Qatari artists invited to apply for residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Programme in New York

Qatar Museums (QM) announced the opening of “Studio 209 NY”, a new partnership for an international art residency which will commence in 2019. Qatari artists will have the opportunity to apply for a residency at the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Programme (ISCP) in New York, USA.

The ISCP is a laboratory for the world’s most promising artists and curators. It supports the creative advancement of its participants and promotes cultural exchange through residencies, exhibitions and public programmes. Housed in East Williamsburg, with 35 work studios and two gallery spaces, the ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency programme and the fourth largest worldwide. With over 1,350 alumni from more than 80 countries, it hosts more than 100 residents each year.

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Participating Qatari artists will have the opportunity to have a diverse global network of colleagues to share and inspire their artistic skills. Programme benefits include, among others: a private, furnished studio space; monthly access to cultural institutions in and outside New York; monthly private studio visits with professionals from other museums, galleries and alternative spaces; the opportunity to meet with one of the two visiting critics to ISCP each month; as well as the opportunity to realize public projects in several offsite venues in New York.

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Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director at the Fire Station, commented that after the success of the Paris Residency Programme, the new international partnership will allow Qatari artists to find new inspirations, challenge themselves and refine their skills. It is going to be a milestone for Qatar Museums’ journey of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar through investing in the country’s creative talents.

Studio 209 NY ISCP building Doha Fire Station ResidencyISCP residents are generally 5-10 years into their professional practice and would be described as emerging to mid-career. The programme hosts artists working with a wide range of media including, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, illustration, drawing, video, socially-engaged art and research-based work. Much like its Paris counterpart, the ISCP includes an Open Studio programme. The two-day event will provide the opportunity for all ISCP residents to present their work to the public, giving them an unmatched opportunity to showcase the results of their residency in one of the world’s most iconic cities.

The Fire Station will sponsor one Qatari artist for three months, as well as provide them with a monthly stipend for their stay and art materials purchases. Qatari artists, aged 18 and above, are encouraged to apply for the programme by sending their portfolio to

‘Studio 209 NY’ is the latest addition to QM’s comprehensive portfolio of programmes which aim to nurture a new generation of creators and help Qatar originate sources for art and creativity from within.