QM’s Fire Station launches residency programme for young artists
June 20 2017 12:05 AM

Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station has launched its inaugural ‘Youth Summer Residency,’ a new initiative that will see selected young artists join a two-month residency to develop their artistic talents. 
Run in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the programme will host seven young people from schools across Qatar in this year’s inaugural edition. 
QM said these budding artists will receive mentorship and guidance on a daily basis, discuss art with established artists in the community and visit museums and galleries to reflect upon and take inspiration from other artists’ work.
The programme also provides participants with access to an impressive group studio space where each young artist can work on his or her creations. 
“I have been astounded by the talent, passion and hard work of our artists in residence and, given the success of our Artist in Residence programme, it only made sense to launch a youth-focused initiative to satisfy young people’s appetite for increased opportunities for artistic expression,” Fire Station director Khalifa al-Obaidly said in a statement.
From July to August, he noted that seven promising young talents will have an opportunity to learn, explore and hone their skills in a “wonderfully inspiring environment that young artists around the world can only dream of.”
“At the end of the year, our artistic community will then have an opportunity to come together to reflect on the work created at a dedicated exhibition,” al-Obaidly added.
The young people chosen to participate in the programme are all from Grade 12 from several schools across the country. They are: Almaha Almaadeed from the Al Maha Academy for Girls, Nhayan Khalid Almureziq from the Mohammed Bin Abudlwahab High school for Boys, Ayman Waseem from Al Hamad International, Esraa Mohamed Salaheldin and Noor Khalid Albadri from the Um Hakim High School for Girls, and Amina Mohamed Nour and Nada Ramadan Abdulfatah from the Zoabida High School for Girls.

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