After nine successful months, the current Artist in Residence programme at the Fire Station closes this Tuesday, 13 June. The occasion is celebrated with the annual end of residency exhibition at the Garage Gallery. Celebrating the accomplishments of the 20 artists, the exhibition is showcasing works that demonstrate a variety of techniques and styles, pushing the boundaries of creativity and raising the bar of contemporary art in the region.
The exhibition features a range of different mediums including art, photography, video, design, painting, poetry and drawings, and incorporates a variety of processes, research and finished outcomes. It provides artists with a platform where they can showcase their works and skills to the media, the community, fans of art and culture and collectors.
On show as part of the exhibition are works of art by ten Qatari artists in residence, including Abeer Al Kuwari, Hana Al Saadi and Fahad Ahmed Al Obaidly. Abeer Al Kuwari’s works focus on portrait photography and still life, influenced by Qatar’s heritage and environment. Hana Al Saadi’s kinetic sculptures allow viewers to admire the simple movements in still objects that we see every day. Fahad Ahmed Al Obaidly is a fashion designer and curator, whose uses his profound love for culture and heritage as his main source of inspiration.
Khalifa Al Obaidli, Director of the Fire Station, said he was astounded yet again by the talent, passion and hard work of the 20 artists in residence, who really raised the bar and produced some beautiful works of art during their nine months in residency.
This is our second end of year residency exhibition, and this year has been another huge success. The exhibition clearly highlights just how much our artistic community in Qatar is growing and flourishing, and I look forward to seeing this continue with the next generation of creative individuals.’
The Fire Station Artist in Residence programme began in September 2015.
During the residency, resident artists move into the studios, collaborate with fellow creatives and develop their own technique. They meet curators, benefit from weekly mentoring sessions and meet arts professionals from all over the world, representing Qatar in the international cultural community.
The Fire Station will welcome the next batch of talented creatives in September 2017. 172 applications have been received from creative individuals across the country, eager to become one of the next artists to take part.
The full list of the 20 talented artists that are showcasing their works as part of the 2016-2017 Artist in Residence programme are: Frances Grane, Fahad Al Obaidly, Lulu Al Musfer, Zoe Hawk, Zach Stensen, Amr Elkafrawy, Richard Blackwell, Hana Al Saadi, Maryam Ahmed, Maryam Al Suwaidi, Mariah Dekkenga, Tanzeela Abbasi, Ahmed Al Jufairi, Maryam Al Semaitt, Nawar Al Mutlaq, Abeer Al Kuwari, Nesma Khodier, Juan Martinez, Maryam Al Homaid, and Titika Stamouli.
Oil and gas exploration and production company Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd (Oxy Qatar) is the Principal Sponsor of QM’s Fire Station Artist in Residence programme.
The exhibition is open to the public. Check the schedule below for details.
Opening hours (Ramadan):
Saturday to Sunday: 8:30 am – 1 pm / 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm Friday: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm