November 29, 2020

Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi

آرٹس کونسل آف پاکستان کراچی‎


The Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi is the arguably the finest non-profit organization in the country today for Fine Arts and Performing Arts. With state of the art facilities made available to all segments of society, Arts Council aims to promote peace and artistic professionalism through its various in-house fine arts, theater, dance and music academies, literary conferences, artistic endeavors, and progressive events and competitive talent showcases. 

As Pakistan’s first established organization dedicated to supporting the Arts since 1954, Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi has brought together the finest social justice and human rights activists, artists of extraordinary caliber, and the most diverse performers that have put Pakistan on the global map of fame over the past six decades. 

Not only does our organization host more than 500 events a year, it also enthusiastically supports movements like women empowerment and artistic freedom, addresses social justice issues and has successfully established several socio-cultural educational initiatives for the country’s youth. Moreover, art lovers receive full exposure here to a series of formal and informal concerts at our open-air theater, amphitheaters, proscenium halls, sound recording and film studios, equipped with the finest infrastructure, conferences, galleries, libraries and literary publications.

Apart from a dedicated mission to partake, host, fund and organize holistic cultural activities, Arts Council Karachi has taken on the responsibility to educate individuals in Fine Arts, Music, Dance and Theatre under the banner of three different academies namely Arts Council Institute of Arts and Crafts (ACIAC), Arts Council Music Academy (ACMA), and Arts Council Theater & Dance Academy (ACTDA).


The Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi today is a distinguished organization committed to providing the highest quality Arts education, entertainment, engagement and infotainment for the denizens of Karachi and Pakistan enabling them to develop their intellects and talents and thereby leading them to participate effectively and holistically in society as individuals.

The seed for the formation of this organization was sowed in 1948, when a few devoted art  lovers got together and planted the idea for the formation of  a ‘Fine Arts Society of Karachi’  which eventually was named ‘The Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi’ in 1954. These were noted personalities who became the founding members of the Council and registered it with the Registrar Cooperative Societies under Societies Act 1860 on the 10th of May, 1955. 

The founding body members included renowned names comprising that of 1. Dr .(Mrs.) Esmat Rahim  2. Mr. S. Amjad Ali  3. Mr. Edward Sudran  4. Mr. G. Ahmed  5. Mr. Agha A. Hamid  6. Mr. A.R. Faridi and 7. Mr. Jalaluddin Ahmed 

The journey of Arts Council dates back to more than 66 years ago in the mind and conscience of an artistically astute and culturally rich society.
The first nominated Vice President of the Arts Council was Princess Abida Sultana, with Mr. Agha Abdul Hameed as the Secretary.

The First Executive Director of the Council was Mr. Irfan Hussain and the current Executive Director of the Council is Mr. Nadim Zafar Siddiqui.
Mr. Altaf Gohar and his colleagues toiled endlessly to get a piece of land measuring 11,270 sq. yards for the Council’s establishment, and were eventually successful in doing so during the tenure of then Chief Secretary of Sindh, Mr. A. T. Naqvi.

The ground on which the Council was eventually built and developed was originally the property of late Ms. Atiya Faizy, and with her due consent, the Karachi Municipal Corporation allotted it to the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.

In the year 1955, Mr. Rosch was brought on-board to prepare the layout and construction plan for the Council which was later on completed by Ms. Rizki Architect.

After the completion of the architectural plan, the First Lady Mrs. Viqarun Nisa Noon, wife of then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Feroz Khan Noon, formally laid the foundation stone for the Council in 1958.
Donations from philanthropists and leading personalities interested in promotion of fine arts enabled the Arts Council to have its own building in 1960. A large space of 48,900 square feet was later on reserved for facilities to be developed in the future and continues to harbor new state of the art newly constructed expansions of the organization.

Aims & Objective

The Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi is a non-commercial and non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of arts and crafts. “The Memorandum and the Articles of Association” explains fully the aims and objectives of the Council.

  • To foster and encourage the development of fine Arts and Crafts, Theater, Dance, Music, Literature, Architecture, Floral Art, Performing Arts, Film T.V., Radio Broadcast, Mass Communications, Literary Functions, Interior Designing and Sculpture.
  • To promote the study and appreciation thereof through the endeavors of various forms of Art and Culture through Exhibitions, Lectures, Workshops, Film Shows, Seminars, Stage Shows, Concerts, National and International Festivals and Performances, and Publications for the benefit of Society through Artists and the Art-lovers.
  • To organize and establish an Art Center with an art gallery, a Theater Hall, and a Library in Karachi.
  • 4. To publish an art Journal, books and pamphlets for the advancement of the aims of the Council.
  • To provide whenever possible, technical help and advice to Artists working in myriad fields whilst utilizing different mediums.
  • To establish and maintain a library of books on Arts and Crafts, the Theater and the ballet and on Music.
  • To organize an annual Art Exhibition and Musical Concerts and to produce Theater plays.
  • To co-operate with organizations having similar aims or with individuals interested in Art elsewhere for furthering the aims of the Council.
  • To purchase or acquire on lease, or in exchange, on hire or otherwise any real or personal property and any other rights or privileges necessary or convenient for the purpose of the Council.
  • To erect, construct, alter and maintain any building necessary or convenient for Council purposes.
  • To sell, improve, manage and develop all or any part of the property of the Council.
  • To enter into negotiations of contracts with individuals or organizations for the purposes of the Council.
  • To do all such lawful things that may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.