Image courtesy of the artist.
Image courtesy of the artist.

News 20 September 2017

Exhibition: Echoes of Contemplation

We are delighted to announce that alumna, Dr Veeda Ahmed, will exhibit her work at the School from 11 - 20 October 2017. She will also teach a miniature painting course in conjunction with the exhibition entitled Miniature Painting: Neem Rang and Siyah Qalam Technique.

On her exhibition, the artist writes:

Echoes of Contemplation is a contemporary body of work that draws from the knowledge of historical writings, techniques, materials and the working practices of the old miniature painters. This way of painting has been absorbed in my work over many years of practice and learning with the remaining masters of this ancient craft. In order to keep this tradition alive it is crucial to continue to use these techniques and also to share the knowledge with the coming generation of artists. Although time consuming, if we continue to incorporate these age old techniques in our artwork today, the amazing luminosity that is found in old miniature paintings can be retained for generations to come.

Exhibition Hours
Wednesday - Thursday, 11-12 October 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 13 October 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 14 October 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday - Wednesday, 16 - 18 October 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM*
Thursday -Friday, 19-20 October 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM*

*Please note that during this week, Dr Ahmed will be teaching a course in her exhibition.


Dr Ahmed initially trained as a painter and sculptor, completing her MFA at the Department of Fine Arts, University of the Punjab, Lahore. She went on to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford. Upon her return to Pakistan, she continued to draw, paint and exhibit in numerous group shows before moving to London in 1990. She completed her Doctorate at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, and the title of her practice based PhD thesis is Drawing on Tradition: The recognition and relevance of the elements of Persian, Mughal and Pahari drawing and painting in the contemporary art practice of Indo-Pakistan. She is a member of the Chelsea Art Society, and The Islamic Manuscript Association.

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