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Fanoon: Highlights 2012-2019

September 11 - October 26

Fanoon Exhibition

‘Fanoon: Highlights 2012-2019’ is a series of events focused on printmaking hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) in Education City. 

An exhibition at the VCUarts Qatar Gallery will focus on the first seven years of the Fanoon Center For Printmedia Research, the only print publishing programme in the Gulf. The exhibition will include selected works by the centre’s many and renowned visiting artists who created original print works during their stays. The exhibition is curated by VCUarts Qatar Painting and Printmaking (PAPR) professors Fleming Jeffries, Zachary Stensen, and Rhys Himsworth.

Fanoon will also include a programme of workshops, panel discussions, and tours, as well as a lecture and demonstration by master printmaker Koichi Yamamoto. The workshops, which will take place every Tuesday from 12:30 pm to 2 pm at VCUarts Qatar until 22 October, will focus on different kinds of printmaking techniques, and will be conducted by faculty and students from the university.

Opening reception will take place on 11 September, at the VCUarts Qatar Gallery. All are welcome.

Fanoon: Highlights 2012-2019

A panel discussion on the art of printmaking, artist career paths, and the artists’ Fanoon experiences will be held and will feature 2014 Fanoon artist Diyan Achjadi, and University alumna and Fall 2019 Fanoon artist Bouthayna Al Muftah. The panel discussion will be moderated by Fanoon co-founder Rhys Himsworth, Chair of the VCUarts Qatar Painting and Printmaking Department from 2011 to 2018.

The Qatar Foundation Art Trail tours will be visiting the exhibition on two occasions: the first tour will be on 12 September, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the presence of curators and guest artist Diyan Achjadi;  the second tour will take place on 5 October at 10 am with curators Fleming Jeffries and Zachary Stensen.

The Fanoon Center, which is part of the Painting and Printmaking department at VCUarts Qatar, collaborates with local, regional, and international artists to explore the role of print in contemporary culture. Altogether the works of 20 artists, including sculptor Ranjani Shettar, Syrian graphic designer and artist Fares Cachoux, Pakistani-American visual artist Shahzia Sikander, and African-American mixed-media artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, will be on display.

The Fanoon Center aims to expand the possibilities of print in the 21st century by selecting artists who can engage with printmaking from a variety of perspectives, disciplines and approaches. Participating artists include Bryan Graf, Bryan Jabs, Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau, Diyan Achjadi, Fares Cachoux, Jenny Schmid, John D Freyer, Katie Vida, Koichi Yamamoto, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Mary Laube, Michael Perrone, Ranjani Shettar, Sean Kuhnke, Shahzia Sikander, Shaurya Kumar, Sonya Clark, Susan Chrysler White, and Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Workshops and Tours 

• 12 September/12:30 pm: Qatar Foundation Art Trail Tour
• 17 September/12:30 pm: Workshop with PAPR Department
• 20 September/1 pm: Civic Engagement Workshop for Nepali workers
• 24 September/12:30 pm: Workshop with PAPR Department
• 1 October/12:30 pm: Workshop with PAPR Department
• 5 October/10 am: Qatar Foundation Art Trail Tour
• 8 October/12:30 pm: Workshop with PAPR Department
• 20 October/1 pm: Demonstration by Koichi Yamamoto
• 22 October/12:30 pm: Lecture by Koichi Yamamoto

Gallery opening hours: Saturday to Thursday – 9 am to 5 pm / Closed on Friday. For more information on the workshops, please contact [email protected]. To find out more about VCUarts Qatar, visit

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