Vasl is an artist-led organisation established in 1999, in Karachi, as a platform for dynamic Pakistani art and contemporary Pakistani artists and as a space to host artists' workshops and residencies.
Vasl began as an idea discussed amongst a few artists in 1999. The group dreamt of a platform for dynamic Pakistani art and contemporary Pakistani artists. With the help of Triangle Network they committed themselves to creating spaces for exchange of ideas through our residencies and workshops.
Vasl is the first art organisation of its kind in Pakistan and has, since it's conception, grown rapidly in size and in popularity, aiding countless artists with the development of both their work and careers and contributing greatly to the art community in Karachi. By introducing the idea of local residencies and hosting international residencies, local Pakistani artists have the opportunity to interact with foreign artists from all over the world.
As well as it's local and international residency programme and community outreach workshops, Vasl also hosts a multitude of artists talks, events, study groups and other projects- information on all of these, and on Vasl's exciting plans to expand in the near future, is available on their website. There is also access to their study blog, a vast number of artist profiles, and a number of written essays available to download.
Vasl is now also extending to Lahore and Islamabad and will now be hosting the International Pilot Residency in Rawalpindi, Islamabad. By being an active part of its local Pakistani community Vasl hopes to assimilate the art scene as an integral part of the society.