Departments

Administration

The Administrative Department is headed by a Deputy Director with an Assistant Director to look after all kind of paper work, legal issues, and everyday running of the Arts Council. Security and upkeep of the Alhamra comes under the sphere of the Administrative Department.

Programs

The sphere of activities of the Alhamra Arts Council is vast and varied. The halls and theatres are occupied all year round and the people of Lahore enjoy a plethora of informative and entertaining programs that range from music, theatre, festivals, literary (book launchings, poetry reading, seminars, lectures & discussions), school programs and government organized programs. This department is headed by a Deputy Director who oversees all activities of the auditoriums. To apply it is required that an application be written giving details of the program plus duration along with script, cast etc.

Audit & Accounts

This Department handles all finances, income expenditure etc, of the council. The Audit & Accounts Officer also oversees the annual audit of the Arts Council. Payments are made with the sanction and approval of the Executive Director.

Fine Arts

This Department has two galleries one in each campus of Alhamra. The gallery in the Alhamra Cultural Complex Gaddafi Stadium is known as the Permanent Art Gallery and houses the collection of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics owned by the Lahore Arts Council. A full time curator looks after the collection and other affairs pertaining to the Permanent Art Gallery. The other gallery is known as the Alhamra Art Gallery and is part of the Mall Complex. It is a gallery that hosts short term exhibitions; these are on the national and international levels. 

A person, group or organization can apply to have exhibitions of their art work by writing an application and providing his/her CVs and a CD of their work, it is preferred to see some of the work in original. Provided that the work is to a standard, dates for exhibition are given with mutual consent of the artist and gallery. The space and services provided by the Alhamra Art Gallery are free of charge (for art based exhibitions only) and no commission is charged on sales. The gallery is headed by a curator who deals with all the bookings/reservations of the gallery.

Artist Welfare Fund

The Lahore Arts Council set up an Artists Welfare Fund with the explicit objective to provide financial help for the welfare and support of the families of the Artists, who laid down their lives while performing their professional duties. This step by Alhamra has been very welcomed by Artistes usually spend a Spartan life-style due to lack of economic support to their intellectual work and die in poverty. For the said purpose a committee has been constituted, members of the committee examine the applications and approve the funds on merit.

Library

The Alhamra Arts Council has a library equipped with books on art, music, theatre and much more. All leading newspapers cuttings pertaining to art & culture can be seen and read there. This is not a lending library but is there for reference. A full time librarian is available for any assistance or help.