The Fire Station is all set for the sixth edition of its Artist in Residence programme, AIR 6

The nine-month residency programme, running from 15 September 2021 until 15 June 2022, provides an opportunity for artists residing in Qatar to develop their creative practice through mentorship, working with curators, open studios and access to the building’s facilities including a fabrication lab and exhibition spaces.

Open Studio events

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(From left) Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Abeer Zakzouk, Aisha Al-Mannai, Ali Al-Naama

During the residency, the Fire Station will host two open studio events, one in the Fall and another in Spring. The Open Studio Night is an event where members of the public are given access to the Fire Station studios to meet the artists, view their artworks and learn more about the current projects of the Artists in Residence programme.

The residency programme includes networking events for participating artists such as workshops and weekly artists gatherings in the studios. In addition, the artists will also have the opportunity to meet curators, visiting artists and museum professionals in one-on-one studio visits to view and critique their projects.

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(From left) Amna Almuftah, Hazim Mohamed, Hemanth Madupu, Johnatan Machado

At the end of the residency programme, artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their artworks in an exhibition at the Garage Gallery, also at the Fire Station.

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(From left) Noof Al-Theyab, Sarah Jayyousi, Wadha Al Musallam

Participating artists for the sixth edition include

Aisha Al-Mannai ▪ Wadha Al Musallam ▪ Johnatan Machado ▪ Noof Al-Theyab ▪ Ali Al-Naama ▪ Hazim Mohamed ▪ Abdulrahman Al-Thani ▪ Hemanth Madupu ▪ Fatima Al-Yousef ▪ Noor Al-Kuwari ▪ Maha Alsulaiti ▪ Sarah Jayyousi ▪ Amna Almuftah ▪ Shaikha Al-Khulaifi ▪ Abeer Zakzouk ▪ Farah Al Sidiky

Fire Station Director Khalifa Ahmad Al Obaidli said that the annual Artist in Residence programme aims to nurture creative talents in Qatar.

Over the course of nine months, participating artists work to hone artistic practice in visual arts, photography, film, sound art, design or literature. The programme is also a great opportunity for artists to network and draw inspiration from one another.

As part of Qatar Museums’ expanding network, the Fire Station is committed to fostering creativity among the wider community and supporting local artists through programmes such as the Artist in Residence.

Through its impressive portfolio of museums, community outreach programmes and historical preservation initiatives, Qatar Museums is nurturing a sustainable cultural infrastructure and firmly positioning itself as a leading cultural hub in the region.

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