Art should not be limited to a specific class of people, nor should it be restricted to being displayed at fancy galleries. It should be open to diverse interpretations by its viewers and although the message might appear vague, it still succeeds in reflecting the audience.

And a perfect example of this was the PeaceNiche Public Art Project, which in collaboration with various artists put together an event that transcended socio–economic barriers; bringing about an appreciation for artistic expression through various mediums and creating a sense of unity.

The event was held at The Second Floor (T2f)  from September 28, 2012 and went on until September 30, 2012.

It served as a platform for both established and aspiring artists to come together, share ideas, knowledge and present their works.

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Handpainted vibrant tin cups with a painting in the background — Photo by Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com
Handpainted vibrant tin cups with a painting in the background — Photo by Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com
Sumaiyya Jilani, creator of ‘Desi Marilyn’ painting live at the Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com
Sumaiyya Jilani, creator of ‘Desi Marilyn’ painting live at the Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com
Live painting by Shamira Mahpara. — Photo by Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com
Live painting by Shamira Mahpara. — Photo by Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com
A visitor admiring art work by Shanzay Sabzwari. — Photo by Shameen Khan
A visitor admiring art work by Shanzay Sabzwari. — Photo by Shameen Khan
Inaaya, a four year old visitor all set to paint a mandala, at the mandala workshop, T2F, Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar, Karachi. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Inaaya, a four year old visitor all set to paint a mandala, at the mandala workshop, T2F, Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar, Karachi. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A view of the art pop ups at Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A view of the art pop ups at Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
(L) A painting of music artist Nazia Hasan and (R) Writer/ Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz by Shanzay Sabzwari. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
(L) A painting of music artist Nazia Hasan and (R) Writer/ Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz by Shanzay Sabzwari. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Handmade lights by Owais Haji. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Handmade lights by Owais Haji. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Art work by Mishaal Rinch. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Art work by Mishaal Rinch. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Art work by Mishaal Rinch. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Art work by Mishaal Rinch. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
‘Shikari’ a local band formed by Safwan Sabzwari and Anthony Galli (lead guitar) stirred the night by bringing a blend of folk and new age rock music with Faisal Gill on the rubab/violin, Rizwan on tabla, Salman on the harmonium and Ali Ashraf on rhythm guitars. The backing vocalist for Shikari was Kulsoom. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
‘Shikari’ a local band formed by Safwan Sabzwari and Anthony Galli (lead guitar) stirred the night by bringing a blend of folk and new age rock music with Faisal Gill on the rubab/violin, Rizwan on tabla, Salman on the harmonium and Ali Ashraf on rhythm guitars. The backing vocalist for Shikari was Kulsoom. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Live Painting at the Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Live Painting at the Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A view of the empty plot next to the venue where all the live performances were held all three days of the art bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A view of the empty plot next to the venue where all the live performances were held all three days of the art bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A Fresco by a Truck Artist. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A Fresco by a Truck Artist. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A view of the empty plot next to the venue where all the live performances were held all three days of the art bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A view of the empty plot next to the venue where all the live performances were held all three days of the art bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
The performance by Farhad left the crowd enchanted and hungry for more, but like all good things the event had to come to a close. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
The performance by Farhad left the crowd enchanted and hungry for more, but like all good things the event had to come to a close. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Farhad Humayun brought a distinct flavor combined with star-power towards the end of the event. Farhad is a drummer/singer for Overload, initially a drum and dhol based band that has now started incorporating electronic music elements and sufi verses. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Farhad Humayun brought a distinct flavor combined with star-power towards the end of the event. Farhad is a drummer/singer for Overload, initially a drum and dhol based band that has now started incorporating electronic music elements and sufi verses. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Fans crowd super star, Farhad Humayun of Overload at T2F cafe, Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar, Karachi. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Fans crowd super star, Farhad Humayun of Overload at T2F cafe, Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar, Karachi. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Photography by Musfira Shafi. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Photography by Musfira Shafi. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Visitors admire the work of artist and musician Safwan Sabzwari at T2f, Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Visitors admire the work of artist and musician Safwan Sabzwari at T2f, Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A painting by Shanzay Sabzwari depicting her understanding to the feelings of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam and his sister Fatima Jinnah. The artist said that with all mishaps in the country, this is how these people in the painting feel, they cannot speak if they wish to, they cannot make a difference. All that they could do, they did, now it is our turn; "Their lips are sealed". — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A painting by Shanzay Sabzwari depicting her understanding to the feelings of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam and his sister Fatima Jinnah. The artist said that with all mishaps in the country, this is how these people in the painting feel, they cannot speak if they wish to, they cannot make a difference. All that they could do, they did, now it is our turn; "Their lips are sealed". — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Artwork by Raania Durrani. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Artwork by Raania Durrani. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A rather fascinating photography display, titled ‘Shutter Down’ was also prearranged by Insiya Syed (a photographer herself) later in the evening, displaying works of Akhtar Soomro, Ali Reza Mumtaz, Amean J,Humayun Memon, Khaula Jamil,  Kohi Marri,  Nadir Toosy, Omar Kasmani,  Sitwat Rizvi and Yasir Nisar

These photos were projected on shop shutters across the road to encourage streetwalkers to participate in the slideshow. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
A rather fascinating photography display, titled ‘Shutter Down’ was also prearranged by Insiya Syed (a photographer herself) later in the evening, displaying works of Akhtar Soomro, Ali Reza Mumtaz, Amean J,Humayun Memon, Khaula Jamil, Kohi Marri, Nadir Toosy, Omar Kasmani, Sitwat Rizvi and Yasir Nisar These photos were projected on shop shutters across the road to encourage streetwalkers to participate in the slideshow. — Photo by Shameen Khan/Dawn.com
Art work by Mishaal Rinch. — Photo by Shameen Khan
Art work by Mishaal Rinch. — Photo by Shameen Khan

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dido
Oct 03, 2012 05:42pm
beautiful n amazing! so fantastic
JaiRam
Oct 03, 2012 04:12am
Beautiful. I have always known that Pakistan has got a side which has been off lately muted by the ever so pronounced mullahs and hardliners who grabbed most ears. I would want to buy these if they are made available in India. I am sure there is a market for these arts. Probably using the now newly opened conduits of trade and building mutual respect.