Jury announces finalists of We the Peoples, We the Arts 2018

Press release, 25.03.2018

Islamabad: An international jury announced finalists of a nation-wide art competition on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at Pakistan National Council of the Arts on Sunday. More than 140 submissions were received from all over Pakistan, out of which 25 finalists have been selected. 

L-R Head of Fine Arts Department NCA Lahore Quddus Mirza, Director Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Giovanni Carmine, Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan Dr. Brigitta Blaha, DG PNCA Jamal Shah, Head of Cooperation, SDC Dr. Stefanie Burri. ©SDC

Organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in collaboration with local and international partners, the competition titled ‘We the Peoples, We the Arts 2018’ invited students to produce artworks in four categories -- sculpture, painting and miniature painting and print making -- on themes related to 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Fine arts students aged 18 and above, enrolled in accredited Pakistani colleges and / or universities were eligible to participate.

Gender equality, women’s empowerment, child rights, education, poverty and environment were recurrent themes of the 146 artworks received in February.

The first round of jury took place at PNCA on 24-25 March. The jury comprised Brigitta Blaha, Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan, Giovanni Carmine, Director, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, Quddus Mirza, Head of Fine Arts Department, NCA Lahore, Pakistan and Stefanie Burri, Head of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Islamabad, Pakistan.

All the selected artists will be invited to Islamabad to participate in the award ceremony on 10 May 2018, where they will be awarded 200 USD each. The second round of jury will take place a day before the award ceremony, in which one winner from each category will be selected. Each of the four winners will be awarded USD500. Artworks from all the 25 finalists will feature in a high-quality catalogue and will be exhibited in major cities across Pakistan.

The finalists names are as follows:

Print Making

1.      Dua Rabbay, Karachi

2.      Rameesha Azeem, Lahore

3.      Ruqaia Abdul Aziz, Karachi

4.      Shahid Malik, Lahore

5.      Zainab Abdul Hussain, Karachi

Miniature Painting

1.      Gulsoom Musa, Karachi

2.      Mahnoor Khawaja, Lahore

3.      Nadia Batool, Rawalpindi

4.      Rameesha Sarmad Khawaja, Lahore

5.      Zainab Amir, Lahore

6.      Zunaira Farooq, Lahore


1.      Ahsan Khurshid, Peshawar

2.      Fahiem-ul-Haq Abdullah, Quetta

3.      Mahoor Khan, Karachi

4.      Syed Rameezuddin, Karachi

5.      Tahmina Anwar, Karachi

6.      Warda Batool, Karachi


1.      Haya Esbhani, Karachi

2.      Muhammad Ibrahim, Peshawar

3.      Murk Mangi, Lahore

4.      Najeeb Ullah, Quetta

5.      Rida Mehmood, Lahore

6.      Tooba Ashraf, Lahore

7.      Zoha Zafar, Lahore

8.      Zunaira Malik, Rawalpindi 


‘We the Peoples, We the Arts’ is an art competition that aims to involve young artists in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Embassy of Switzerland in Pakistan first launched ‘We the Peoples, We the Arts’ in 2016 in collaboration with the UN Information Centre and several other partners. The first edition involved students of five leading art schools across Pakistan, who produced sculptures, paintings and miniature paintings, highlighting the theme of Zero Hunger; the second of 17 SDGs. Building on the success of this initiative, partners decided to launch the second edition of ‘We the Peoples, We the Arts’ and expand participation and thematic areas of the competition to include all the 17 SDGs. 

Sustainable Development Goals:

The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. By 2030, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The SDGs address the most pressing global challenges of our time, calling upon collaborative partnerships across and between countries to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development, economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion.