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Fire Station launches Youth Summer

Qatar Museums’ Fire Station launches Youth Summer Residency to grow young artistic talent

Seven promising young artists will hone skills and draw inspiration over a two month programme designed to further strengthen Qatar’s cultural sector

Doha, 19 June 2017: Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station is pleased to announce the launch of its inaugural Youth Summer residency, a new initiative that will see selected young artists join QM’s Fire Station for a two-month residency to develop their artistic talents. Building on Fire Station’s landmark Artist in Residence programme, an initiative fostering Qatar’s next generation of artistic talent, the Youth Summer Residency aims to encourage young artists to explore art and develop their artistic skills.

Run in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Youth Summer Residency will host seven young people from schools across Qatar in this year’s inaugural edition. 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.

In addition to regular training and mentorship, the program also provides participants with access to an impressive group studio space where each young artist can work on his or her creations. By combining learning and creative self-expression in this way, the Youth Summer Residency aims to create the perfect environment for young artistic talent to flourish. This creativity will then be exhibited to the community later this year by way of an exhibition displaying the young artists’ artworks.

Commenting on the launch, Khalifa Al-Obaidly, Director of the Fire Station, said:

“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. From July to August, 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. Given the level of talent participating in this inaugural edition of the programme, I expect that to be an immensely exciting and rewarding experience for everyone involved.”

The young people chosen to participate in QM’s inaugural Youth Summer Residency 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 Mohammed Salaheldin and Noor Khalid Albadri from the Um Hakim High School for Girls
  • Amina Mohammed Nour and Nada Ramadan Abdulfatah from the Zoabida High School for Girls

The Youth Summer Residency expands on the Fire Station’s Artist in Residence programme, which began in September 2015. During a residency, artists move into one of Fire Station’s studios, collaborate with fellow creatives and develop their own technique. They meet curators, benefit from weekly mentoring sessions, and meet arts professionals from all over the world, representing Qatar in the international cultural community.

The Youth Summer Residency will offer young artists a condensed version of this course, spread over two months instead of nine. By identifying, developing and celebrating artistic talent so early in an artist’s career, QM hopes to broaden the base of cultural talent in Qatar, contributing to its delivery of the cultural goals set out in the 2030 Qatar National Vision.

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