Posted on December 19, 2018

Qatar Museums announced two Qatari artists selected to take part in the first residency at the newly formed “Studio 209 NY”, a new partnership for an international art residency which will commence in 2019. The first two artists who will be joining the Internation Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) are Fatima Mohammed and Sarah Al Oabidli.

Fatima Mohammed, who will join the residency from January 1 – Mar 30, 2019, is a contemporary Qatari artist who works in mixed media, printmaking and installation art. She also creates her own homemade inks from medicine that is meant to cure her back ailment. In 2016, Fatima graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar with a bachelor's degree in Painting and Printmaking and a minor in Art History. Fatima has had two group shows at the Katara Art Center and one group show at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.

Sara Al Obaidly, who will take part in “Studio 209 NY” from April 1 – June 30, 2019, is a portrait and documentary photographer. She obtained a BA in Fashion Textiles with Business Studies and an MA in Sustainable Design at The University of Brighton. Her self-initiated projects explore the varying political, philosophical and social issues of today. Most recently, her work has been exhibited as part to the Contemporary Art Qatar shows in Germany and Russia.

Commenting on the announcement, Khalifa Al Obaidly, Director at the Fire Station stated: ““Studio 209 NY” is the latest addition to Qatar Museums’ comprehensive portfolio of programmes that look to nurture a new generation of creators and help Qatar originate sources for art and creativity from within. I am so proud to see Fatima and Sarah take on New York and bring their unique aesthetic to an ever-expanding range of international audiences who have been exposed to art from Qatar. We have had enormously positive experiences and receptions on the international stage through our existing residency in Paris and when showcasing work by artists from Qatar on the international stage as part of the Year of Culture and I have no doubt we will impress once again.”

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.

The Qatari artists will have access to a diverse global network of colleagues along with other programme benefits, including 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. 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.

QM has also announced the next application deadline for artists wishing to join the residency in New York for the summer and fall slots commencing July 1 – September 30, 2019 and October 1 – December 31, 2019. The open call will run from January 1, 2019 to March 1, 2019. Qatari artists, aged 18 and above, are encouraged to apply through the Fire Station website at www.firestation.org.qa. ISCP residents are generally 5-10 years into their professional practice and would be described as emerging to mid-career. The residency is open to artists working across all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, performance, installation, illustration, drawing and video, among other.

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