A brand new artistic initiative by Qatar Museums has kicked-off at the old Doha
Fire Station building. Launched in March 2015, the Artist in Residence programme started last month and marks an important milestone in QM’s goal to provide support to the next generation of cultural producers and to help inspire an indigenous culture of creativity and innovation in Qatar.
The residency programme is open to local Qatari artists and residents of Qatar first,and then to regional artists at a later stage. The creative exchange programme runs in nine-month cycles, with a different group of artists taking part in each cycle.
A group of six elite jury members convened twice to agree on the final 20 artists from a highly talented pool of more than 150 applications. The judging panel included Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, Mahmoud Obaidi, Fatima Al Rumaihi, Jean-Paul Engelen, Wissam Al Mana and Rhys Himsworth.
The group of 20 artists, which includes 11 Qataris, consists of artists from a range of different disciplines including art, photography, design, architecture and others.
H.E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamadbin Khalifa Al Thani and Hala Al Khalifa (Director of the Fire Station) hosted an intimate get-together where residents were able to meet and greet one another, as well as share with Her Excellency their vision and plans for their respective residencies.
Hala Al Khalifa, Director of the Fire Station, says: “Each application that we received was unique and truly impressive and every artist used their talent and creativity and showed their commitment to this initiative. This Artist in Residence programme perfectly reflects Qatar Museums’ vision of enriching the lives of all those who live in and visit Qatar, as well as inspiring an indigenous culture of creativity and innovation, and we hope that the nine month residency will enable these talented artists to be recognised on an international scale to become the creative sparks of our future,” she says. The Fire Station grounds will also in due course feature public attractions such as a park, an informal library, an arts and crafts shop, a cinema,a plaza and a restaurant,all aimed at creating an engaging environment and cultural venue for everyone living in Qatar.
The selected 20 artists that will take part in the “Artist in Residence” programme are:
Shaha Al Khulaifi
Roudha Ibrahim Al-Nassr
Aisha Nasser Al Sowaidi
Wassem Al Marzouki
Sara Al Obaidly