The AAN Foundation provides support to a wide range of art forms and encourages discourse on visual arts in particular. This includes offering platforms & support for exhibitions, private as well as public art projects, publications and art related initiatives. From a geographic perspective, the foundation is focussed on enabling and encouraging the arts in Pakistan, as well as considering the broader Asian region including Asia Pacific and South Asia.
Projects supported by the Foundation include ‘Authority as Approximation’ by Shahzia Sikander at Para-Site Art Space in 2009 and since then there has been support for the Ai Wei Wei and Vito Acconci’s exhibition at Para-Site, ‘Rising Tide’ a survey show of Pakistani Contemporary Art at the Mohatta Palace Museum Karachi, Lines of Control at the Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Princes and Painters of Delhi at the Asia Society Museum New York, 36 Calendars by Song Dong, an Asia Art Archive project, ‘AAN Collection At LUMS’ at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and ‘Apparatus of Power’ exhibition by Shahzia Sikander at the Asia Society Museum, Hong Kong in 2016. It is also providing support as the Central Sponsor for the inaugural Lahore Biennale 2018 which was held in March 2018 in the historic city of Lahore. The AAN Foundation will also be giving an annual research grant titled the AAN Lahore Bienniale Research Grant which will provide funding for original research focusing on movements and shifts in contemporary and modern art practice in Pakistan. It will also be supporting the archive of Salima Hashmi, a leading figure in the visual arts space in Pakistan. Salima Hashmi’s archive will be supported at Asia Art Archive.
A very significant part of the AAN Foundation’s aim is to provide support at the very initial/conceptual stages, to projects, which could become platforms for further strengthening the artistic space in their own areas and geographies.