We are seeking Volunteers for any of the following activities, but if you wish to develop something tailored to your skills and available time, please let us know.
Machar art 2010 comprises of a series of workshops based on diverse range of activities, creations and modes of expression including painting, sculpture, music, theatre and so on.
Different schools within Machar colony are participating in CFC's 5th Annual Art Program. While professional and practicing artists from all fields of art are invited to volunteer to teach students of Machar colony community under this program. Interested artists should submit proposals for the workshop they want to conduct with the children through email or via our mailing address.
You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each workshop will be unique, designed by the volunteer artist according to his or her field of specialism. Three associated Artists, our ambassadors, will be responsible for selecting the workshops for the year, overseeing and providing the core of this education programme. All participating artists will have the opportunity to volunteer to teach as well as exhibit as part of CFC at the Machar art Exhibit.
The Machar art exhibition will be held at the end of the program where all the children's and artist's work will be put on display.
Arrange a one off lecture which enables children to develop their understanding of art and the cultural context within which it is made.
Organize afield trip to expose the students to the world of art to show how art work is professionally and practically made. It could be a visit to a workshop or factory to instill an understanding of the day to day use and development of art and the inspiration behind it.
Artists Sign up to teach ART this year!!
Since March 2000, through CFC's Community Driven Development Project the organization has made efforts to counter the deplorable conditions of Mohammadi/ Machar Colony. Mohammadi Colony is located in Karachi , behind the railroad tracks on Maripur Road . Its illegal status deprives it of water, sanitation, education and health care. At this point CFC's most dominating component in the Community Driven Project is Education and Using art to raise awareness and funds is exactly what CFC aimed at as part of its education component in Mohammadi colony .
Machar Art Program
Since 2006, CFC organizes an annual summer art program which brings professional artists, art teachers, photographers and ceramic artists into Mohammadi Machar Colony schools to facilitate art workshops for the community’s children. This program aims to address issues of disenfranchisement by introducing a new form of expression for the children. Art is used as therapy, as expression and as recreation to allow children from the colony to tell stories about their lives and through this process, develop a cohesive community narrative.
Machar Art Exhibition 2009
Each year since 2006 , Machar art has grown and expanded through the involvement of more schools from the colony, introduction of new art mediums and building on participants skill level by making breaking classes up into basic and advanced levels.
This year five schools from Mohammadi colony participated with the total number of students exceeding 250. Art and photography classes were conducted on basic (for new recruits) and advanced (for returning students) levels. This was also the first year that clay was introduced as an art component.
Our Art Coordinator Adnan Lotia together with artists Saleem Ansari, Hina Farooqui and Zohaib Zuby handled the art component. Photography was overseen by four year vetran Photography Coordinator Kohi Marri along with esteemed professional photographers, Arif Mehmood, Tapu Javeri, Yousuf Bashir, Stephan Andrew. We were also excited this year to welcome two up and coming young photographers, Mustafa Mohsin and Jamal Ashiqain. Helping the professionals out was a team of thirteen interns most of whom were first year students from The Karachi School of Arts.
This year the Exhibition will be held to display the artwork of the students along with their teacher on October 2-5, 2009.
Machar Art Exhibition 2008
One of the major objectives of CFC's Art Program is to provide a safe space for creative expression; to allow vulnerable and marginalized children to just enjoy being children. In addition, this year’s program is also part of CFC's ongoing commitment to enhancing mental health. The program this year has a therapeutic component based on community applications of Narrative Therapy, which proposes that everyone gives meaning to their lives and life events by telling stories. The narrative allows children to develop a sense of personal belonging and identity, externalize issues, affectively problem solving, and shape their future decisions.
The artworks on show were executed by the children of Kiran Academy (30), Gulshan-e-Yasmin (40), Ayesha Secondary School (30), and The Citizen's Foundation (30) Schools of the Colony.
- The total number of students who participated was 140.
- The total number of art work produced during the program is 1320 art + 2,400 photographs = 3,720
- The total number of work displayed at the exhibition was 175 of which 139 were the children's work.
An annual exhibition was held to display artwork and photography to raise awareness for the Colony. CFC held a Press Conference on August 22nd, 2008. The exhibit was open to the public from August 22-24, 2008 at The Elephant Warehouse.
Artists and Photographers Involved
Habib Bank Limited
Unilever Pakistan Blue Band Brand
Unilever Pakistan - Lipton Brand
Mediators Private Limited
Kodak- Inara Digital Studio
Media Coverage of Event:
Machar Art Exhibition 2007
The 2nd Annual Summer Art Internship Program was launched in four schools. The internship recruited art students to facilitate the art program in the Colony. They were responsible for imparting basic art skills to students living in the Colony in order to introduce children to the process of creation. They also instructed students on issues regarding hygiene, sanitation, and pollution. The curriculum incorporated sketching, collages, watercolors, mehndi, pastels, basic coloring, and other craft making et cetera. Art supplies were provided to the students. The program created over 500 paintings. Over 200 community students participated in the program.
An exhibition was held to display artwork to raise awareness for the Colony. CFC held a Press Conference on September 8, 2007. The exhibit was open to the public from September 8-15, 2007, at The Commune Artist Colony.
Dr. Altamash Kamal
Yousuf Bashir Qureshi
Habib Bank Limited
Hong Kong shanghai bank
James Finlay Limited Pakistan
Unilever Pakistan - Walls Brand
Commune Artist Colony
Machar Art Exhibition 2006
The CFC Summer Art Internship Program was launched in five schools. The internship recruited art college students to facilitate the art program in the Colony. They were responsible for imparting basic art skills to students living in the Colony in order to introduce children to the process of creation. The art curriculum incorporated sketching, still life, water color, pastels, basic coloring, et cetera. Art supplies were provided to the students. The program created over 1200 paintings. Over 800 community students participated in this 6 week program.
Art Exhibition was held displaying the student’s art work on September 1-5, 2006 at the Alliance Francaise in an effort to raise funds for the CFC Community Driven Development Project.