Alliance Francaise Karachi

Alliance Francaise is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural exchange between Pakistan and France through interdisciplinary discourse by holding exhibitions, performances, lectures, and workshops. Matching the hues of a sunset, the yellow building resembles a Colonial Era villa with a courtyard in the center – a sight that contrasts with the glass and concrete architecture of the metropolis. This was designed by Pakistan’s leading architect Habib Fida Ali in the 1980s. Its Art Gallery has been an important not-for-profit space in Karachi and hosted many important shows since its inception. Recently it was refurbished and renamed Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Art Gallery. It was one of the venues of the first Karachi Biennale.

Artists
Alice Kettle
Ali Kazim
Waseem Ahmed
Kiran Saleem
Sana Arjumand
Abdullah M.I. Syed
Sadaf Naeem
Meher Afroz
Wolfgang Spahn

NED City Campus

The Nadirshaw Eduljee Dinshaw University popularly known as NED was founded in 1921, making it one of the oldest universities in Pakistan. Initially the institution solely aimed to train civil engineers, but now areas of study range from science to architecture, and its coursework is a testament to cross disciplinary academic exchange. In 2001, the university started the restoration of its old Campus buildings which are located in the heritage core of Karachi.

Artists
James Alec hardy
Naima Dadabhoy
Simeen Farhat
Abdul Halik Azeez
Omer Wasim
Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind

Frere Hall

Frere Hall stands stubborn in its purpose, depicted by its Gothic style architecture and communal gardens in the heart of Karachi. Built in 1863 to serve as a town hall, Frere Hall now functions as a library and exhibition space. Its first floor occupies the Sadequain Gallery which is named after the artist whose iconic mural titled Ilm o Amal is painted on the ceiling of the large hall.

After 1947, the Frere Hall housed archeological artifacts that were later moved to the National Museum. Its grounds have been the site of countless important colonial and post -independence ceremonies. It was one of the 12 venues of the first Karachi Biennale.

Artists
Adeela Suleman
Rashid Rana
Atif Khan
Imran Qureshi

IVS Gallery

The Gallery is located at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. The IVS Gallery is housed in the reconstructed 100 years old Nusserwanjee Building. The building was dismantled at its original location in Kharadar. The stone prices were transported and used to reconstruct the old building at its current site in 2001. It was the venue of the first Karachi Biennale.

Artists
Noorjehan Bilgrami, Zarmeene Shah, Marvi Mazhar, Tariq Alexander Qaiser, Sohail Zuberi, Sadia Salim (Group)

Bagh Ibne Qasim

This is Karachi’s largest urban park. Built in 2007 to commemorate the historic figure of Muhammad Bin Qasim, it stretches over 130 acres and within its grounds are located a cluster of heritage buildings. This includes the bandstand, an elevated pergola graciously donated by Kawasji Hormusji Katrak almost a century ago.

The Kothari Parade, a pavilion and the Lady Lloyd Promenade Pier were gifted to the city in 1920s by Sir Jehangir Hormasji Kothari, an eminent philanthropist.

Bin Qasim (1)
Yasir Husain 
Folke Koebberling
Christianne Geofroy 
Naila Mehmood
Jurgen Nefzger
Laureana Toledo
Lyla Rye
Usman Ghori
Susanne Kriemann 
Pooja Iranna
Natasha Jozi
Bin Qasim (3)
Seema Nusrat                                                                   
Adeel Uz Zafar, Rabeya Jalil, Abid Aslam – Book project 
Studer van der Berg
Juan Pablo Echeverri
Durriya Kazi 
Arsalan Nasir 
Shazia Zuberi 
Arshad Faruqui and Nurayah Sheikh Nabi
Elia Nurvista 
Serge Attukwei Clottey 
Ursula Biemann
Yassine Balbzioui
Tamrat  Gezahegne
Quddus Mirza 
Natasha Jozi 
Shahid Rassam
Artists
Bin Qasim Park (2) 
Amin Gulgee
Abdul Jabbar Gul
RM Naeem
Seher Naveed
Sarah Pagganwala
Hamra Abbas
Syed Faraz Ali
Jamil Baloch
Waheeda Bano Baloch
Henrik Mayer and Martin Keil – REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT
Basir Mahmood
Carlo Galli
Imran Ahmed
Asma Mundrawala
Sohail Zuberi
Sinta Tantra
Tofiq Pasha
Qinza
Zain Ahmed
Sheema Kermani

Karachi Zoo

The Karachi Zoo remains an untold tale of transformation, boasting a unique historical trajectory of once being the site of an East India Company factory in 1799. Although in 1833, the government reclaimed the gardens under the name of Sarkari Bagh, only to be transferred to the municipality in 1869 and renamed as Rani Bagh. Evolving into a space for political gatherings, in 1934, the site became Mahatma Gandhi Garden. Following the independence of Pakistan, the name was officially changed to Zoological Garden. Today the Garden attracts a large number of visitors. It is home to some of the oldest trees in the city and its dense vegetation serves as lungs for a densely populated area of old Karachi.

Artists
Irfan Gul
Sven Johne
Mohsin Keiany
Ranu Mukherjee
Imran Hunzai
Abdullah Syed
Khalil Chishtee
Farhan Alam
Victorine Mueller
Munawar Ali Syed
Qinza Najm and Saks Afridi
Nabahat Lotia

VM Art Gallery

In June 1987, Mr. Mohammad Aly Rangoonwala , a prominent industrialist established the non-profit V.M. Art Gallery with a focus on supporting and exhibiting the artistic endeavors of local as well as international artists, unfettered by commercial impetus. It is located on the first floor of the ZVMG Rangoonwala Community Hall. In the last three decades, its founding curator/ director Riffat Alvi has been instrumental in developing VM Gallery as an art hub, particularly for emerging artists. It was the venue of the first Karachi Biennale.

Artists
Navjot Altaf
Robbie Cornelissen and Karin van Dam
Manisha Gera Baswani
Carmela Cosco
Libby Hague