“Aboriginal Dreams,” 2010. Exhibition view at IVS Gallery, Karachi. Courtesy IVS Gallery
Located in the East Wing of the historic Nusserwanjee building—which was relocated brick by brick from downtown Karachi to form two impressive blocks of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture campus, and dedicated to the late celebrated artist Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq—the IVS Gallery was established to promote art and art education. The gallery features solo and group shows of local, national, and international artists, from emerging talents to veteran professionals, as well as collaborative exhibitions of art, and presents lectures and seminars by participating artists and scholars. It also arranges book launches and academic discussions whenever it comes across a good project.
IVS Gallery serves as a learning resource for students of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, who are the direct beneficiaries, and for other institutions in the city. A series of exhibitions by new and old artists has been showcased in the gallery, resulting in the generation of discussions and energy throughout the art community. The gallery also has a comprehensive display of catalogues, IVS publications, and art magazines, which serve as resource material for art students, research scholars, writers, and art historians.
The revitalization of the gallery is one of the objectives of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture: to promote art and art education, and to provide the artist community with a platform to project its ideas and concerns through art.