Tuesday, 26 October 2021 07:31 GMT

Fire Station opens sixth Artist in Residence programme

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Doha: The Fire Station has announced the sixth edition of its Artist in Residence programme (AIR 6). The nine-month residency programme, running until June 15, 2022, provides an opportunity for artists residing in Qatar to develop their creative practice through mentorship, working with curators, open studios, and access to the building's facilities, including a fabrication lab and exhibition spaces. 

During the residency, the Fire Station will host two open studio events, one in the fall and another in the spring. The Open Studio Night is an event where members of the public are given access to the Fire Station studios to meet the artists, view their artworks, and learn more about the current projects of the Artists in Residence programme.

The residency programme includes networking events for participating artists, such as workshops and weekly artists' gatherings held in the studios. In addition, the artists will have the opportunity to meet curators, visiting artists, and museum professionals in one-on-one studio visits to view and critique their projects. 

At the end of the residency programme, artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their artworks in an exhibition in the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station.

Participating artists for the sixth edition include Aisha Al Mannai, Wadha Al Musallam, Johnatan Machado, Noof Al Theyab, Ali Al Naama, Hazim Mohamed, Abdulrahman Al Thani, Hemanth Madupu, Fatima Al Yousef, Noor Al Kuwari, Maha Alsulaiti, Sarah Jayyousi, Amna Almuftah, Shaikha Al Khulaifi, Abeer Zakzouk and Farah Al Sidiky.

Khalifa Ahmad Al Obaidli, Director of the Fire Station, said:“Our annual Artist in Residence programme aims to nurture creative talent in Qatar. Over nine months, participating artists work to hone artistic practice in visual arts, photography, film, sound art, design, or literature. The programme is also a great opportunity for artists to network and draw inspiration from one another.” 

As part of Qatar Museums' expanding network, the Fire Station is committed to fostering creativity among the wider community and supporting local artists through programmes such as the Artist in Residence. Qatar Museums is nurturing a sustainable cultural infrastructure and firmly positioning itself as a leading cultural hub in the region through its impressive portfolio of museums, community outreach programmes, and historic preservation initiatives.  



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