HUNERKADA College of Visual and performing Arts is a response to the necessity that has always played a very significant part in the development of man and his milieu. It has been one of the most effective and harmless means of communication throughout the history of mankind by being a catalyst in making people aware of their situations and surroundings, encouraging them to become partners in the process of change.
Ours fortunately is a land that can boast of being one of the oldest, and the most enviable cultural heritage in the world. The same proud resources, ironically, have also been a victim of the worst form of neglect due to lack of vision and responsibility on the part of apathetic decision-makers responsible for creating an almost un-bridgeable abyss between our proud past and not so happy present.
Hunerkada, therefore is also an initiative by a group of concerned professionals aiming to bridge this seemingly infinite divide between our misdirected potential and the damage that has been done so far.
Hunerkada is a project of the Artist Association of Pakistan registered under Registration of Societies Act XXI of 1860 registration No.RS/ICT/167 of 1992.
HUNERKADA was founded in 1992 in Islamabad as a non-government and not-for-profit College with a committed program of propagating and promoting Visual and Performing Arts. It offers a four-year Degree program in Fine Arts and Design in affiliation with the University of Baluchistan. Hunerkada also has a masters program in process with the said university. HUNERKADA has a branch in Lahore as part of its policy of establishing branches in all major cities.
The college has also applied for a degree awarding charter as an autonomous institution offering all disciplines of visual & performing arts. The performing arts section at the moment is covered through informal training in theatre, TV production and music with the aim of upgrading it to a formally structured degree program.
Hunerkada has a board of Governors comprising leading, professionals and intellectuals from different walks of life including visual and performing Arts; it has a highly qualified faculty and a capable administration. The college plans to build its main campus on a beautiful location in Islamabad which will have the capacity to accommodate, a sizable student body along with a hostel, faculty quarters and accommodation for foreign scholars/students wishing to study or conducting research in oriental/ Asian Arts, crafts and Music of this region.
The college is committed to the goal of not for profit promotion of Art in a region that desperately needs a revival and continuity of its rich Art traditions.
Hunerkada, through sheer hard work and commitment to its lofty ideals, is fast becoming a place where the quality time spent at by a seeker of knowledge has precedence over the conventional desire of procuring a degree. HUNERKADA is committed to encouraging a more professional, potent and progressive out look towards the discipline of Art teaching as well as Art making. In short, HUNERKADA wants to establish a dialogue, which will enable it to explore the hidden treasures within our environment, and ourselves by creating beauty, prosperity and peace.
In this reference, Hunerkada has undertaken many projects with, World Bank, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, Cold Water, BRSP and many other NGOs as consultants. The college has a capable team of highly qualified and motivated individuals from different areas of interest to contribute to such projects. Currently Hunerkada is working with UNICEF and ministry of education to develop an interactive Arts program for the community based schools in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. HUNERKADA is also developing a resource base for teaching Quranic Calligraphy and traditional Islamic Arts.