Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Katara Art studios in cooperation with Qatar Arts Association and Handicraft Society in Qatar are organizing a handicrafts market in Building 19, where a wide range of artifacts, jewelry, accessories, paintings, drawings, clothing, home decorations and photography will be displayed and sold. Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy a wonderful traditional food tasting experience. In addition to the market, the event will include different crafts workshops
allowing family members to engage and participate in creative activities which will help develop their creative skills.
The Qatar Arts Society will feature a group of brilliant artists and skilled craftsmen living in Qatar.
This association supports local artisans by introducing their work and products to the public through the crafts market in Katara Art Studios. More than 50 members from more than 20 countries will be displaying unique products.


Dates of the Market:
Opening on 24 October 2014


24 Oct - 20 Mar 2015

10:00:am - 10:00:pm


Katara Art Studios - Bldg 19

7 November 2014
21 November 2014
5 December 2014
19 December 2014
9 January 2015
23 January 2015
6 February 2015
20 February 2015
6 March 2015
20 March 2015

Museums, shared heritage and identity

  • Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:38
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Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series: Dr. Guido Gryseels.


Established in 1898 as a colonial institution, the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Belgium is one of the most important reference institutions in the world. Currently closed for major renovation works, this closure has prompted internal reflection, and has opened fresh conversation with African communities and the wider diaspora. In this lecture Dr. Guido Gryseels, Director of the RMCA will provide an overview of this reform process and highlight the issues it has presented including the role of postcolonial museums in a multicultural society; the challenges and possibilities of shared heritage; the challenges of defining national identity; and the development of partnerships with source communities.



Date & Time

WED, 3 DECEMBER, 2014, 6:00PM









  • Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:36
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‘Confluence: photographic based works from the Contemporary Middle East’ brings together for the first time in Qatar the work of Atfal Ahdath, George Awde, Ali Cherri and Nermine Hammam.


The photograph is part of everyday life around the world and is used as a medium to preserve fleeting moments of the mundane, the personal, and the intimate, as well as the monumental, the global and the public. This exhibition of contemporary photography and video installation from across the Middle East demonstrates this thematic diversity. Beyond this, however, it also explores the medium itself – the richness of possibilities, directions and journeys that are open to the artist who uses photography in its broadest sense as a starting point or confluence in his/her work.



Exhibition open daily from 9am to 5pm (closed Fridays).




Exhibition Dates

1 NOV – 24 DEC, 2014


Opening Reception









Zwara 2014: Open House at VCUQatar

  • Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:29
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VCUQatar invites the Doha community to experience a variety of activities, exhibitions, demos and workshops starting at 3pm until 6pm on Saturday 1st November.


What you can do:

workshops / exhibitions / demonstrations / admissions counselling / activities for kids and families / campus tours

Find out about:


graphic, fashion & interior design, art history, painting & printmaking, interdisciplinary design studies



Date & Time

SAT, 1 NOVEMBER, 2014, 3:00PM







Art in Qatar: an artist’s perspective

  • Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:25
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Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series: Yousef Ahmed in conversation with Dr. Yassar Al Munji.


Presented in association with Qatar Museums to coincide with his solo exhibition at the Qatar Museums Gallery, Katara, Yousef Ahmed will talk about his experience of creating and exhibiting artwork in Qatar since the 1970s. His sustained and direct involvement in Qatar’s artistic dialogue throughout his career, as well as his continuing contribution to the development of the art sector, will provide unique insight into the current dynamic developments within Qatar’s artistic and cultural landscape. Please note this conversation will be in Arabic with English translation available.



Date & Time

WED, 12 NOVEMBER, 2014, 6:00PM







TRAPEZE exhibition - معرض ترابيز

  • Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:15
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“TRAPEZE“: Qatari Artists between Memories and Aspirations


Qatar has been propelled to the world stage in the recent decade, its activities in

different arenas have made this small nation of the Arabian Gulf to be noticed and

respected by its affinity towards other cultures in the world and its relentless will to

give a voice to different peoples from different cultural paradigms and different

religious creeds.

“Trapeze”: Qatari Artists between Memories and Aspirations is an exhibition

addressing the balancing act all Qatari artists perform wilts trying to be faithful and

respectful to their heritage, tradition, cultural memories and their aspirations as

artists from a nation of the word, with its eyes in the future.

Qatar is today one of the most talked about nations in the world stage, and this

has had a considerable effect in its citizens and its art and cultural agents. There is

an enormous curiosity regarding how Qataris are, How Qatari artists work, what do

they produce as cultural objects, “Trapeze” is a contribution towards giving some

answers to the Worlds art community on what is happening today in Qatar in the

Visual Arts arena.

As in a Trapeze act, Qatari artists are trying to perform as artists, In this new stage

opened up to them, they are traveling along the stretched line, feeling the tension

beneath their feet, and are carefully and honestly trying to make the journey

between yesterday and tomorrow, between Heritage and Progress, between

Memories and Aspirations.

The Qatari artists presented in this exhibition were selected from a cross

generational spectrum, via an open call to artists to participate by producing and

submitting new artworks in the mediums of Painting, Photography, Sculpture and

Video Art. All works to be presented will be developed and produced specifically

for this exhibition. Katara’s curatorial team will select some of the most exciting

artists and works being produced today in Qatar.

Katara will select artists that have proven through their work, and constant regular

meaningful exhibitions, to work seriously and relentlessly towards a better

understanding of their Country, the world and themselves, through their artistic



The artists will exhibit artworks addressing the metaphorical theme of the

exhibition, Qatari artists today are attempting to bridge the path between

Memories and Aspirations, and this is a journey through subjacent tensions in the

social and cultural fabric of their society. Respect for elders and for inherited

knowledge and heritage is a pillar of Qatari culture and society. Artists, as one of

the most important agents in promoting dialogue, evolution, progress and direction

for a nation’s cultural exchanges, are vital in Qatar’s contemporary cultural

landscape; they are shaping the future and suggesting directions for the dialogues

that need to exist between Memories and Aspirations.





1. Only Qatari born artists can participate in this open call.

2. Each artist can participate by submitting artwork from one of the following

media: Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Video Art.

3. Artists can only participate in one of the above mention medium categories.

4. Artists have to produce and submit a minimum of 5 new artworks for

evaluation by the selection committee.

5. Katara invites artists to submit artworks on the following themes reflecting

Qatar’s evolution as a nation: Economy; Construction and Architecture;

Health; Tourism; Education; Industry, and Heritage.

6. Katara will select artworks for the exhibition, and for acquisition for their

permanent collection.

7. Deadline for submission of the artworks by the artists is 1st of November

2014. Artists should submit their artworks at the Katara Art Studios, Katara

Building 19, directly and accompany their submission with professional high

resolution photos of the artworks submitted, for purposes of inclusion in the

Exhibition Catalogue and Media communications.



Katara will nominate an evaluation and selection committee composed by artists,

art professionals and museum specialists lead by Katara’s Visual Arts curatorial team.


1 Sep - 1 Nov 2014

10:00:am - 10:00:pm




“ترابيز”: الفنانون القطريون بين الذكريات والتطلعات

لقد تمكنت قطر في العقد الأخير من الظهور على المسرح العالمي بشكل بارز، حيث استطاعت هذه الأمة الصغيرة من الخليج العربي بأنشطتها في مجالات مختلفة أن تلفت الأنظار إليها وتنال احترام الجميع، وذلك لتقاربها مع الثقافات الأخرى في العالم، وإرادتها القوية لمنحها صوتا لكل الشعوب بثقافاتها وعقائدها المختلفة.

“ترابيز”:الفنانون القطريون بين الذكريات والتطلعات،عبارة عن معرض يتناول التوازن الذي يقوم به جميع الفنانين القطريين للوفاء واحترام التراث والتقاليد والذاكرة الثقافية وتطلعاتهم كفنانين من أمة تتطلّع إلى المستقبل.

تعتبر قطراليوم واحدة من أكثر الدول التي تتناولها الأخبار على الساحة الدولية، والذي كان لها لأثر الكبير في مواطنيها وفنها وممثليها الثقافيين.

هنالك فضول كبيرللتعرف على القطريين، كيف يعمل الفنانون القطريون؟ ما الذي ينتجونه كأعمال ثقافية؟ وعليه تساهم “ترابيز”في إعطاء بعض الأجوبة لجمهور عالم الفن عن ما يحدث اليوم في قطر فيما يتعلّق بالفنون البصرية.

كما هو الحال في”ترابيز”، يحاول الفنانون القطريون الأداء كفنانين، وفي هذه المرحلة الجديدة التي فُتِحَت لهم، فهم يسافرونعبر الزمن، وبعناية كبيرة يحاولون إنجازالرحلة بين الأمس والغد، بين التراث والتقدم، وبين الذكريات والتطلعات.

لقد تم اختيارالفنانينالقطريينالذين تمّ نقديمهم فيهذا المعرضعبردعوة مفتوحةللفنانينللمشاركةمن خلال إنتاجوتقديمأعمالهم الفنيةالجديدةكالرسم، التصوير، النحت والفن فيديو، ليتم تطويرجميع الأعمالالتي ستقدم وإنتاجها خصيصا لهذاالمعرض،وسيقوم فريقالتنظيمفي كتاراباختيار أكثر الفنانينوالأعمالإثارةاليوم فيقطر.

ستختار كتارا الفنانين الذين تميّزوا من خلال أعمالهم والمعارض بالعمل بجدية لفهم أعمق لبلدهم والعالم وأنفسهم، من خلال أدائهم الفنّي.

برنامج معرض ومقتنيات “ترابيز”

الفنانون والأعمال الفنية

سيكشف الفنانون عن أعمال فنية تتناول موضوع جازي للمعرض،حيث يحاول الفنانون القطريون اليوم الربط بين الذكريات والتطلعات، وهي رحلة عبر توترا تخفية في النسيج الاجتماعي والثقافي لمجتمعهم، حيث أن احترام الأسلاف وإرثهم المعرفي هو ركيزة من ركائزالثقافة القطرية والمجتمع، والفنانون، باعتبارهم أحد الممثلين الأكثر أهمية في تعزيز الحوار والتطور والتقدم والاتجاه للتبادلات الثقافية للأمة، فلأمر حيوي في معالم قطرالثقافية المعاصرة أن تعمل على صياغة المستقبل واقتراح الحوارات التي تحتاج إلى وجود بين الذكريات والتطلعات.

شروط مشاركة الفنانين القطريين

1-       المشاركة خاصة بالفنانين القطريين فقط.

2-       يمكن لكل فنان قطري أن يشارك من خلال تقديم أحد الأعمال الفنية التالية:الرسم، التصوير، النحت وفن الفيديو.

3-       مشاركة كل فنّان لا تكون إلا في واحدة من الفئات المذكورة أعلاه.

4-       يجب على الفنانين إنتاج وتقديم ما لا يقل عن 5 أعمال فنية جديدة للتقييم من قبل لجنة الاختيار.

5-       تدعو كتارا الفنانين لتقديم أعمال فنية تتناول المواضيع التالية التي تعكس تطور قطر كدولة: الاقتصاد؛ البناء والعمارة؛ الصحة؛ السياحة؛ التعليم؛ الصناعة والتراث.

6-       ستحدد كتارا الأعمال الفنية للمعرض، ومقتنيات المجموعة الدائمة.

7-       آخر موعد لتقديم الأعمال الفنية 1 نوفمبرعام 2014، ويجب على الفنانين تقديم أعمالهم الفنية في استوديوهات كتارا للفن بكتارا المبنى 19، مصحوبة بصور عالية الجودة لأعمالهم الفنية المقدمة، وذلك بغرض إدراجها في كتالوج المعرض ووسائل الإعلام.


عملية الاختيار

ستُعَيّن كتارا لجنة التقييم والترشيح مكوّنة من فنانين ومتخصصين في الفن وخبراء المتحف بإشراف فريق الفنون البصرية بكتارا.

مقتنيات كتارا الدائمة للمجموعة الفنية

ستوصي لجنة الترشيح كتارا باقتناء مجموعة من الأعمال الفنية، حيث ستتاح الفرصة لكل فنان بإدراج أعمالهم في المعرض، و/أو تقتنيها كتارا في المجموعة الدائمة، ولن يتمَّ اعتبار إلاّ الأعمال الفنية المتميّزة ذات جودة استثنائية في كلتا الحالتين.

توفير استوديو للفنان

ستوفّر استوديوهات كتارا للفن استوديوهات للفنانين المهتمين بإنتاج أعمال فنية لهذا المعرض، ويجب على كل فنان التسجيل عبر  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  أوعن طريق زيارة استوديوهات كتارا للفن والاتصال بالسيد سعيد كوستا، المشرف بمعارض كتارا للفنون البصرية والبرامج التعليمية.

الإعلان عن المعرض والمقتنيات

سيتم افتتاح المعرض في قاعات كتارا يوم16  ديسمبرعام 2014، كجزء من مبادرات احتفالات اليوم


كتارا قطر الوطني لعام 2014.

The Belgian Saxophone Ensemble

  • Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:36
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The Cultural Village Foundation in cooperation with the Embassy of Belgium in Qatar Present the Hommage à Sax by the The Belgian Saxophone Ensemble on the 29th August in the Opera House – KATARA.

Six mouthpieces, 60 fingers, 152 keys – but just one aim: to play their hearts out! At each of its concerts the Belgian Saxophone Ensemble tries to create a unique unrepeatable world of sound with which the audience feels completely involved. Six passionate individuals have found each other through a shared desire to play the latest acoustic music, and they want you to be part of it.

When Adolphe Sax built his first saxophone, his aim was to create a wind instrument that could match the melodic versatility of stringed instruments. He succeeded! The saxophone is an instrument with enormous scope for expression. From the bass saxophone all the way through to the sopranino, there is an unbelievably broad range of musical colours. If you then add in all the percussive effects, you can do more or less anything with this wonderful instrument. The musicians in the Belgian Saxophone Ensemble have full mastery of all aspects of their instruments, and demonstrate their skill with acrobatic ease.


29 Aug - 29 Aug 2014

08:00:pm - 10:00:pm


Katara Opera House – Building 16

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar’s July Summer Art and Design Community Classes by noted local and international instructors, for students aged four and above, were a great success with the participating students.

In the three-week Design Intensive course for students aged 16 and above, they were introduced to art and design through the exploration of painting, drawing, printing, mixed media, dyeing, computer graphics and photography. Students also created individual projects related to fashion, interiors, graphics, painting & printmaking and art history, and participated in museum and gallery visits with presentations by practicing artists.

Creative Discovery, a two-week course targeting students aged 13-15, introduced them to art and design through classes in painting, drawing, illustrating, printing, and using computer graphics programs as well as creativity exercises, and group activities. Activities spread out over ten days included a visit to Anima Gallery, group challenges, mounting of work for the exhibition.

This summer, for the second consecutive year, VCUQatar offered opportunities for younger students, hosting week-long classes – two Art Exploration classes: ‘Aboriginal Arts’ for 9 to 10 year olds and ‘Distorted Portraits’ for 11 to 12 year olds; and two Art Fun classes for students aged four to five (Jungle Art Exploration) and six to eight (In the Jungle).

Ninety seven students – 43 Qatari and 54 expatriate – participated in the classes and received certificates while also showcasing their work in an exhibition open to family and friends.

Certificates were handed to the students of all the programs in the presence of faculty, alumni, students and their families at the end of the course.

The next set of Community Classes and Portfolio Development Classes will start in October 2014. Details will be available on the VCUQatar website www.qatar.vcu.edu.



شهدت دورات الفن والتصميم الصيفية لجامعة فرجينيا كومنولث في قطر التي يقدمها مدربين محليين ودوليين، والتي شارك فيها طلبة من عمر 4 سنوات وما فوق، نجاحا كبيرا.

فأثناء دورة التصميم المكثفة، والتي استمرت ثلاثة أسابيع للطلبة من عمر 16 عاما وما فوق، قام الطلاب بالتعرف على الفن والتصميم من خلال استكشاف التصوير، والرسم، والطباعة، والوسائل الفنية المختلفة، والصباغة، والرسم باستخدام الكمبيوتر والتصوير الفوتوغرافي. كما قام الطلاب بابتكار مشاريع فردية في الأزياء، والتصميم الداخلي، والرسم، والطباعة، وتاريخ الفن، وشاركوا في زيارات ميدانية للمتاحف والمعارض وحضروا محاضرات لفنانين ممارسين.

أما المشاركين في دورة استكشاف الإبداع والتي استمرت لمدة أسبوعين واستهدفت الطلاب من 13-15 عاما، فتعرفوا على الفن والتصميم من خلال دروس في الرسم، والتلوين، والطباعة، واستخدام برامج الكمبيوتر في الغرافيك وتمارين الإبداع، والأنشطة الجماعية. كما شملت الأنشطة التي استمرت عشرة أيام زيارة لمعرض أنيما، والعديد من التحديات الجماعية.


كما قدمت جامعة فرجينيا كومنولث هذا الصيف، للسنة الثانية على التوالي، فرصة للطلاب الأصغر سنا، واستضافت لمدة أسبوع – دورتين في استكشاف الفن : "أساسيات الفن" للعمر 9 و 10 سنوات، و"صور مشوهة" للأطفال من سن 11 إلى 12 سنة؛ ودورتين بعنوان "الفن المرح" للطلاب من عمر 4 إلى 5 سنوات بعنوان "استكشاف فن الغابة" ودورة أخرى بعنوان "في الغابة" للطلاب من عمر 6 – 8 سنوات.

شارك 97 طالبا منهم 43 طالبا قطريا في الدورات الصيفية حيث حصل الطلاب على شهادات وقاموا بعرض أعمالهم في معرض مفتوح لأفراد العائلة والأصدقاء.

هذا وقد قامت عميد جامعة فرجينيا كومنولث في قطر السيدة أليسون فانستون وفي نهاية الدورات بتوزيع الشهادات على جميع طلاب الدورات بحضور أعضاء هيئة التدريس والخريجين والطلاب وأسرهم.

ستبدأ المجموعة التالية من دورات خدمة المجتمع ودورات تطوير الملف الشخصي في شهر اكتوبر 2014. ستتوفر تفاصيل الدورات على الموقع الإلكتروني لجامعة فرجينيا كومنولث في قطر www.qatar.vcu.edu

Ghaza ... The Hope - غزة ... الأمل

  • Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:16
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Qatar Photographic Society, The Embassy of Palestine in Doha Qatar, and Qatar Charity invites you all to the photo exhibition "Ghaza ... The Hope" by the Palestinian photographer: Ali Nour Al Dein

The exhibition will be open to the public on 7th of August 2014 at 7:00PM in the Qatar Photographic Society, Katara cultural village , building 18.



تتشرف الجمعية القطرية للتصوير الضوئي بالتعاون مع السفارة الفلسطينية وجمعية قطر الخيرية  بدعوتكم لحضور


  افتتاح  معرض     ( غزة ... الامل  )


للمصورالفلسطيني : علي نور الدين


وذلك فى الساعة السادسة والنصف من مساء الخميس 7 أغسطس 2014م بمقر الجمعية القطرية للتصويرالضوئي بالحى الثقافي - كتارا


مبني رقم 18 



Project Space 4: Doha Art Map

  • Wednesday, 06 August 2014 07:57
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A collaborative mapping experiment to locate spaces of art in Doha

July - September,  2014


Project Space 4 presents a collaborative mapping experiment to locate spaces of art in Doha. A map of Doha is projected on the wall in Mathaf’s Project Space onto which places we experience art will be pinned by the public and the project’s curators. Ephemeral projects and events can also be included. Images and references related to these places can be printed in the space and pasted to the walls, creating a collective image bank. The online map below will be updated to reflect the locations added in the Project Space

The project was conceived by local curators and educators from Katara Art Center, QMA Public Arts, and Mathaf in a recent curatorial workshop at the museum on the subject of critical practice. The workshop addressed the responsibility of cultural practitioners, institutions, and independent art spaces to provide places for constructive dialogue and exchange, and asked how they are currently doing this in Doha. But a more urgent question became clear: where exactly are the spaces for art and creativity in the city?

The Doha Art Map asks us to work together to identify where we see and experience art in Doha and discuss how these could become more generous to our needs. 

Contribute to the project online via social media or the myHistro Doha Art Map. Each week, we’ll ask a different question about art spaces and practice in Doha and ask for your input. 

Use the hashtag #DohaArtMap to suggest places for inclusion on the online map or leave a comment on myHistro. 







The project is collaboratively organized by Noor Jamal Abuissa, Assistant Curator, Public Art, Qatar Museums; Khaltham Daham Al Kuwari, VIP and Gallery Tour Coordinator III, Mathaf; Laura Barlow, Assistant Curator, Mathaf; Leonore-Namkha Beschi, Assistant Curator, Mathaf; Mayssa Fattouh, Artistic Director and Curator, Katara Art Center; Abdellah Karroum, Director, Mathaf; Fatima Mostafawi , Collections / Curatorial, Mathaf; Grace Murray, Education, Mathaf.

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