(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Doha: The managers of cultural centres, publishing houses, art consultants and art galleries coordinators affirmed that the Qatari private sector is an authentic partner in the cultural renaissance in Qatar.
This sector also contributes to achieving Qatar National Vision 2030, which supports cooperation and fruitful partnerships between the public and private sectors, provides a vibrant business climate and a wide scope for civil society activity.
In exclusive statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA), they highlighted their efforts in cultural development through the establishment of centres, publishing houses and galleries that exhibits Qatari, Arab and international art. They also revealed their ambitions, future projects and preparations to welcome FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fans.
Among these institutions, which have become prominent signs in the cultural scene in Qatar, and their influence has extended to the Gulf and Arab depths and the humanitarian environment are Hassan Bin Mohammed Centre for Historical Studies, Rosa Publishing House, Katara Art Centre, Eiwan Al Gassar, and Anima Gallery.
H E Sheikh Dr. Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, Founder of the Hassan Bin Mohammed Centre for Historical Studies, explained to QNA that the establishment of the centre in 1997 culminated in his passion for books and documents and his interest in collecting rare publications and manuscripts, as well as the writings of Western travellers who visited the Arabian Peninsula, in addition to local, English, Ottoman and other documents.
Dr. Al Thani said they are in the process of translating, editing and publishing collections of documents from the National Archives in Delhi - India, and from the Ottoman Archives of the Prime Minister's Office in Istanbul - Turkey, in addition to French, Dutch and other documents.
Rosa Publishing House seeks to highlight the intellectual contributions in and outside Qatar to upgrade Arab readers' intellectual culture. Its CEO, Dr. Aisha Jassim Al Kuwari said that the number of publications of the publishing house reached about 200 in various fields of knowledge, and the house has issued 13 books new books in various fields during 2022.
In the field of fine arts and visual arts, the private sector has contributed to laying foundations for institutions and galleries, which have become pillars of the cultural and artistic scene in Qatar and the Gulf, and international art, including Al Markhiya Gallery, which contributes to enriching the fine art movement and cultural development in Qatar. Art Coordinator at Al Markhiya Gallery, Anas Kateet, said that the gallery's vision is to promote Arab art locally and globally by building a regional network in partnership with the public and private sectors in the country and in the Arab world. The gallery has signed several partnerships and cooperation agreements, the most important of which are with Qatar Museums and the Fire Station - Artists Residence.
The gallery is keen to keep pace with the development of Arab plastic art by hosting exhibitions of a group of Arab artists and holding cultural artistic dialogues. Regarding the gallery's activities during the World Cup, he said that they have prepared a distinguished cultural programme that includes organising a personal exhibition of the pioneering Qatari plastic artist Youssef Ahmed at the Fire Station, and a group exhibition of Qatari and resident plastic artists, in Katara's Building 5.
The Executive Director of Katara Art Centre and Eiwan Al Gassar, Mohamed Rafee, said that the Souq Waqif Art Centre, Katara Art Centre, and Eiwan Al Gassar were established in response to an urgent need in the local market to establish art galleries, promote local talents and contribute to their development and visibility in local and international forums.
Tariq Al Jaidah established the Souq Waqif Art Centre in 2007, and Katara Art Centre in 2010, which resulted in the organisation of over 100 exhibitions and artistic events, along with dozens of workshops, cultural discussions, and international art auctions.
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