Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station has announced that Nasser Al-Attiya, a talented Qatari painter, has been selected to complete a three-month residency programme starting this July at the renowned Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris, one of the biggest and most important art residencies in the world.

Held under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Paris Residency is an extension of the Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme in Doha. It provides one lucky artist the chance to experience an art residency in Paris, visit museums, galleries and be immersed in the city’s art scene.

Nasser Al-Attiya is a Qatari painter and a member of the Qatar Society for Fine Arts Association since 1989, acting as Vice President of the Association from 2015 to 2016.  Through his work, Al-Attiya aims to address current issues and represent his thoughts towards freedom and society. He took part in Qatar Museums’ first Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme in Doha, a nine-month residency where local artists can take their passion to the next level, by collaborating with fellow creatives and developing their own techniques.

Nasser’s journey to Paris follows the success of the first Paris residency, which Qatari artist Ebtisam Al Saffar successfully completed back in May 2017. Following Al Saffar’s time in Paris, the Fire Station hosted an exhibition that celebrated the accomplishments of her work and held a public talk in Paris and Doha, where she discussed her journey, experiences and inspiration.

Khalifa Al-Obaidly, Director of the Fire Station, said they were excited to have Al-Attiya take part in the unique experience, where he will be able to interact with creative individuals from all over the world.

The residency will provide Nasser with the opportunity to engage in dynamic dialogues, be inspired, push boundaries and flourish. We are proud to be engaging with high calibre international institutions, such as Cité internationale des Arts, which allows us to take our residency programme outside of Qatar, and provide local artists the opportunity to share their talent globally.’

As part of his residency in Paris, Nasser plans to work on a project titled ‘Perfumes Planet’, where he will showcase how peoples’ appearance, in different shapes and sizes, does not reflect their behaviours. He will use his location to be inspired by the different shapes, sizes and figures of perfume bottles that were produced in France.

Visit the Fire Station Gallery website for more information about their various programmes for local artists.