Imran Mir

Artist | Designer | Philanthropist

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Imran Mir Art Foundation Prize 2019

Established in 2015, the vision of IMAF is to maintain and advance the artistic and cultural vision of the artist Imran Mir. The IMAF foundation aims to encourage and support a broader understanding of Imran Mir’s art and design, as well as promote and foster innovative artistic expression and criticism in Pakistan.

Imran Mir (1950 – 2014) was an innovative and experimental artist, and a generous and abiding supporter of the work of fellow artists. He was also one of the founders of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. The practice of Imran Mir was strongly influenced by conceptualism and architecture. As someone who spent many years abroad, his work was in dialogue with transnational art practices, yet remained rooted in his own Karachi milieu. For those interested in exploring the life and work of Imran Mir, please visit the website

About the prize

The Imran Mir Art Prize seeks to promote emerging art practitioners based in Pakistan, who demonstrate extraordinary promise and talent. For the 2019 cycle, the award is open to all artists under the age of 30, who are currently based in Pakistan. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, and a formal degree in art is not essential. The award will be based on a juried assessment of recent existing work and will be announced in mid-September.

To learn more about Imran Mir click here.


All artists under the age of 30 and based in Pakistan are eligible to apply for the prize. Please note that if you are based outside of Karachi, you must be available to travel for the award ceremony.


The recipient of the 2019 Imran Mir Art Prize will receive 100,000 PKR and an opportunity for a year-long mentorship to develop a body of work for an exhibition in 2020.

2019 Award Jury

Natasha Ginwala, Associate Curator, Gropius Bau & Artistic Director, Gwangju Biennale 2020, Colomboscope 2021

Murtaza Vali, Independent Curator and Writer, New York City/Sharjah

Gemma Sharpe, Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center

Curatorial Advisor

Aziz Sohail, Independent Curator and Writer, Los Angeles/Karachi

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