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Asad Hayee

Rohtas 2 Gallery


Country: Pakistan


Asad Hayee is an artist and art educationist. Currently the Curator of Rohtas 2 Gallery, he taught as a senior art teacher and was the syllabus coordinator for seven years at Lahore Grammar School, Lahore. Asad taught art for three years at Aitchison College Lahore and is working as a visiting faculty for Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. He is currently associated with The New School for IB programme.

He curated the exhibition, Art Capsule – Parallax for Lahore Literary Festival 2016 at Zahoorul Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore. He was the coordinator of Lyrical Lines and Colours, an exhibition at Lahore Museum about pahari miniature folios in 2016; objects came from the permanent collection of Lahore Museum comprising of almost 300 folios. These exhibitions were acknowledged by The British Museum in 2016 International Training Programme Newsletter.

He assisted Salima Hashmi with The Making of Meaning exhibition, of works by female artists and artisans from the minority groups all over Pakistan (travelling exhibition Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad and Multan). The exhibition was created with the help of the Faiz Foundation Trust in collaboration with HRCP and supported by the European Union. The Making of Meaning was co-curated by Shehnaz Ismail, Farida Batool and with Prof. Salima Hashmi as advisor, 2014-15. Asad co-curatored, with Salima Hashmi, The colour of the Narrative which displayed contemporary Art from Pakistan, at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, 2012; Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society Museum, New York, 2009; International Art Festival Separating Myth from Reality, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2009; Side B, a group show at Nairang Galleries, co-curated with Attiq Ahmed, Lahore, 2004.

He lives and works in Lahore.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2012, Asad was based in the Department of Asia and his partner placement was spent at the Birmingham Museums Trust.

Asad’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Continuing Tradition and his place on the ITP 2012 was generously supported by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust .

Legacy Projects
Since the ITP, Asad attended the Creating museums of world stories workshop in Mumbai from 20 – 21 November 2015 which marked 10 years of the International Training Programme. In his project group, Asad worked on an exhibition concept entitled A Past From the Blast focusing on the city of Erbil in Iraq.

In May 2017 Asad returned to the British Museum to attend the ITP+ Course on temporary exhibitions & permanent display with fellows from China, India, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey, and different ITP years.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 1 (2013), Global perspectives: ‘What do visitors expect from museums today?’