Message from DG

Syed Jamal Shah

Director General, PNCA


The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) was setup to spearhead the development of arts in Pakistan. The council aims to build an environment conducive to the flourishing of the arts, where the arts are accessible to everyone and artists and art groups have the commitment, financial support and resource and to excel at home, and on the world stage.

To achieve its aims, the council focuses on four key strategic thrust:  Nurturing and developing the arts; Stimulating broader and sophisticated demand by audience; Developing capacity and resources; and facilitating and enhancing regional and global connectivity.

In developing artistic talent, we provide support through grants, training, arts housing, commissioning of work and overseas touring. We are making efforts to identify and develop budding talent through training in visual and performing arts. Annual awards are given to artists in recognition of their achievements and to patterns for arts sponsorship. Our teams actively participate in cultural exchange programs with the international arts community to promote Pakistani arts overseas.

We at Pakistan National Council of the Arts believe that all cultural assets must support the National objectives and contribute towards promotion of intangible cultural heritage and creation of soft image of Pakistan’s society.