names of the award winning artists (regional categories) were announced at the inauguration ceremony.
Each category will receive a grand award comprising a certificate and USD 2500. Besides, all four categories featured 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for artists representing the three regions. Each 1st prize winner will receive USD 500 while the 2nd prize winner will get USD 300 and the 3rd prize winner will receive USD 200, according to the organisers.
The exhibition will be available for the art admirers at the virtual galleries and websites of BSA and OIC.