LAHORE: The Lahore Arts Council (LAC) has made a call for submissions for its 19th annual Young Artists Exhibition at Alhamra Art Gallery, The Mall. The young artists between the age of 20 to 32 can send their work to Alhamra by Feb 6. This exhibition is an annual event and most promising feature of Alhamra, in which young artists from art institutes submit their artworks for the show. The artists can submit their works in the medium of painting, drawing, ceramics, print, video art, mixed media, installation, and composition. Each artist can submit two artworks selected by the authority concerned. The upcoming show is the 19th edition since 2005. The Young Artist Exhibition is an art contest in which the 10 best artworks would receive a cash prize of Rs25,000 each. The winners would also get the Young Artist Award AJOKA: Ajoka will showcase new writing and acting talent at Alhamra Art Centre, The Mall on Jan 12 in dramatic readings of three new scripts written by the students of 17th batch of Ajoka Institute Art of writing course. The courses are mentored by Ajoka Executive Director Shahid Nadeem. The scripts include Mind-Blowing, written by Sanawar Iqbal, a story about a psychologist with a strange approach towards mental illness. The second script is Danish Ali Khan’s Toon Aho Aho Aakh about a visiting noble British Pakistani painted as a devil by those with vested interests. The last script is Athri Queen by Ayesha Javed, which is about a wild female stage artiste who knows how to deal with lustful audiences. The dramatic readings will be presented by the writers themselves supported by Ajoka’s acting students. The final segment of the event will be performances of Ajoka’s short plays: Dhee Rani and Sharam Di Gal by the students of Ajoka Institute’s art of acting course. The plays written by Shahid Nadeem are directed by Ajoka Institute director Nirvaan Nadeem. The event is being held in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council. Ajoka chairperson Zara Salman said, in a statement, Ajoka is the only performing arts institution introducing new talent on a regular basis and serving the growing performing arts industry.