Qatar Museum’s (QM) Fire Station: Artist in Residence, an initiative designed to grow the next generation of artistic talent in Qatar has announced that a sixth Qatari artist will be joining its prestigious Paris Residency Programme. As of August the 15th, Ahmed Nooh will be spending 3 months at the Cite Internationale Des Arts – one of the world’s most important art residencies.
Ahmed has recently completed QM’s 9-month residency programme at the Fire Station, after which he joined 17 other artists in the recently opened Dual Inspirations exhibition. His installation, Traces of Life, stunned visitors with its thought-provoking commentary on the abandonment of books. The exhibition is set to end on the 1st of October, 2018.
Prior to that, Ahmed was a member of the Visual Arts Center, where he experimented with various materials to create an abstract representation of his artistic vision. Completely devoted to his passion, he is also a member of the Souq Waqif Center for Fine Arts as well as a member of the Katara Fine Arts Association.
Commenting on the announcement, Fire Station’s Director – Khalifa Al Obaidly stated: “Ahmed Nooh is a perfect example of an artist who is completely devoted to his craft. After completing the Fire Station’s rigorous 9-month program, he now sets sail on a new adventure that I am certain will further nurture his skills and knowledge. He is the 6th artist to join the Paris Residency Programme since its launch, a testament to our country’s growing artistic and cultural sector. I look forward to welcoming him back and seeing how this experience will shape his contributions to Qatar’s art scene.”
Ahmed joins Ebtisam Al Saffar, Nasser Al Attiya, Abdullah Al-Kuwari, Ghada Al Khater and Ahmed Al Jufairi, all who are alumni of the Paris Residency Programme.
Under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, QM has been instigating Qatar’s future generation of artists. Just recently, it launched Studio 209 NY, an extension of its Paris Residency Programme. Qatari artists will now have the opportunity to apply for a residency at the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Programme (ISCP) in New York, USA. Application for the program is open until the 1st of October.
By providing its talents with international platforms of self-expression, QM is helping Qatar find its own distinctive voice in today’s global cultural debates, all the while fostering a spirit of national participation.
Cover image courtesy of Qatar Museums
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