About Us

The Lebanese Artists Association for Painters and Sculptures (LAAPS),
founded in 1952 and registered in 1957 under the name of “The Painters and Sculptures Society”.
It was given its current name within the framework of the Lebanese Academy 
of Fine Arts (1958) as a union and advocate group to promoter and claim for the organization of:

·         Galleries

·         National institutes of Fine Arts.

·         A corporation with the Ministry of Education through the creation of an “Agency for 

       the Promotion of Culture and Fine  Arts”.

·         Granting scholarships and awards to artists.

·         Organization of an annual exhibition: Le Salon Du Printemps, and Promotion of the Lebanese Art outside Lebanon.

·        The Association membership includes the majority of Lebanese artists, currently around 500 artists practicing 

       Painting, Sculpture, Assemblage, Calligraphy and Arabesques, Photography and New Media Art, 

       Pottery and glass artists...


 Best of LAAPS Achievements


·         Establishing an Agency at the Ministry of Education to organize the Annual Spring Exhibition (1954).

·         Organization of world exhibitions of Lebanese art abroad.

·         Granting scholarships and awards to artists.

·         Founding the Institute of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University, 1966.

·         Organizing a series of exhibitions for international artists in Beirut.

·         Follow up of the execution of Dr. Sursock’s will for donating his palace to be used as a Museum for 

       Lebanese Heritage and Art.

·         Incorporating Art Education in Academic curricula.

·         participation in global biennales ...

·         establishing specialized fairs in 2006 ...

·         war memory exhibition in the southern suburb / 2006.

·         Students Hadi Association for Disability and audio-visual show.

·         the annual exhibition of the early graduates / October 2006.

·         Small Painting exhibition / March 2006

·         Participation in the symposium of Ehden, Byblos, High, Jounieh ..

·         Gallery holdings Society of Artists exhibition in 2007

·         The Fifty Assembly exhibition for the establishment of the UNESCO association 2007

·         the launch of a contemporary art museum campaign incorporation with Artists Association.

·         First New Media Expo 2008.

·         The first exhibition of Lebanese female artists / March 2010.

·         Experimental Art exhibitions.

·         The Arab Exhibitions: Contemporary Iraq Art and Saudi Art 2010.

·         VISUAL ART FORUMS.

 

Founders:

Cesar Gemayel, Omar Onsi, Moustafa Farroukh, Youssef Ghossoub

Rachid WehbiSaliba El Douaihy, Elie Kanaan, Nadia Baydoun

Halim Al-Hajj, Samih Al-Attar, Micheal BasbousShafik Abboud

Farid AwadMounir EidoAref El Rayes, Fouad Haddad, Jean Khalife , 

Said Akel, Ameen Saghir, Yvette Ashkar, Nicolas Nammar.


The Annual Local Fairs:

·         “VISUAL ART FORUM” The annual exhibition of contemporary Lebanese art.

·         Specialized exhibitions: Exhibition processing.

·         Experimental exhibition.

 

Studies:

·         Lebanese artists guide according to specialty.

·         Monthly lectures and launching published studies.

·         Production of scientific films, and Lebanese Art documentaries.

·         Virtual magazine on the website.

 

Pressing issues:

·         Activate the issue of the of Modern and Contemporary Art Museum.

·         Follow-up the laws that will improve the status of the artist with the Artists Association.

·         the establishment of an Arab conference to enhance communication frameworks.

 

Achievements of 2016:

·       “Art for Life” exhibition for the benefit of “Tamanna Association” under the patronage 

       and coordination of Artist Association.

·         Organization of painting school competition in kfarqatrah titled: 

       The mother and the nature including 80 students.

·         The visit of several artists from the Iraqi Plastic Artists Association and organizing exhibit ions for 

        them in Beirut and  Tyr.

·        The invitation of seven of the most important Egyptian artists to Lebanon, and organizing visits 

       and workshops with them in the Lebanese areas . At the end of this activities an exhibition was held 

       and there paintings became part of the Association holdings.

·         The Visual Art Forum VII at the UNESCO with the widest participation of great artists, with a remarkable success.

·         the start of an archiving process of files and documents of Artists Association, 

        giving a special card number for each artist once and cannot be changed.

·         widening the range of communication with civil society through cooperation with associations such 

        as the "Arab African Women association " to set up seminars and exhibitions highlighting the African arts.