Qatar Museums has announced an open call to a renowned India-based artist residency, titled 'What About Art?' (WAA), as part of the Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture.
The residency is open to one emerging Qatari artist for the duration of a month, providing 24-hour access to a private furnished studio space, communal facilities, studio visits from guest critics, support in planning trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues.
The WAA residency was launched in 2013 with the aim to facilitate and support art practice.
One of the few art residencies in Mumbai, India, the WAA residency provides individual studio space, professional networking opportunities and an intellectually stimulating environment for dialogue on visual arts practices for artists and curators.
The residency organises regular visits of the Mumbai Art District. In addition, it also organises artist talks and open studios.
The WAA residency is open to one emerging Qatari artist for a month
WAA is in the heart of Mumbai in Bandra, a vibrant neighbourhood. There are nine studios situated in a quiet lane above the WAA office and project space.
“Each year, the First Station: Artist in Residence supports tremendously talented individuals to pursue their passion and creativity. I am proud to say that our programmes are expanding to include the partnership with WAA residency, and I can’t wait to see the work that will be created during this residency,” Fire Station director Khalifa al-Obaidly said in a press statement.
Qatari pioneer artist Faraj Daham, who is also an artist in residence at the Fire Station, was the last participating artist at WAA.
Daham exhibited his works at Mathaf, Al Riwaq, Katara – the Cultural Village and Al Markhiya Gallery, to name a few. He has various international participations that include exhibiting in Spain, Korea, China and India.
The carefully curated Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture programme is specially designed to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between both sovereign nations of India and Qatar.
The Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture invites audiences in Qatar and India to explore their cultural similarities, as well as celebrate their differences.
“Culture is one of the most effective tools for bringing people closer together and we are pleased that our Year of Culture 2019 will nurture emerging Qatari artists and show them the diversity of India as a partner country,” QM’s Years of Culture head Aisha al-Attiya said.
The Years of Culture programme, developed under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Chairperson of QM, has gone from strength to strength with each passing year and the breadth and depth of activities have continued to expand.
The residency is open to Qatari artists only. Students enrolled in an academic programme at the time of the residency are not eligible to apply.
All applications must be submitted by August 15 through the online application form that can be found at www.firestation.org.qa . More details about WAA residency can also be found here