A silent art auction and fund-raising reception was held in Gulshan, Dhaka on Saturday to promote and support female artists in the country.
Titled “Women in the Arts,” the event was organized by the Dhaka American Women’s Club (DAWC) at the Edge Gallery, with the support of Edge the Foundation and the Swiss Embassy. All proceeds will go to programs working with young female and child artists.
Art lovers and philanthropists gathered at the event that featured artwork from 22 leading female artists in Bangladesh, including architect Marina Tabassum, sculptor Ivy Zaman, designer Bibi Russell, and painters Rokeya Sultana, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa and Gulshan Hossain.
Ferdousi Priyabhashini, renowned Bangladeshi sculptor and a freedom fighter who recently passed away, was remembered with due reverence.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh René Holenstein, DAWC President Taheerah Haq, Edge the Foundation’s Minaal Chowdhury, and Ferdousi’s daughter Fuleshwary Priyanandini attended the event, among others.
“Of all Bangladesh’s strengths – and there are so many – the arts just continue to stand out. Whether it’s poetry, music or dance – but there is just something about the paintings. It really speaks to the abundance of expression here,” said Bernicat.
Holenstein said: “We must build a future where women are the real architects, not only in the arts, but in the whole of society.”
Gourmet Bazaar was the main sponsor of the event. Other sponsors included Apex, Kazi Farms, Standard Chartered, Nelo’s, Lucy Gold, OrganiKare, and KK Tea.