By Nigar Orujova
The Art Garden Restaurant in the Old City has hosted a celebratory evening dedicated to the results of the BACARART project, which is implemented for two consecutive years by the YARAT organization and the State Committee for the Affairs of Families, Women and Children.
The large-scale charity exhibition and sale was attended by Hijran Huseynova, Chairman of the State Committee, Aida Mahmudova, founder and head of the YARAT Contemporary Art Space, culture and art, public figures, representatives of diplomatic missions and creative young people.
“The main objective of the project remains the development of creative potential of talented children from different districts of Azerbaijan,” Huseynova said at the opening ceremony. “Our country has always been rich in gifted children, and the BACARART project, aimed at supporting the creative abilities of children from low-income families, helped to identify the talents of the gifted young artists.”
Project participants were rewarded with diplomas and prizes. A video on the BACARART project implementation, as well as concert program of pupils of music school named after Bulbul was presented to the guests of the evening.
Artists including Ramal Kazimov, Vusal Rahim, Sitara Ibrahimova and Reza Hazare took part in this year project. Under their guidance, the young BACARART participants mastered the basics of composition, drawing, collage and photography.
This year, the project has involved eleven areas of Azerbaijan: the regions of Goygol, Sabirabad, Ismailli, Zardab, Hajigabul, Zaqatala, Saatly, Qabala, Goranboy, Agdam and the municipality of Shuvalan.
During the first phase of the project, fifty talented children and teenagers gathered in the two regional centers of Saatly and Goygol, organized by the State Committee for the Affairs of Families, Women and Children. Ten instructors from the Committee were involved in the process and supervised the work.
During the second phase, the participants continued to get to know each other at the summer school, organized at the resort town of Markhal in Shaki.
Over ten days they visited The Palace of Shaki Khans, situated just outside the town, the Gelersen-Geresen Fortress (18th - 19th centuries), the Dzhuma Mosque (18th century), the Kish Fortress and Mausoleum, the Yukhary-Chardakhlar Fortress (4th century BC - 5th century AD) and the Tower and Temple of Orta-Zeizit, as well as other architectural sites.
The picturesque landscape, the distance from the bustle of the city, and the relaxed atmosphere all contributed to help bring out the potential of each child.
As a result, 150 art pieces and over 80 photographs were produced; but for the official phase of the project, only the best 19 photographs and 41 art pieces were chosen.
The proceeds of the charity exhibition-auction will be donated to the families of the thirty finalists, and will be used to further develop their talents.