Some of Qatar’s leading supporters of art and culture have attended the Doha College annual arts exhibition this week.
The Ministry of Heritage, Arts and Culture Director of Heritage Department Mr Hamad Almuhanadi and His Excellency the British Ambassador to Qatar Mr Nicholas Hopton cut a ribbon to officially open the Arts Exhibition 2015 at the Doha College Al Waab campus on 2 June.
The exhibition featured 3-D products, fashion and textile design, video, photography, painting, sketching and sculpture produced by more than 50 (I)GCSE and A-level students.
In his speech, His Excellency the British Ambassador to Qatar Mr Nicholas Hopton said the artwork demonstrated a level of extraordinary talent at the College.
“I am greatly impressed with the standard of work on display and I am confident that these talented students face a bright future in their chosen fields,” the British Ambassador Mr Hopton said.
“We are highly supportive of the arts as they are core skills and essential qualifications demanded by successful businesses today,” he said.
The event was attended by Qatar business and cultural leaders including representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Qatar Museums Authority, Occidental Petroleum, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Solar Technologies.
Doha College Principal Mr Mark Leppard said the Year 12 and 13 students had once again demonstrated they were among the best in the region.
“Our inaugural event last year was an enormous success and I am thrilled to see the students have again produced exceptional creative work across a range of media,” Mr Leppard said.
“Doha College is committed to developing industry leaders able to support Qatar in achieving its national vision. We believe that creative skills, problem solving and idea generation techniques taught within the creative arts are key to the success of a number of business sectors,” he said.
After viewing the displays, Director of Heritage Department Mr Hamad Almuhanadi praised the “talented students”.
“As the Ministry for Culture, Arts and Heritage we are very supportive of the arts and willing to participate in exhibitions that demonstrate creativity such as this at Doha College,” Mr Almuhanadi said.
“There are a lot of talented students here and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage can support them by using and showcasing their work,” he said.
Member of the Board of Governors at Doha College and Art Exhibition special guest Dr Muna Al-Tamimi said she enjoyed “seeing the talented work by the students”.
“The students have exceptional skills and I am impressed at how they interpret their ideas into art,” Dr Muna said.
“As a Clinical Scientist I appreciate how they have joined science and art to make beautiful pieces of art.”
At the event, Director for the Centre for Research, Design and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar Mr Roger Griffiths described the standard of work as “exceptional”.
“It displays a wide range of skills and technical knowledge and the presentation of the work was highly professional,” Mr Griffiths said.
“Congratulations to the facility for nurturing the young talent and future entrepreneurs,” he said.
Mr Leppard also extended his thanks to Radisson Blu, who have once again sponsored the event, providing a selection of refreshments and canapés to the 70 guests.
The artwork included solar lanterns and solar-powered artwork produced by Doha College primary school students who participated in Qatar Solar Technologies Shams Generation solar lantern project.
Doha College offers courses in Art, Photography, Product Design, Product Design Textiles and Media from (I)GCSE through to A Level. Students have successfully furthered their careers within top Arts Universities across the World including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Yale University in the USA and the University of British Columbia in Canada.
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