As part of its ongoing focus on exploring artistic production, curating, research and education, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art launches a Curatorial Summer Camp, running until 30 August 2015.

Mathaf Director, Abdellah Karroum said:

For us the Curatorial summer Camp is created at Mathaf as a project giving access to emerging interest in artistic and curatorial practices. We believe that this provides intellectual and practical tools for looking at and exchanging ideas in our societies. We believe in this methodology for the making of the museum.’

The project is comprised of a series of discussions and workshops on the subject of curating with local creative professionals, students, and researchers, to explore emerging artistic and curatorial practices and develop theoretical and practical tools that can be applied to these. The Camp programme is developed collaboratively with participants during the course of the project.

The Curatorial Summer Camp is part of Mathaf’s on going Doha Art Map, a collaborative mapping experiment to locate creativity and artistic production in Doha. The Doha Art Map was conceived by Mathaf Curatorial team in collaboration with local independent curators and educators to identify spaces in the City where cultural practitioners, institutions, and independent art spaces are developing, and where visitors and residents can enjoy artistic experiences.

In addition to a range of workshops and lectures led by local practitioners including Karen Exel, Lecturer in Museum Studies, UCL Qatar, Serena Iervolino, Lecturer in Art Curation and Museology, UCL Qatar, Doha, and Mayssa Fattouh, Independent Curator, visitors to the summer camp will participate in a number of presentations and workshops delivered by curators including Carolyn Christov–Bakargiev, Juan Gaitan, Jean-Hubert Martin, and Egyptian artist Wael Shawky.

As Doha’s first museum for modern and contemporary art, Mathaf plays a special role in the cultural life of Qatar. Presented by Qatar Museums (QM) under the leadership of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Curatorial Summer Camp is one of many initiatives offered by QM this year, to foster and enrich artistic and curatorial talent through creative programmes.