Children’s artworks display rivers of the worldCultural Correspondent
A spectacular four-day exhibition of artworks featuring the rivers of the world by school students of Bangladesh and England is going on at the Dhaka Art Centre in Dhanmondi.
All the four days of the exhibition are accompanied with music performances by various singers at the open stage of Rabindra Sarabar adjacent to the centre.
Robin Davis, director of Partnerships and Programmes inaugurated the exhibition while Andrew Tilke, chief executive officer of HSBC Bangladesh was present as special guest. Eminent cartoonist Ahsan Habib who has worked as the mentor of the project and educationist Abdullah Abu Sayeed were also present at the inauguration.
The exhibition is part of the project jointly organised by Thames Festival Trust, Connecting Classrooms of British Council and the Global Education Programme of HSBC. The project also included a workshop where the students produced the artworks on display at the exhibition.
Students from six schools in Bangladesh and four schools in England created the artworks on the theme of Rivers of the World.
All the ten schools selected for the project are located beside rivers - in the case of Bangladesh the six schools are beside the Surma river in Sylhet, and the four schools of England are beside Thames river in London.
Just as the students of the London-based schools had the opportunity to work on Bangladeshi rivers and river culture, the Sylhet-based students also got to work on the river and river culture of London.
Artists Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and Tamanna Tasmeem conducted the workshop where the students were trained on various techniques of creating an artwork.
Artworks of students have been displayed on ten big canvasses at the exhibition. Besides, video clips of the students working at the workshop are being screened at the centre.
Students of London-based Bishop Douglas School have brought out the tradition of Bangladesh in their artwork. The traditional festivals like New Year celebrations, boat race, fishermen’s lives were beautifully displayed on their colourful canvasses.
Students of Chadwell Heath Academy learnt the well known wood block printing on paper with artist Tamanna Tasmeem. Their artwork illustrates the designs of block print in red.
On the hand, students of Sylhet-based Mohammad Mokan High School drew the old days British ships and sailors with colour pencils on a large canvas.
Students of M C Academy, Sylhet worked on popular British characters like Harry Potter, James Bond and others that they are fond of.
Following the workshop, a pleasant presentation of traditional songs entertained the large number of audience at the open stage of Rabindra Sarabar.
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