The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara has announced the opening of the registration for the second edition of ‘Katara Murals with the Brushes of Artists’ project, requesting all interested residents to register for the event before 22 January.

HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, said:

Katara Murals with the Brushes of Artists’ project comes in line with Katara’s efforts to enrich the local art scene while strengthening the relations between artists who come from different walks of life. The project also aims to develop the artists’ expertise, as well as providing a platform for the artists to interact with the public, through a meaningful masterpiece.’

He added:

Through this project we emphasise that art is a common language between artists, who come from various parts of the world. Moreover, we don’t confine this project or restrict creativity to specific art methods; instead we set the artist free to paint according to individual inspiration and interpretation.’

Katara has allocated a plain white space, measuring 100 metres, for innovative artists, to decorate Katara’s walls, during the months of January and February. Visitors to the event are guaranteed the unique experience of observing a masterpiece evolving, as the artists will be creating the murals in the presence of the public.

The organising committee has announced that 50 artists from the Fine Art associations in Katara will be selected for the second phase, with priority being given to new participants who didn’t take part in the first edition of Katara Murals with the Brushes of Artists. Applicants should be at least 20 years old.

The committee has given recommendations for the theme, suggesting that the paintings would ideally present interpretations of the physical/geographical features of Katara, its culture, or its future plans. In addition, an initial sketch will be required prior to the final painting, which will be presented for approval by the organising committee. Each successful artist will receive a financial award worth QAR8,000 including QAR1,000 to purchase painting brushes and colours.

Artists will paint on two panels, each one measuring 250 × 350 cm. They are required to use appropriate high-quality paint that is suitable for outdoor use, and able to withstand varied weather conditions.

Additionally, the committee announced that collective painting is permitted, though the artwork will be presented under the name of one artist. Moreover, the organising committee is eligible to cancel the participation of any artist who does not adhere to the stated terms and conditions.

To ensure the artists’ safety, ladders will be provided to help in painting. Assistants and volunteers from various institutions will also be on standby. Artists should strictly follow safety measures.

The first edition of Katara Murals with the Brushes of Artists witnessed a range of participants from citizens and expatriates, who represented 18 different nationalities.

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