With social change and public interaction at the core of his art, Aquil Virani asked the public what adjectives describe inspiring women and picked 26 from A to Z to feature in 26 prints. This is a portrait of Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Doris Bill.
With social change and public interaction at the core of his art, Aquil Virani asked the public what adjectives describe inspiring women and picked 26 from A to Z to feature in 26 prints. This is a portrait of Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Doris Bill.
Aquil Virani: Art as a medium for social change
Aquil Virani: Art as a medium for social change
21 March 2018

As a full-time artist, Aquil’s creative projects are not limited to one medium, but actually encompass art in multiple forms—from portrait paintings, to canvas media, and even documentaries. He says, “positive social impact is at the core of what I do” and explains that “while my artwork ranges in subject matter, the common threads are an enthusiastic engagement with the public, the recent explicit focus on portraiture, and a deep commitment to art that helps create social change.”

Introducing the official Jubilee Arts song
Introducing the official Jubilee Arts song
20 March 2018

If it is true that art is a universal language, then the official Jubilee Arts song expresses that language beautifully.

Pulodov Samandar Rustamovich: Fusing traditional with contemporary
Pulodov Samandar Rustamovich: Fusing traditional with contemporary
5 March 2018

Meet Samandar. Born and raised in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast region of Tajikistan to a Pamiri Ismaili family where music was appreciated and practiced daily.

Sakina Minhaj Shikari: Balance through art
Sakina Minhaj Shikari: Balance through art
20 February 2018

“I am a self-taught artist and I continue to learn. Finger painting in inks started as an experiment while I was a stay-at-home mom; I also began photography as an amateur but was lucky enough to get selected on Google Plus, where a community of master photographers give back to the artistic community by mentoring amateur and budding photographers on a voluntary basis,” says Sakina.

Photographer Shehzad Noorani explores the river banks of Bangladesh.
Photographer Shehzad Noorani explores the river banks of Bangladesh.
Shehzad Noorani: Capturing the moment
Shehzad Noorani: Capturing the moment
23 January 2018

For Shehzad Noorani, being a photographer isn’t about creating something out of nothing, but rather capturing authentic and genuine moments: “I do not create. I simply observe what is already there and document it with total honesty, with as little influence as possible.”

Music has always been present in brothers Zaiim and Rahy Premji’s home.
Music has always been present in brothers Zaiim and Rahy Premji’s home.
Zaiim and Rahy Premji: Music makes the world go round
Zaiim and Rahy Premji: Music makes the world go round
10 January 2018

For young musicians Zaiim (age 15) and Rahy (age 13), art plays an integral role in their daily lives and they view music as a medium that allows people in different societies to connect with their common humanity: “Music is a universal language. Art enhances dialogue and provides a medium to explore opinions. The art of music lends itself to contribute positively, to provide confidence to engage with different societies and removes the barrier of physical language communication.”

 

Poet and writer Hassan Habib Somani garners inspiration from his fellow human beings.
Poet and writer Hassan Habib Somani garners inspiration from his fellow human beings.
Hassan Habib Somani: Poetry in motion
Hassan Habib Somani: Poetry in motion
20 December 2017

“I was born a poet; I pursued writing because of the motivation given by my inspiring teachers.” This is how Hassan describes his affinity to verse and the written word.

Ameera follows the beat of her heart while performing a classical Kathak dance.
Ameera follows the beat of her heart while performing a classical Kathak dance.
Ameera Nimjee: Dancing to her own tune
Ameera Nimjee: Dancing to her own tune
2 December 2017

Music has always played a big role in Ameera Nimjee’s life. At the age of four she began taking piano lessons and that marked the beginning of a love affair that would eventually see her pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
10 November 2017

Interested in learning more about Jubilee Arts? Our FAQ page has up-to-date information about Jubilee Arts so that those who are interested are able to get the answers they are looking for.

What will you create?
9 November 2017

Whatever your creative passion, Jubilee Arts will unleash and celebrate these talents in countries all over the world.

Ismaili artists worldwide will showcase talents through Jubilee Arts
Ismaili artists worldwide will showcase talents through Jubilee Arts
28 October 2017
Jubilee Arts is a new international programme to be established during the Diamond Jubilee year to celebrate the Jamat’s vast artistic skills and cultural traditions.