PNCA organized workshop on “Urban Nature: Transformation and Transference” in accordance of Women’s Day 2024

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The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) hosted today a thought-provoking workshop titled “Urban Nature: Transformation and Transference”. Facilitated by renowned moderators Nameera Najib, an architect and artist, and Tayeba Batool, an academic writer, the event aimed to explore creative ways of examining human-nature relationships within urban settings.

The workshop, held in celebration of Women’s Day 2024, received an overwhelming response from participants who eagerly engaged in a variety of activities, including listening exercises, writing prompts, and printmaking sessions. Attendees were encouraged to reflect on concepts such as urban nature, multispecies interactions, and the presence of animals and nonhumans in urban environments.

One of the highlights of the event was the exploration of etching techniques on linoleum sheets, allowing participants to express their perspectives on urban nature through visual art. Additionally, sensory storytelling practices provided a unique opportunity for attendees to share personal narratives and connect with the natural world in meaningful ways.

Participants expressed their enthusiasm for the workshop, praising the moderators for their insightful facilitation and the opportunity to engage in creative conversations about the city and its environment. Many noted that the event provided a refreshing perspective on urban life and inspired them to rethink their relationship with nature in urban settings.

“We are delighted by the success of the workshop and thrilled to see the positive feedback from participants,” said Nameera Najib and Tayeba Batool, the workshop moderators. “Our goal was to encourage participants to explore new ways of thinking about urban nature, and we are thrilled that the event resonated with so many individuals.”

The Ms. Mariam Ahmed, Director of Visual Arts Division at PNCA highlighted the workshop’s significance, stating, “The purpose of this workshop was to provide a platform for these upcoming artists and researchers to interact with the general public and fellow artists. Additionally, it aimed to give Nameera Najib and Tayeba Batool a boost in their research endeavors. PNCA is dedicated to the promotion of arts and artists, and workshops like these exemplify our commitment to fostering creativity and engagement within the community.”

The workshop was open to all adults who were interested in artistic techniques and creative discussions about the city and its environment. All materials were provided.

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