Gallery One62 ended it’s Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition with a competition focusing on Islamic Calligraphy on 23 May 2021 where the top 10 finalists had to write words with a time limit of an hour. The words were ‘Allahuakbar’ and the second word was chosen by the finalists.

Gallery One62 is a privately owned art gallery located in Auburn managed by Mr Shahid Malik and curated by Mrs Azlin Ali and Mrs Farah Khan.

It has been supporting local and international artists since 2018. They have had solo exhibitions for a number of local artists as well as poets and musicians while also showcasing group shows for local together with international artists.

Jalal Pouramini, a renowned Iranian artist, was the judge of the competition. Having had his works on the Imam Hussein Shrine and other masjids in Iran, Mr Pouramini judged the words of the finalists based on creativity and precision. Besides him were Mr Shahid Malik and Mrs Zainab Taylor.

The first cash prize of $500 was won by Reza Taghipour, runner up was Mujtaba Ashrafi and third prize was won by Sithi Thasleema. The finalists ranged from amateur to professional artists.

Among them was 10 years old Yashal Ali who flew in all the way from Melbourne with her family just to compete on the competition day.

2nd Prize: “Bismillah” by Mujtaba Asharafi

Gallery One62 and all the sponsors came together to ensure the success of this event. The major sponsor was Shahi Frozen Foods together with Medical IT, Gupshup Sydney, Malaysian Groceries, Freedom Care, Monz Fashion Boutique, Sydney Forex, Cookania, Aussie-Asian Edu, Student Biryani, Sizzzlingo and Aapni Dukan.

The media partners for this event were AMUST, Suniye Tau, Humwatan Media Group, Pehchan TV, Australian 1 Urdu, Green News, Rabitah International, Sada-e-Watan Sydney and D&D Digital.

3rd Prize: “Subhanallah” by Sithi Thasleema

All finalists were given with a certificate from the gallery as a token of appreciation at the end of the event,

Gallery One62 will continue to strive for Islamic Art and Calligraphy while promoting a huge range of artists as well.