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Qatar Museums announces first 20 artists to benefit from the “Artist in Residence” programme at the old Doha Fire Station

Qatar Museums announces first 20 artists to benefit from the “Artist in Residence” programme at the old Doha Fire Station

Under the visionary guidance of Qatar Museums Chairperson H.E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) announced the 20 artists who have been selected to take part in the innovative “Artist in Residence” programme, which is hosted in the newly-renovated Doha Fire Station building.

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Meet the Artists

The selected 20 artists that will take part in the “Artist in Residence” programme include 11 Qataris, consists of artists from a range of different disciplines including art, photography, design, architecture and others. The names are:

  • Noor Abuissa
  • Nasser Al-Attiyah
  • Sebastian Betancur-Montoya
  • Tarek Darwish
  • Waqas Farid
  • Maryam Al-Homaid
  • Shaha Al Khulaifi
  • Othman Khunji
  • Kelly Lowe
  • Charles Mahaffee
  • Wassem Al Marzouki
  • Lulu Al-Musfir
  • Roudha Ibrahim Al-Nassr
  • Sara Al Obaidly
  • Fatma Al-Remaihi
  • Hana Al-Saadi
  • Christto Sanz
  • Emelina Soares
  • Aisha Nasser Al Sowaidi
  • Andrew Weir
  • Samreen Zahra

Launched in March 2015, the “Artist in Residence” programme is scheduled to kick off in mid-September, 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 will 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.

The residency programme will involve mentoring and tutoring from respected local artists and will give the residents the opportunity to be in close contact with some of the big international names that Qatar Museums continually attracts to Qatar, such as Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Takashi Murakami and Damian Hirst. This is in addition to access to world-class curators, art historians and professors. 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 Fire Station will also be hosting open studio visits for art dealers in the region. In addition, the Fire Station will be collaborating with QM’s free arts and cultural membership programme – the Culture Pass, and will be offering a variety of activities and benefits for its members to enjoy. Housed in the original garage of the Fire Station building, the Garage Gallery will also host the residency end-of-year exhibition in June 2016 and will be open to artists, students and professors from universities across Qatar and the region for bookings.


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