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“With the amount of freedom that I have here, I’d like to produce artwork that is not necessarily client-based, but more purely based on my love for exploring, building, making and, most importantly, having fun…it will be driven mainly by passion and curiosity rather than overthinking the final product. I am looking forward to going with the flow and just letting it be.” –Maryam Al-Homaid MFA in Design ‘14 / BFA Graphic Design ‘10

While the Fire Station is currently a unique establishment in Doha’s arts community, it is not the first program of its kind in the country. To honor the decade-long legacy of The Art Center (a past artist-in-residence initiative sponsored by H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Thani), the Fire Station presented “555,” an inaugural exhibition showcasing works by renowned artists Dia Azzawi, Ismail Fattah and Ismail Azzam, among others. The exhibition’s subtitle, “reigniting the past,” speaks to the connection Sheikh Hassan’s early project has with those “creative sparks of our future” Director Al Khalifa described in her welcome address to the Fire Station’s new crop of talent. Additional programming designed to supplement the residency is certain to help the artists establish productive practices and collaborations. “We’ll able to participate in exhibitions and art events, workshops, critiques and conferences. At the Fire Station, the artists will be the center of attention…I think if we all work hard enough, more people will recognize successful artists from Qatar in the future,” says resident Hana Al Saadi (BFA Painting & Printmaking ‘15). The Doha Fire Station is poised to become key component in Qatar’s quest to encourage and promote young artists. To be sure, the initiative will speak to the aspirations of motivated VCUQatar graduates, especially those looking to participate in creative conversations and

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‫وقد أوضحت السيدة هالة آل خليفة مدير المحطة يف كلمهتا االفتتاحية للمواهب‬ ‫ يشري إىل‬،"‫اليت تم اختيارها بأن "عنوان المعرض "جلب المايض إىل المستقبل‬ ‫ عام ًا واليت‬20 ‫الموجات الفنية اليت أثارها مرشوع الشيخ حسن منذ ما يقارب‬ ."‫تعد اآلن رشارات إبداعية لمستقبلنا‬ ‫تم تصميم براجم إضافية هتدف إىل استكمال برناجم اإلقامة وماسعدة هؤالء الفنانني‬ ‫ عن ذلك حتدثت أحدى الفنانني‬.‫عىل إناشء مماراست فنية وواسئل تعاونية فعالة‬ ‫ خرجية قسم الرسم والطباعة يف جامعة فرجينيا‬،‫ هناء السعدي‬،‫من هذا الربناجم‬ ‫ "سنتمكن من الماشركة يف المعارض والفعاليات‬:‫ قائلة‬٢٠١٥ ‫كومنولث يف قطر‬ ... ‫ الفنان هو حمور االهتمام‬،‫ يف هذا المكان‬.‫ وورش العمل والمؤمترات‬،‫الفنية‬ ‫ جيب أن‬،‫ولكن هذا المكان لن يفيدنا إذا لم نستغل فرصة وجودنا هنا بالكامل‬ ‫نعمل مجيعا جبد حىت يكون هناك أناس أكرث يعرتفون بنا كفنانني ناجحني من قطر‬ ."‫يف المستقبل‬

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Context Magazine 2014-2015: Issue 4  

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar's annual magazine

Context Magazine 2014-2015: Issue 4  

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar's annual magazine

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