iran art.jpgAfter the tour of Iran’s biggest museum for contemporary art in Tehran, visual artists and journalists are now undergoing training workshops that will end on Friday the 23rd of July.



Niloofar Amini who has been coordinating the programme for the 17th International Festival of Visual Arts for the Youth in Iran, said: “The workshops and exhibitions as well as touring of the Tehran museum of contemporary art is meant to allow artists to know and cherish the original work as it is important to let them familiarize with the works of some of the world’s greatest artists such as Pablo Picasso – a Spanish painter, sculptor who has the most important artist of the 20th Century, Hungarian painter Victor Vasarely, French painter George Braque, Italian painter  and sculptor Umberto Boccioni among others.”


Dr Mohamood Shalooei said art has so many unspoken words and it has produced many fresh principles and insights.


It is hoped that the young African artists who took part in the festival may perhaps one day have the opportunity to have their works being displayed in the collection at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.


This year, Africa was represented by Lance Marimo and Angeline Dimingo from Zimbabwe, Shaha Mohammad and Abu Shiri Ali from Tanzania, Yelli Ndoye from Senegal, Siadeya Buernorkour Puplampu from Ghana and Hassan Mohammed Athumaz from Kenya.


Zimbabwean Lance Marimo scooped the first Gold Prize in the painting category. Three artists were awarded special prizes for their artwork on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla. These are Farzanch Vazlrtabar, Meymanet Shahini and Emadeddin Adadin all from the Islamic Republic of Iran.


The manager of the festival, Mohammad Reza Amini, said it is important to host such festivals in Iran because they bring closer connection between Iranian artists and international contemporary artists.


“They also help to enhance educational level of Iran modern art as well as helping to encourage Iranian researchers and artists to produce an art encyclopedia and finally to encourage competition among artists,” he said.


Workshops and exhibitions end on the 23rd of July 2010 and in other provinces such as Goolestan, art activities will take place until the 30th. This includes a puppet art festival which has also drawn various countries and artists from Anbervilliers in France.


Whilst Niloofar Amini was responsible for painting workshops, Saeed Sadeghi conducted photography workshops, whilst pottery and sculpture workshops were conducted by Nahid Avazzadeh and Yahya Shariati.


International committee member in charge of the festival, Mohannad Reza Davarzani, also saw it fit to honour journalists who participated in the festival with certificates and special plaque, which shows the country’s history of the Balakhiaban Sanctuary, courtesy of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation together with the International Festival of Visual Arts 2010.


A catalogue featuring works on display and the winners will also be made available. Apart from the visual art festival, the 64th Avignon Theatre Festival is also taking place and will end on July 27.


Iran is also participating with several other theatre groups from Thailand, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, India and Spain.


Since its inception by Jeaz Vilas in 1947, the Avigon Theatre Festival has become an international platform for the performing arts, gathering artists and audiences from all around the world.


A photo exhibition is also underway at the Tehran Aran Gallery. The exhibition features photos taken by a group of veteran photographs. Some photos are highlighting Tehran’s bombardment by the Iraqi during the Iran – Iraq war from 1980 to 1988.


Iran is indeed a hive of arts activities this summer as most artists have descended in the capital Tehran for a feast of festivities until July 30.