Autonomous Bodies

Lahore Arts Council (Al-Hamrah)

In 1949, Khawaja Nazimuddin, the then Governor-General of Pakistan inaugurated ‘Pakistan Arts Council’. Later on it became Lahore Arts Council in 1983. It is responsible for promoting Art and Cultural activities in Lahore through Stage Plays, Photographic / Painting Exhibitions, Seminars etc.  It is presently maintaining Al-Hamra Arts Council and Al-Hamra Cultural Complex. Its key responsibilities are:

  • Develop all forms of Art including Performing Arts.
  • Facilitate Art education-Workshops, Seminars etc.
  • Organize Art & Culture Fairs, Festivals Exhibitions etc.

Punjab Council of the Arts (PUCAR)

Punjab Council of the Arts was established under the Punjab Council of the Arts Act, 1975. The Council, in its first year of existence, through PUCAR Act 1975, acquired Rawalpindi and Lahore Arts Councils, previously known as Pakistan Arts Councils. The organization carries out its activities in accordance with PUCAR Regulations 1982. It has a Board of Governors and Executive Committee having a representation of literary, intellectual, artistic personalities and public representatives. According to the PUCAR Act, 1975 it is mandatory to establish Divisional and District Arts Councils for the promotion of Art & Culture and to provide with facilities to the Artists / Artisans for their exposure and financial assistance by giving them platform and encouragement. The Council has 08 ‘Regional Arts Council’ and one Complex for the promotion of cultural activities in their respective areas which include:

  • Bahawalpur Arts Council
  • D.G. Khan Arts Council
  • Faisalabad Arts Council
  • Gujranwala Arts Council
  • Multan Arts Council
  • Murree Arts Council
  • Rawalpindi Arts Council
  • Sargodha Arts Council
  • Waris Shah Memorial Complex

Punjab Institute of Language, Art & Culture (PILAC)

Punjab Institute of Language, Art & Culture was established in September, 2004 for patronage, promotion and development of Punjabi Language. PILAC also focuses on conservation, protection, promotion and enhancement of the Art and cultural richness of Punjab. PILAC is a corporate body focusing not only on sustaining and promoting language, art and culture of Punjab, but also on all matters connected therewith. PILAC is assigned to:

  • Advise the Government on all matters of policy pertaining to promotion of Punjabi Language
  • Collect, preserve and arrange books of classical and modern Punjabi Literature
  • Promote and project crafts of Punjab, preserve folk art, folklore's and folk songs in their purest form
  • Enrich Punjabi Language and enable it to serve as a source of promoting love and brotherhood
  • Interact and collaborate with various Institutes and forums with a view to promote Punjabi Language, Art and Culture
  • Provide technical, financial and material assistance for cultural development

Since its inception, PILAC has coordinated, facilitated and undertaken activities which helped in achievement of its objectives. The components of PILAC are:

  • Punjab Museum
  • Punjab Art Gallery
  • Punjabi Library
  • Radio Station FM-95, 'Punjab Rung'
  • Punjab Auditorium & Punjab Cafe
  • Punjabi Magazine "Trinjan"
  • Publications
  • Punjab Jiangsu Cultural Centre (PJCC) (Development Project)

Lahore Museum

In 1864 the Punjab Exhibition of Arts & Industry was organized in the Tollinton Market which continued till 1887. The British Government on the success of the event planned a permanent museum to house the objects displayed in the exhibition. As part of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Queen Victoria’s reign, through public contribution, the foundation stone of the building was laid by Prince Albert Victor in 1890. The building was designed by Sardar Bhai Ram Singh under the supervision of Mr. Lockwood Kipling, the then Curator of Lahore Museum.

Lahore Museum’s majestic red-brick building stands on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, previously known as the Mall. Blended with the old tradition of Mughal Architecture the Museum was opened to the public in 1894. It has total collection of about 60000 objects. It is one the largest and the oldest museums in Pakistan. The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal and Sikh door-ways and wood-work and contains a large collection of paintings dating back to the Mughal, Sikh and British eras. Its main responsibility is to Collect, Preserve and Exhibit Material, Artifacts, Work of Art and Other Cultural Heritage to highlight the history and cultural heritage of the region. The Museum's collection is based on:

  • Indus Civilization
  • Gandhara Art
  • Hindu, Buddhist and Jain
  • Islamic Art and Crafts Collection
  • Coins Collection
  • General Collection
  • Contemporary Paintings Collection
  • Miniature Paintings Collection
  • Manuscripts Collection
  • Arms & Armoury Collection
  • Ethnological Collection
  • Pakistan Movement Collection
  • Arts & Crafts Collection
  • Pakistan Postage Stamps Collection

Bahawalpur Museum

Bahawalpur Museum was established as a part of Lahore Museum in 1976 under Section 18 of Punjab Government Educational & Training Institutions Ordinance 1960 (Ordinance XI of 1960). It became a separate entity in 1991-92. It is governed by Bahawalpur Museum Regulations, 1998. It functions as an autonomous body having a separate Board of Governors. Its main functions are to Collect, Procure and Exhibit the Antiquities / Articles and to Support the Artist and Craftsmen of the Area. It also serves as a Centre for Educational Purposes for the Public.

Punjab Journalists Housing Foundation

The Punjab Journalists Housing Foundation was established through a legislation titled the Punjab Journalists Housing Foundation Act, 2004. The main objective of establishment of PJHF was to set up housing schemes for the journalists’ community on a no profit no loss basis. The Punjab Journalists Housing Foundation Rules, 2007 were framed for managing day to day affairs of PJHF. The PJHF has launched three housing schemes:

  • The PJHF-Lahore Press Club Housing Scheme
  • The PJHF-Rawalpindi Press Club Housing Scheme
  • The PJHF-Multan Press Club Housing Scheme

Bab-e-Pakistan Foundation

The Bab-e-Pakistan Trust (Pakistan) was constituted with its headquarters in Lahore and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on June 04, 1992. The main objective was to set up a befitting complex in memory of those who scarified all they had including their lives to make Pakistan possible and create a part of history by preserving significant remains of the Walton Camp by developing the spirit of 1947. The Bab-e-Pakistan Foundation Act was passed by the Provincial Assembly on June 30th, 2014. It is governed by its 15-members Board of Governors.