Successor organization of Fomma (Foundation for Museum of Modern Art), the Fomma Trust is an Independent Charitable Trust, registered as a Non- Profit Organization at the Office of the Sub-Registrar, Karachi (R. No. 404, dated 26 November 2009). Its National Tax No is 3418951.
The objectives of the Fomma Trust are, among others, "To promote the study and intelligent appreciation of art and architecture, in the contemporary manifestations as well as in a wider historical context". Its aims include the setting up of Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art and Art Libraries.
Approval U/S 2(36)C
Fomma Trust has received Federal Board of Revenue's approval until 31 December 2010 u/s 2(36)C of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 read with Rule 212 and 220 of the Income Tax Rules 2002. This entitles the donors to "tax credit in their assessment as per rate prescribed in Section 61 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001".
The Fomma Trust is administered by its own Board of Trustees, and has supportive cadres of its Patrons, Benefactors, Contributing Friends, Event/Project Sponsors, and Executives. Key officials work in an honorary capacity, and include the Honorary Secretary & Director General, the Joint Secretary & Director of the Audio-Visual Unit, the Director of the Fomma-DHA Art Centre, the Director of the Art History Project, the Director of Publications, and Honorary Reps in Dubai, New York and Chicago. Rep Offices are also being set up in Lahore and London.
Reference & Documentation
Among projects being currently developed by the Fomma Trust is the Visual Arts Database (VAD), comprising a selection of Press clippings on Pakistan art and artists bequeathed by the late Syed Ali Imam. Largely covering the last three decades of the 20th century, this archival material is a most valuable reference resource. It is being supplemented by additional Press clippings, catalogues and brochures received from various sources, including Mr Wahab Jaffer, the late Mr Sultan Ahmed, Mr & Mrs Suhail Lari, and a number of practising artists, art galleries and art collectors. The aim is to document the evolution of the contemporary art movement in Pakistan. It is also proposed to put together related material on the contemporary art scene in some of the other countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.