Fire Station: Artist in Residence announces the open call of its 9th edition of the Artist in Residence programme, which will run from 11 February to 14 April 2024. The nine-month residency is scheduled to begin on 15 September 2024.

The Fire Station: Artist in Residence is a world-class artist residency programme, designed to nurture, energise, and promote Qatar’s artistic and creative community. The residency programme provides young artists with the opportunity to cultivate their talent through production support, curatorial advice, expert mentorships, as well as access to studio space. At the end of their residency, artists will have the opportunity to showcase their artworks in an exhibition held in the Garage Gallery.

The Fire Station: Artist in Residence garage, covering approximately 700 sq ft, has been converted into a dedicated exhibition space called ‘Garage Gallery,’ which has hosted public exhibitions of the work of artists in residence, as well as world-class exhibitions organised by Qatar Museums. 

Khalifa Ahmad Al Obaidly, Director of Fire Station: Artist in Residence, expressed his excitement for the programme. ‘The programme offers emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their talents as well as sharpen their artistic style. We look forward to witnessing the artistic fruition of all participating artists.’

Saida Al Khulaifi, Head of Programs and Exhibitions, highlighted their dedication to fostering a transformative environment for participating artists in past residency editions. ‘Participating artists are given the tools and support they need to explore their craft passionately through a fabrication lab, woodshop, and exhibition spaces to bring their vision to life through a dedicated exhibition at the end of the programme. We showcase these diverse narratives, inviting audiences to witness the unique artistic expression of each artist in residence, and encouraging a rich cultural and artistic dialogue.’

The deadline to apply is 14 April 2024 for local artists across all disciplines who are above 21 years old and have a valid Qatar ID.

The Artist in Residence programme has been a great success and has expanded to include a three-month residency at the prestigious Cite Internationale des Art in Paris and Studio 209 NY, part of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. Fire Station: Artist in Residence also collaborates with local entities and organisations on a range of activities including workshops and collaborative projects designed to engage all those involved in the programme as well as the wider community. 

For more information on the Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme and to apply, visit   

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