Fire Station announces sixth edition of Artist in Residence programme.

The Fire Station recently announced AIR 6, the sixth edition of its Artist in Residence programme. The nine-month residency, running from September 15 to June 15, 2022, provides an opportunity for artists residing in Qatar to develop their creative practice via mentorship, working with curators, open studios and access to the building’s facilities including a fabrication lab and exhibition spaces. During the residency, the Fire Station will host two open studio events, one in the autumn and another in spring. The Open Studio Night is an event where members of the public are given access to the Fire Station studios to meet the artists, view their artworks and learn more about the current projects of the Artist in Residence programme.

The programme includes networking events for participating artists such as workshops and weekly artists’ gatherings held in the studios. In addition, the artists will have the opportunity to meet curators, visiting creatives and museum professionals in one-on-one studio visits to view and critique their projects. At the end of the residency programme, artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their works in an exhibition in the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station.

Participating artists for the sixth edition include Aisha al-Mannai, Wadha al-Musallam, Johnatan Machado, Noof al-Theyab, Ali al-Naama, Hazim Mohamed, Abdulrahman al-Thani, Hemanth Madupu, Fatima al-Yousef, Noor al-Kuwari, Maha Alsulaiti, Sarah Jayyousi, Amna Almuftah, Shaikha al-khulaifi, Abeer Zakzouk and Farah al-Sidiky.

Khalifa Ahmad al-Obaidli, Director of the Fire Station, said: “Our annual Artist in Residence programme aims to nurture creative talent in Qatar. Over the course of nine months, participating artists work to hone artistic practice in visual arts, photography, film, sound art, design or literature. The programme is also a great opportunity for artists to network and draw inspiration from one another.”

As part of Qatar Museums’ expanding network, the Fire Station is committed to fostering creativity among the wider community and supporting local artists through programmes such as the Artist in Residence.

Through its impressive portfolio of museums, community outreach programmes and historical preservation initiatives, Qatar Museums is nurturing a sustainable cultural infrastructure and firmly positioning itself as a leading cultural hub in the region. ✤