“Poor art teaching in our schools will result in a lack of imagination and a weak horizon, which are necessary for planners and policymakers.” Professor Ahmed Mohamed Shebreen.
There are no liars for those who claim that if it were not for the physiognomy of Al-Khawaji Qinlu and his companions, they would have defeated the people of Sudan with their primitiveness and misery for their aesthetic taste and would not have been interested. in teaching the arts of design and drawing to their sons. To document the simple arts of engraving, photography and decoration in their societies and to advance their aesthetic knowledge.
The College of Fine and Applied Arts, from its inception (School of Design) in the mid-1940s at Gordon College – before being transferred to the Technical Institute – was orphaned for more than half a century. . . Men of education and politics refused to add a twin to her, not even to elevate her status – construction and meaning – except to the narrowest limits. Despite its privacy and uniqueness, the achievements of its scholars are appreciated all over the world. While we, her children and her graduates, “comforted” her appearance, we reduced what we were used to in terms of traffic and visits in which we renew our contacts with our professors and staff and inhale the scent of memories of our days in those.
For decades, annual student graduation exhibitions have been unique festivals of creativity, thought, and culture. She is eager to come to the capital and its environs, even to every town and village where a college student came from. His family and acquaintances flock to see the unspoken. These exhibitions witnessed the contracting of many institutions inside and outside Sudan with graduates to hire them, or to carry out some work, to produce and promote them. From drawing, coloring, textile designs, logos, posters, prints, furniture pieces and solutions to health and environmental problems.
The days of the show are adorned with forums, seminars, lectures, movie screenings, shows and music. A Khartoum doctor in the Persian Gulf told me that he did not know the nature of the regions of Sudan, the costumes of their tribes, the forms of their musical instruments and their crafts .. even about many symbols, shapes and even problems of the world , with the exception of drawings, images and designs of art students, before the satellite communications revolution.
After two decades of absence, I attended the prom fairs held last March, so quench my thirst and quench my thirst (albeit with lukewarm water)! The situation of the country and its political and economic situation made the case fade in color and fade in echo. The buildings built by the colonizer seventy years ago are old. The floors of the halls were lowered (or raised outside them) and became “Jakhan”, whose misery was aggravated by the darkness of the walls and the lighting. I was more frustrated by the poor presentation of student work and projects in some departments due to apparent poverty in materials and resources. From the lack of executed or printed forms and their small size. In addition to the failure of the accompanying cultural program. And I was very sad because the state “or the university” gave up the necessary funding, even for the maintenance of the halls to fit the show. She seemed to be stingy about his son or daughter on her wedding day !!
In the midst of this widespread disappointment, I was glad that the students and their professors did not lose the determination to develop their skills and improve their skills, so they completed their project plans at a good level and joined hands to hold these exhibitions that have been suspended since 2017, with their personal resources and the support of some graduates, as well as have maintained and renewed the wall paint themselves. They stood proudly before their spiritual works, with their eyes shining from the grandeur of their hopes, as they spoke to their visitors with great desire for a bright future filled with light and color.
Congratulations to our country on Artists Day and congratulations to the family of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Sudan, as they are represented by the people of the cave, in their dedication within their ancient silos, sincere and impartial to perform a message in which they believed. I do not know if they will remain steadfast.
** First note:
I heard about the start of construction of new buildings for the college, east of the south wing of the University of Sudan, on Mohamed Naguib Street. She regretted the seizure of the two places previously assigned to her on the Nile bank in Omdurman. And I came to this place, which is buzzing with the movement of vehicles and their crowd, and surrounded by buildings and structures like the land, the army and the police, in an enclosed space without any scenery or a natural aesthetic or artificial. space.
Perhaps this speaks to the great injustice done to this pioneering institution and the denial of its hidden role. In short, it is a site that is not worthy of the specifics of the tasks and the nature of studying, obtaining and experimenting in such a college. Which is better and should not leave the banks of the Nile in a wide horizon to see the surfaces, colors and levels of water, plants, backgrounds of trees, buildings, bridges, etc. to enrich the eyesight and sharpness of the students. There is still plenty of space on these beaches that can be shared if not swallowed by friends of the authority and its apparatus, and it is worthwhile for study halls, art and drama presentations, arenas and theaters to occupy some of them. them, but rather to replace clubs, institutions and companies that are unable to give society what benefits it and does not harm them to build their buildings here or there. Who night and illuminates the darkness and minds of societies like thought groups and the arts?
** Second note:
Did not our professor Shibreen believe what he said in my article? Coincidence is adorned with ugliness and covers the streets of our cities and our valleys.