Qatar Museums expands the Public Art programme, one of the world’s most ambitious, with more than 40 additional works.

Ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup, Qatar will be transformed into an outdoor art museum experience with installations by leading local, regional and international artists. As part of Qatar Creates — the year-round national cultural movement – Qatar Museums (QM) announced a programme of new and commissioned public artworks.

Qatar Museums is working with various entities across the city on Qatar’s Public Art programme, including the Hamad International Airport, the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy and the Public Works Authority – Ashghal. The artworks will be installed at high-traffic and unexpected public spaces such as shopping areas, educational and athletic facilities, Hamad International Airport and Q-Rail stations, as well as stadiums that will host the World Cup matches.

Her Excellency Shaikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, said: “The addition of 40 new, major works of public art this fall is a significant milestone for Qatar’s public art programme. Public art is one of our most prominent demonstrations of cultural exchange, where we present works from artists of all nationalities and backgrounds. From the arrivals at the best airport in the world — Hamad International Airport — to every neighbourhood in our nation, public art is there to make your experience unique. These works vary in size and form and they encompass a wide range of subject matter, but all further our mission to make art more accessible, engage our public, celebrate our heritage and embrace the cultures of others. More importantly, artists from every corner of the world — representing all continents — have been invited to express their artistic creativity with our very own diverse population. Our longstanding commitment to public art is visible across Qatar, and we hope these works will be welcomed by locals and enhance the experiences had by the millions of visitors we expect to welcome to Doha this year.” ✤