This year, the exhibition displayed paintings, fashion and textile design, film, 3D and product design, photography, sketching and other creations in a variety of media. The exhibits were the result of the inspiration and hard work of (I)GCSE and A-level students, who created the artworks as part of their examinations.

Opened officially by Jacqueline Lawson-Smith OBE, Chargé d’Affaires at the British Embassy, the art evening drew visitors from Qatar business and cultural spheres, including representatives from Katara Cultural Village, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, leading universities in Qatar, governors, parents, teachers and students.

Nour Mohamad Ali, one of the exhibiting students, explained how it took around two months for all the elements she wanted to include to come together, and once the concept crystallised, her finished product – an exquisite, thought-provoking piece – came to life in 10 hours. At the opposite pole, Carl Peter Engelbrecht’s took a full week of flat-out, painstaking labour to complete his image. It was worth every second of it though – once seen, his creation will stay with the viewer forever.

Neil Thomas, Head of Design & Technology, told us:

The students continually push the boundaries of their creativity, and this shows in the large number of exceptional quality three dimensional products and textiles presented this year.’

Dr Steffen Sommers, Principal of Doha College, commented:

I am moved to the core by the talent and dedication of our students. The preparation that went into the concepts, the exceptionally detailed crafting and the inspired presentation belie their young age.’

He also thanked the Intercontinental City for sponsoring the event, offering a selection of refreshments to the 80 guests in attendance.

Doha College offers courses in Art, Photography, Product Design, Product Design Textiles and Media from (I)GCSE through to A Level. Students who studied these subjects at Doha College were accepted at top universities world-wide, including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Yale University in the USA and the University of British Columbia in Canada.

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