Posted on August 02, 2018

Under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) announced the opening of “Studio 209 NY”, a new partnership for an international art residency which will commence in 2019. Qatari artists will have the opportunity to apply for a residency at the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Programme (ISCP) in New York, USA.

The ISCP is a laboratory for the world’s most promising artists and curators. It supports the creative advancement of its participants and promotes cultural exchange through residencies, exhibitions and public programmes. Housed in East Williamsburg, with 35 work studios and two gallery spaces, the ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency programme, and the fourth largest worldwide. With over 1,350 alumni from more than 80 countries, it hosts more than 100 residents each year.

Participating Qatari artists will have access to a diverse global network of colleagues which will enable them to forge life-long connections, engage in inspiring conversations with their peers, and nurture their artistic skills. Programme benefits include, among others: a private, furnished studio space; monthly access to cultural institutions in and outside New York; monthly private studio visits with professionals from other museums, galleries and alternative spaces; the opportunity to meet with one of the two visiting critics to ISCP each month; as well as the opportunity to realize public projects in several offsite venues in New York.

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Commenting on the announcement, Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director at the Fire Station stated: “After the success of the Paris Residency Programme, we are pleased to announce a new international partnership which will allow Qatari artists to find new inspirations, challenge themselves and refine their skills. The ISCP is also the fourth largest residency in the world, which will give our emerging artists an international platform to tell their stories and showcase their work. We look forward to starting a new chapter in Qatar Museums’ ambitious journey of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar through investing in our country’s creative talents.”

ISCP residents are generally 5-10 years into their professional practice and would be described as emerging to mid-career. The programme hosts artists working with a wide range of media including, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, illustration, drawing, video, socially-engaged art and research-based work. Much like its Paris counterpart, the ISCP includes an Open Studio programme. The two-day event will provide the opportunity for all ISCP residents to present their work to the public, giving them an unmatched opportunity to showcase the results of their residency in one of the world’s most iconic cities.

The Fire Station will sponsor one Qatari artist for three months, as well as provide them with a monthly stipend for their stay and art materials purchases. Qatari artists, aged 18 and above, are encouraged to apply for the programme by sending their portfolio to:

“Studio 209 NY” is the latest addition to QM’s comprehensive portfolio of programmes which aim to nurture a new generation of creators and help Qatar originate sources for art and creativity from within.