Sports, Calligraphy and Islamic Arts Museum, Gaddafi Stadium
Earlier known as the Pakistan Calligraph-artists’ Guild (PCG), the Islamic Arts Institution (IAI), Lahore is the first institute in Pakistan dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and propagation of Islamic and traditional arts, crafts and creative industries. The institute is housed at a prime location, adjacent to Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Due its an immense contribution to Islamic and traditional arts, handicrafts and culture, it is proposed that a museum be constructed to display the work done by the artisans at the institute, so they get there due recognition while at the same time enabling promotion and propagation of Islamic and traditional arts, crafts and creative industries to the public. Secondly, throughout Pakistan, they're are approximately 70 museums, of various genres and types, namely archaeological, historical, biographical, heritage, cultural, natural history, science, and technology. It’s dismay they're is not a single sports museum in Pakistan, a country where sports constitute a significant part of the culture and international image. Pakistan has a rich history of sportsmanship.
Over the past few years, the sporting activity has increased significantly in Pakistan, with both men and women participating at various national and international events such as the Olympic Games, Asian Games, world games, and commonwealth games. The rich history of sports in Pakistan must be curated in the form of sports museum and for both national and international public, so the sporting industry also receives due attention and recognition.
The Islamic Arts Institute (IAI) is housed at a prime location, on land granted by the Government of Punjab adjacent to Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. Spread over an area of 6 Kanals approximately, the IAI’s existing building occupies only 2 Kanals. Islamic Arts Institution (IAI), Lahore has brought positive global attention to Pakistan and has emphasized less advantaged sections of society by helping them gain practical, marketable skills and learn from competent practitioners in the field of Islamic Arts.
Proposed Design of Calligraphy & Islamic Art Museum and Sports Museum
In a society, the presence of museums responds to a wide range of cultural policy objectives that support the economic and social outcomes. Due to its prime location and accessibility as well as proximity to the cricket stadium, food, and recreational facilities, The Sports, Calligraphy, and Islamic Art museum will prove to be an ideal location to create sports exhibits, artisan’s work and local handicraft produced by the Islamic Art institution. The Museum space can also be used to conduct activities deemed to be of public value and generate positive social and economic impact. Not only do museums represent a nation’s development in that genre but their collection if correctly curated can tell one a lot about a nation’s culture and the social, economic, and political milieu in which it was developed. It is suggested that that the remaining area be utilized for a Sports, Calligraphy and Islamic Arts Museum. The project is envisioned to be constructed in 2 building blocks encompassing a total area of 12,000 sq. Ft. One would be the main sports museum building covering approximately 3000 sq. Ft area and second would be the Calligraphy and Islamic Arts museum covering approximately 9000 sq. ft. Displaying Pakistan’s sporting heritage will encourage youth to make the most of there sportsmanship potential, building ambition and encouraging physical activity, as well as positively impacting the number of people attending museums in a year. Promoting Pakistan’s place in the field of sports using the power of our sporting heritage and culture, will help in improving our international image and reinforce a contemporary, compelling, and rich identity for the country.
The Calligraphy and Islamic art exhibits will house precious artifacts and work done by renowned artisans and calligraphy artists over the years currently housed in a dilapidated structure. For the Sports exhibit, the idea is to showcase the personal collections and memorabilia accumulated over the years by the sports industry and can also include personal donations of artifacts collected by renowned sports historians. The proposed sports section of the museum should embrace a central theme of educating and inspiring future sportsmen. Moreover, it should also include curated displays that inform one of the sportsmen’s diet, physiology, sports equipment, testing, skills, meeting sports stars, and receiving talks from specialists and coaches. It is proposed that the museum has a variety of exhibits, such as graphic boards, digital boards, life-size cut-outs of sportsmen, etc. Space is envisioned to be interactive with an auditorium, indoor stage, and a souvenir shop that sells exclusive sports merchandise. The proposed project is strongly linked with the Punjab Growth Strategy (PGS) 2023 in which entertainment sports has been identified as a key investment Sector.
The table shows the Proposed Facilities in Both Islamic Art Exhibition Hall and Sports Museum:
|S.No||Calligraphy and Islamic Arts Exhibition hall||Sports museum|
|1||Main Display halls||Museum Office|
|2||Seminar hall||Main Lounge|
|3||Auditorium||Display halls (Walk-in gallery)|