* 18 artists chosen in the programme’s fifth year
Qatar Museums (QM) on Sunday announced the artists selected for the 2019-2020 season of the Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme.
Now in its fifth year, the nine-month long residency, under the visionary guidance of QM Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, supports local artists by providing them with a platform to develop their creative practice, Qatar Museums has said in a statement.
Every year, the Artist in Residence programme attracts a large number of portfolio submissions from Qatar-based artists. This year, 18 artists have been selected by an esteemed panel of jurors, with disciplines ranging from painting, sculpture, photography and video to other related media.
As part of the programme, this year’s intake of residents will benefit from their own dedicated studio space, the opportunity to collaborate, exchange knowledge and to enhance their creative progression through mentorship, open studio events, workshops and access to the building’s facilities.
Artists are also given the opportunity to showcase their artworks in a large public exhibition in the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station by the end of their residency.
The new residents were welcomed to the programme by the Fire Station team, where they were given an in-depth introduction to the programme, the staff and a tour of the available facilities.
"Sitting at the heart of Qatar’s thriving creative community, the Fire Station: Artist in Residence programme is a highlight of Qatar Museums’ initiatives, which aims to create a platform committed to supporting artists through its residencies, as well as engaging the local communities in Qatar by providing opportunities and events, which include exhibitions and public programmes," the statement adds.
The full list of the chosen 18 artists participating in the 2019-2020 Artist in Residence programme is as follows: Aisha al-Muhannadi (Qatar); Amena al-Yousef (Qatar); Ameera al-Aji (Qatar); Ebtesam al-Hothi (Qatar); Hadeer Omar (Egypt); Haytham Sharrouf (Venezuela); Hind al-Saad (Qatar); Jaser Alagha (Australia); Latifa al-Kuwari (Qatar); Majdulin Nasrallah (Jordan); Maryam al-Maadhadi (Qatar); Mariam Rafehi (Germany); Mashael al-Hijazi (Qatar); Maysaa Almumin (Kuwait); Muna al-Bader (Qatar); Naila al-Thani (Qatar); Noor Yousef (Qatar); and Suzana Joumaa (Syria).
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