Part of a long established tradition, Doha College opened the doors of its Art and DT centre to unveil the creativity and skills of students who produced incredible works for their GCSE, AS and A Level examinations in Fine Art, Photography, Product Design, Textile Design and Media.

Doha College Annual Art Exhibition
Dr Steffen Sommer with calligraphy artist Sabah Arbilli

The original pieces of art and design on display included coursework and examination outcomes along with preparatory pieces, spanning across various media – painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, printing, graphics, lens-based media, moving imagery, mixed media, three-dimensional design and textiles.

This year, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Doha College Principal, Dr Steffen Sommer and guest artist Sabah Arbilli, widely popular for calligraphy-based art. Sabah is a master in traditional calligraphy. His works have been showcased in different venues in Qatar. His stainless steel calligraphy sculpture is on display along the Corniche. Sabah said he was impressed with the quality of the students work and was delighted that many of the pieces on display featured Arabic calligraphy.

Dr Sommers also shared his impressions of the exhibition. He said that once again, the Doha College Art Exhibition was a highlight of the academic year.

The students’ artwork, be it GCSE or A Level, was of very high calibre indeed, and it showed one thing: that art is a very important feature in the Doha College academic schedule. Art and creativity can indeed be taught, learnt and improved. Our artists have shown how accomplished they already are, and some of the pieces could easily have been sent to exhibitions for which invitees pay.’

The exhibition also included Design and Technology pieces by GCSE and A Level students. A variety of films were also shown by the Media Studies department. Again, Dr Sommers praised the visual art and film-making competence of students. He said that Doha College students are all well-versed in combining and using skills learnt in one subject and translating them creatively into pieces of art.

During the opening of the exhibition, visitors enjoyed an exquisite musical background provided by young harpist Year 7 student Audrey Stigter.

The exhibition was supported by InterContinental Doha the City, which also provided the canapes and refreshments to guests. The hotel has been supporting the art of Doha College students for three years now, providing young artists a glimpse of how artistic expressions may be incorporated into business.

Doha College offers courses in art, photography, product design, product design textiles and media from (I)GCSE through to A-Level. To find out more about curriculums and other creative subjects offered by the school, visit

Cover Image: ‘Still Nature’, one of the artworks on display