Under the theme, ‘What Qatar Means to You’ and in celebration of Qatar National Day last December, the Mall of Qatar organised an art competition to encourage student creativity and talent, as well as a showcase for participants to put on canvas their love for Qatar. Eleven schools submitted multiple works.

The winning entry from Doha College
The winning entry from Doha College

While all entries were of exceptional quality, the one that spoke most to the judges through its relevance to the theme, visual effectiveness and originality, was a creation by Doha College students Haeun Kwon, Hannah Tunstall and Ioana Alexandra Enache. Kwon and Tunstall are in Year 12 while Enache is in Year 13.

Their piece was an exquisite mixed media artwork showcasing the different regions of Qatar and celebrating diversity. It came ahead of the entry from Qatar International School, which was a cubist image portraying the country’s vibrancy, and that of Doha British School, which highlighted a variety of Islamic traditions.

Enache explained how the team came up with their winning artwork.

We wanted to incorporate the different memories we have of Qatar, and did so by painting different landcscapes using varying mediums. After creating the collage, we tied the whole piece together by painting a monochrome portrait of a camel and we were all very proud of the outcome. Overall, I found it was a great way to enhance my painting skills, get to work as a team and become more confident in my work!’

Mall of Qatar CEO Stuart Elder said they have been amazed at the number of entries and talent. He said the judging was difficult, but extremely enjoyable process.

We would like to thank all the schools and students for their time and effort. The competition will become an annual event which gives talented students the opportunity to have their artwork publicly displayed, celebrates Qatar National Day and connects Mall of Qatar with our community.’


Doha College will use the QAR5,000 cash prize from the Mall of Qatar for more art resources, to benefit more art students in school. To find out more about the art curriculum of Doha College, visit dohacollege.com.