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Nurayah Sheikh Nabi

Nurayah Sheikh is an art educator and a visual artist. Her pedagogical trajectory closely draws upon her own investigations in relationship to the medium of printmaking. She has taught the subject since 2005, designed curriculums, led workshops, coordinated national and international educational exchange and fundraising projects. Research through her visual practice explores the complex multiplicity in transference linked to the female; the transcendence of the avatars she adorns.

Sheikh has widely shown her work, represented Pakistan on panel discussions, and participated in collaborative research in art education. Some notable platforms of engagement; 2021 investigating historical frameworks linking NCA and Slade, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London (PMC), the Karachi Biennale 2019, the Guanlan International Print Biennial and Guanlan Forum at China Printmaking Museum 2019, the KB17, DECK Gallery Singapore 2016, Karachi Literature Festival 2016 and at the Sharjah Museum 2012 “Trajectories”: 19th-21st century; Printmaking from Pakistan and India.

She is actively engaged with students and diverse art ed. communities through teaching, dialogic sessions, thesis critiques, curation, and coordination of multi-aged workshops, to instil holistic learning in a critically engaged environment. Sheikh is board member for the gallery O Art space, Lahore, Workshop coordinator at Koel Gallery, Member of the core committee for Pursukoon Karachi, and is associated with Karwan-e-Hayat, an organization active in caring for mentally ill indigent patients.

Sheikh received her BFA with a distinction in Printmaking and Sculpture from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and was awarded a gold medal for academic excellence in MA Art Education at Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art & Design, BNU, Lahore. Her research probed Student Assessment Structures within Undergraduate Art schools in Pakistan.

Currently she is Associate Professor and Head of the Foundation Programme at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi – Pakistan.

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