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4 July 2019 09:45 am

Qatar Museums launches 'What About Art?' programme

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Qatar Museums announced Wednesday an open call to the renowned India based artist residency titled "What About Art?", as part of Qatar - India Year of Culture 2019.

The residency is open to one emerging Qatari artist for the duration of 1 month, providing 24 hour access to a private furnished studio space, communal facilities, studio visits from guest critics, support in planning trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues. It is open to Qatari artists only. Students enrolled in an academic program at the time of the residency are not eligible to apply. All applications must be submitted by August 15 of 2019.

"What About Art?" (WAA), Residency was launched in 2013 with the aim to facilitate and support art practice. One of the few art residencies in Mumbai, India, the "What About Art?", residency provides individual studio space, professional networking opportunities and an intellectually stimulating environment for dialogue on visual arts practices for artists and curators. The residency organizes regular visits of Mumbai Art District. In addition, the residency also organizes artist talks and open studios. The residency is situated in the heart of Mumbai in Bandra, a vibrant neighborhood. There are nine studios situated in a quiet lane above the (WAA) office and project space.

Director of the Fire Station Khalifa Al Obaidly said that "Each year First Station: Artist in Residence supports tremendously talented individuals to pursue their passion and creativity. I am proud to say that our programmes at Fire Station are expanding to include the partnership with "What About Art?" residency, and I cant wait to see the work that will be created during this residency."

Qatari artist Faraj Daham, who is also an artist in residence at the Fire Station, was the last participating artist at (What About Art?). Faraj Daham has exhibited his works in Mathaf, Al Riwaq, Katara and al Markhiya Gallery to name a few. He has various international participations that include exhibiting in Spain, Korea, China and India.

Head of Years of Culture at QM Aisha Al Attiya said that "Culture is one of the most effective tools for bringing people closer together and we are pleased that our Year of Culture 2019 will nurture emerging Qatari artists and show them the diversity of India as a partner country."

The Years of Culture programme is held under the patronage of Chairperson of Qatar Museums H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. It aims to deepen ties with peoples by exploring different art forms and cultures.

Source: QNA