Posted on November 19, 2018

The Fire Station hosted an Open Studio night whereby members of the public had the chance to meet the 18 artists currently participating in the highly successful Artist in Residence programme.

The event was an opportunity for art enthusiasts to interact with the artists, speak to them about their work and explore the Fire Station – a hub for the country’s growing art community. Artists displayed their current works which included a variety of media including fine art, sculpture, photography and more.

Launched under the patronage of Qatar Museums’ (QM) Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Fire Station offers artists in Qatar the chance to immerse themselves in their work for a period of nine-months. The residency provides them with individualized studios and the chance to collaborate with fellow creatives and find ways to develop and explore their own techniques. They also meet curators, access all Qatar Museums (QM) exhibitions and are encouraged to join workshops and lectures.

The programme is part of QM’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent in the country and helping Qatar originate art and culture from within by providing platforms where creativity can thrive.

Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director of the Fire Station said: “The Open Studio Night is one of our most popular events because it allows the public to directly interact with the artists and explore their worlds. Such events are not only a testament to the country’s growing art scene but are also a showcase of the incredible work that Qatar Museums is doing to inspire audiences living in and visiting Qatar. With every year, I am incredibly impressed with the works produced by the artists in residence and I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with by the end of the programme next year.”

Participating artists include:

  1. Shaikha Jassim AL-Hardan  Qatar
  2. Sarah Hassan  Al-Ansari Qatar
  3. Mohammed Faraj Al-Suwaidi Qatar
  4. Abdulla Najib AL-Kuwari Qatar
  5. Maryam Masoud Alameri (Qatar)
  6. Federica Visani  (Italy)
  7. Nayla Al Mulla (Qatar)
  8. Faisal Rashid Alhajri (Qatar)
  9. Lolwa Al Solaiti (Qatar)
  10. Sara Ahmad Al-Fadaaq (Qatar)
  11. Rouda Abdulaziz M A Al-Khori (Qatar)
  12. Hassan Manasra (Jordan)
  13. Alaa Bata (Jordan)
  14. Jesse Payne (USA)
  15. Guillaume Claude Felicien Rousere (France)
  16. Nourbano Feras Al Hejazi (Saudi Arabia)
  17. Sidra Zubairi (Pakistan)
  18. Eman Makki (Egypt)
  19. Michael Perrone (USA)

The Fire Station will announce the open call to the Artist in Residence program during February of 2019. All artists residing in Qatar are welcome to submit their applications through the online submissions page. More information about the residency and Fire Station activities can be found at