Hamad International Airport (HIA) celebrated World Art Day by organising a community engagement event with students of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar). The initiative was aimed at spreading ‘creative awareness’ across the globe. World Art Day is celebrated annually every 15 April. 

As part of the initiative, a group of 26 VCUarts Qatar students had a sketching session at HIA, using the iconic Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer as inspiration for their charcoal drawings. The drawings will be produced into a GIF (graphics interchange format) and will be promoted across HIA media channels.

According to Abdulaziz Abdulla Al Mass, VP for Marketing and Corporate Communications at HIA, they are happy to host the VCUarts Qatar students in HIA and witness their creativity at play.

Creative thinking and innovation are integral parts of art and are key drivers in the global dialogue. The airport is always open to art lovers, inviting them to enhance, and get inspired by the passenger experience at HIA.’

Jesse Payne, Art Foundation Assistant Professor at VCUarts Qatar said that the World Art Day marked an important event for VCUarts Qatar and their students.

We are delighted to take part in promoting creative thinking across Qatar and the globe. We thank HIA for providing an inspirational platform for our students to be inspired and contribute towards social advancements through articulation and cooperation. This portrays the essence of art and highlights its core values. We are very excited to share our art with passengers and engage the community in the process.’

Arts and culture form a major pillar of HIA’s foundation, enriching its environment, highlighting and promoting Qatar’s traditions and cultural heritage. HIA houses a fascinating selection of art, curated in partnership with Qatar Museums.

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Among its most recent artworks include ‘Cosmos’ by Jean-Michel Othoniel, inspired by the oldest surviving Islamic astrolabe in the world and which is now part of a collection at the Museum of Islamic Art. The airport also features the 32 feet tall wooden marionette iconic artwork, ‘Small Lie’ sculpture by American artist and designer KAWS.

New ‘Wings’ Art Piece at HIA

Aside from the sketching session, HIA also revealed a new art piece by International Artists Doha (IAD), sponsored by Qatar Airways, now temporarily installed at Concourse B at the terminal. The art piece was titled ‘Wings’ and inspired by the structure of an airplane wing.

Standing seven metres wide, and 2.80 metres high, the piece is filled with a diverse collection of artistic works by 17 members of IAD. The main abstract outlay of the installation embraces several pieces of frames that represent each participating artist’s style. The artwork is stretched across a 20 square metre grey coloured wall of wooden partition carrying the weight of the piece that resembles the serene neutral colour of a safe flight.

IAD Wings at HIA

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