Peterborough school display Islamic art

A host of Islamic art went on display at Jack Hunt School to give pupils a rare glimpse into a different culture.


The work included passages from the Qur’an written in beautiful calligraphy, as well as some scenes of Mosques and Asian landscapes.


The rows of prints were put out in the school on Ledbury Road’s hall from 2pm until 6pm last Friday.


Joining around 200 pupils looking at the impressive display was Mayor of Peterborough, cllr Paula Thacker.


The exhibition included more than 250 pieces of art that are travelling around the country as part of a national exhibition from the Consulate of Pakistan.


The Jack Hunt School exhibition was organised by the Peterborough Pakistan Community Association


One of the exhibition’s organisers Barkatullah Shaikh said: "It is a celebration of Islamic art and we are glad the school gave us such a great place to exhibit it.


"The artwork is Islamic art and it contains lots of religious messages that come from the Quran’s 114 chapters.


"We talked the pupils and the mayor through the art to explain it to them."


Arnaud Mandin, head of languages at Jack Hunt School, added: "The pupils really enjoyed it.


"It was the first time many of them had ever experienced Islamic art, and it was a very good experience for them.


"Muslim culture is part of the community in Jack Hunt School and it is very important that everybody can get to know it a little bit better.


"We took all the language pupils in the afternoon to see the exhibition.


"We would have loved to make it the whole school, but it would have been a bit of a squeeze to get them all in. But I think it worked very well as it was."