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Very Graphic exhibition ends today

Update : 06 Dec 2013, 06:48 PM

The 3 week Very Graphic! The Art of Storytelling in Graphic Detail exhibition organized by the British Council and the Bengal Art Lounge with the support of Bellissimo Ice-cream, will come to an end today through a closing ceremony at 6pm.

The joint Bengal Foundation and British Council ceremony will be officiated by Zeenat Chowdhury, Director, Bengal Foundation, Robin Davies, Director of Programmes and Partnerships, British Council and Professor Kaiser Haq, Department of English, University of Dhaka.

The announcement of the open call for graphic short-story submissions will be made at the event. Submission criteria and guidelines will be available on the websites of the British Council and Bengal Foundation from December 15. The speeches will be followed by the screening of a short video about the participating artists and an acoustic concert of original songs by Nemesis.

The Very Graphic! Exhibition featured works by Rafiqun Nabi, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Ahsan Habib, Karrie Fransman (UK), Steven Harris (UK), Mehedi Haque, Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, Samir Asran Rahman, Sabyasachi Mistry, Nuhash Humayun, Anika Mariam Ahmed, Asifur Rahman, Faridur Rahman Razib, Kazi Istela Imam, Rio Shuvo, Salzar Rahman, Zeeshan Khan and Tabassum Salma.

Close to 1,000 visitors flocked to Very Graphic! The Art of Storytelling in Graphic Detail. The exhibition included drawings, digital artworks, videos, and phenakistoscope (18th century animation device). A 3-day long fair was organized during the exhibition inviting visitors, artists and children to participate in drawing and storytelling workshops. The workshops included a children’s story time led by Monasa Learning Centre using the illustrations of Sabyasachi Mistry for the publication Tui Tu Tum (Hotiti Press). Visiting artist Karrie Fransman and Steven J Harris led workshops of character development and the graphic novel. Bellissimo Ice-cream organized ice-cream naming competitions and visitors had the opportunity to win Bellissimo gift certificates.

The exhibition and anthology are part of a long-term commitment by the British Council to develop the creative economy of Bangladesh, encourage and facilitate exchange between the UK and Bangladesh and develop the publishing industry in Bangladesh. The British Council and the Bengal Foundation are keen to progress their partnership and continue to explore how the various creative industries of Bangladesh, including film, fashion and design, music and literary publishing, can, with further personal and institutional connections and exchanges with the UK, flourish and contribute to the Bangladesh cultural economy. 

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