Week of Fine Arts On the 21st-25th of April, 2010 the 7th Week of Fine Arts +5 was organized at the Central Exhibition Hall of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, the Tashkent House of Photography, the International Caravanserai of Culture, the Museum of Applied Arts, in the Republic of Karakalpakstan and in all provinces of the country.

Artists, art critics, faculty, students, fans and connoisseurs of art took part in the event organized by the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan in line with the «Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation» National Program.

From year to year, the Fine Arts Week is attracting greater public attention. The purpose of the event is to promote rich spiritual and cultural heritage of the past and achievements of today in the national art, and, most importantly, to support young artists whose art and creativity flourished in the years of independence, and to introduce them to the general public.

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It has become a tradition for the renowned artists living in the capital city to travel to remote part of the country in the framework of the «Week of Fine Arts +5» to deliver master classes.

The Week’s programme was designed in such a way that each day of the Week was dedicated to a particular kind of art.

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Spectators and participants acquainted themselves with the expositions of ceramics, miniature painting and photography, and learned from the experts who conducted master classes, sharing the secrets of their mastery not only with art schools students, but also with those who were still considering their vocational choices. Carried away by the scene they witnessed, the viewers and fans spent hours on end watching the artists creating their works in front of the enthusiastic audience. Everyone delighted in the performance of junior participants, the students of an art boarding school, who, despite their young age, confidently wielded their brushes or crayons.

Great practical help to beginner artists was given by renowned art critics who attended round table discussions dedicated to the current issues in contemporary fine art.

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The gem of the Fine Arts Week was a concert given by young performers, a fashion contest show of traditional costume organized by the faculty and students of the National Institute of Arts and Design named after K. Behzad, as well as the show of documentary films about the masters of fine and applied arts, the 5th Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, and «Style.UZ-2009» fashion show.

During the Week, in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, in many provinces, districts and cities of the country, namely in Bukhara, Navoi, Andijan, Surkhandarya, Samarqand and Kashkadarya (the cities of Karshi and Shahrizabs) provinces, in Nurata and other districts people organized master classes and fashion shows of designer groups; in Shakhrisabz, in the Oq Saroi site they held youth festival and a knowledge quiz; Andijan, besides other events, hosted a personal exhibition of N. Holikov; and the city of Nukus presented a musical program and an exhibition titled «My Profession of Choice». These events engaged students of art schools, creativity centres and art boarding schools, as well as masters of fine and decorative/applied art.

Week of Fine Arts Guests and participants of the events were such famous artists as B. Nazarov, I. Valihojaev, I. Mansurov, M. Tashmuradov, F. Ahmadaliev, B. Obidov, S. Abdullaev and others, as well as staff members of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan.

At the end of the festivity — and the 7th Week of Fine Arts +5 undoubtedly was one — medals were awarded to the winners of competitions, and the participants received diplomas and memorable gifts.

Week of Fine Arts The Fine Arts Week has once again met the expectations of the organizers and served the purpose of preserving, strengthening and furthering the interaction of masters, students, viewers and art critics. Open discourse among all parties involved shall facilitate further development of artistic taste and introduction to the secrets of mastery and art.

Activities aimed at consistent and progressive development of fine arts, studies and conservation of the invaluable spiritual heritage, and the introduction of young people to it, contribute to the young people’s spiritual and aesthetic education, enriching them with invaluable knowledge.

By Yulduz Mirhurozova