TEHRAN, July 28 (Mehr News Agency) -- The First Imam Ali International Painting Symposium commenced at Tehran's Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum on Friday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, deputy manager of Tehran Municipality's Art and Culture Organization, Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur said that the event was being held to commemorate the name of Imam Ali (AS) and to promote cultural activities focusing on the religious characteristics of the Imam.
The artists then introduced themselves and talked about the works which they intended to create. Preliminary designs had been selected by the members of the selection board beforehand.
Eleven foreign and seven Iranian artists will be working on their paintings between July 28 and August 2. All necessary art materials are being provided by the museum.
Among the foreign participants are Ammar Bouras from Algeria, Stano Cerny from Slovakia and Ali Jabbar Hussein from Iraq. The Iranian contributors are Nasser Arasteh, Nasser Azizi, Iraj Emami, Khosro Khosravi, Kamyar Sadeqi, Aneh Mohammad Tatari, and Ahmad Vakili.
The completed works will be on display for two weeks from August 3.
All works displayed in the event will be donated to the museum and the participants will be presented with Persian rugs.
On the sidelines of the event, Jasmin Sinaii is holding a week-long painting workshop for children.
Visitors are welcome to watch the artists at work at the venue which is located at 35 Esfandiar Boulevard, at the corner of Vali-e Asr Ave. and Niayesh Highway.
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