The Committee for Artworks signed new contracts with Qatari artists to submit artworks and sculptures proposals in various locations within the Development and Beautification Projects of Downtown Doha and Corniche, which are implemented by the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar at the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
The signing of contracts was attended by Yousef Al Emadi, Projects Affairs Director at Ashghal, Mohammed Arqoub Al Khaldi, Chairman of the Supervising Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places at Ashghal, and Sara Kafood, a member of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places, in addition to Qatari artists, Hassan Al Mulla, Salman Al Malik, Ali Hassan, Wafika Al Essa, Mohammed Al Ateeq and Jameela Al Shuraim. During the signing of the contracts, social distancing was observed, and all precautions were taken to ensure the safety of all in light of the Corona pandemic crisis.
On this occasion, Al Emadi said that contracts signed today as part of the development and beautification projects of Central Doha area, which aims to develop public spaces, sites and streets, raise their aesthetic value and transform the entire area into a tourist attraction. He added that the works and artistic designs resulting from the new contracts would create a distinctive spirit for the area with a special look matching its nature and special design.
Engineer Mohammed Arqoub Al Khaldi, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar said that the Committee for Artwork aims to enhance the artistic culture of the people in the State of Qatar, and to highlight the Qatari identity in the field of art and sculpture, by employing artistic creativity and innovative production for Qatari talents and residents talents in Qatar.
For his part, Engineer Abdulrahman Al Ishaq, Head of Public Arts Section at Qatar Museums and Head of Technical Committee at the Committee of Artwork pointed out the importance of cooperation between different government entities to achieve common goals, where work was done to attract and involve the largest possible number of artists and creators to participate in the Development and Beautification Projects of Doha Central and create a special outlook that makes it an open museum rich in artists artwork.
In turn, Engineer Sara Kafood, Designs Manager at Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, said that the contracts were signed with Qatari Artists to submit preliminary artwork proposals for sculptures and murals that reflect the identity of Qatar in the eyes of its citizens and top add the imprint of Qatari artists in the area. She added that there would be different locations in many several areas in Qatar, which will be announced later in conjunction with the project schedule, in coordination with Qatar Museums, MME and the Ministry of Culture.
It is worth mentioning that the Committee for Artwork organized a conference in October last year to present its plan for artists entitled Artwork for Beautification of Doha, during which it announced the opening of registration for all artists to participate in proposals for artwork in several sites within Development and Beautification Projects of Doha Central and Corniche.
The committee works in coordination with several ministries and other entities at Qatar including the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Museums, Qatar Railway Company, Private Engineering Bureau among others. This Committee is responsible for five major tasks including construction of central public parks, provision of dedicated lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, development of the Doha Corniche, development of Central Doha, and increasing afforestation and greenery areas.
(Source: Qatar News Agency - QNA)
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