Posted on March 25, 2019

On Monday, 25 March, Qatar Museums (QM) will officially launch “QatarCreates” – a week-long programme of panels, talks, workshops and tours that shine a spotlight on the dynamism, diversity and creativity of Qatar’s burgeoning arts and cultural scene.

Organised to mark the official opening of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), the carefully curated series of events brings together world-renowned collaborators and partners from the fields of arts and culture for a packed programme that is set to inspire and engage audiences across the country. Under the visionary leadership of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of QM, the progamme has been put together in recent months by the Education Team at QM. It is designed to provide platforms for dialogue, encourage the exchange of ideas and build bridges of understanding between the State of Qatar and some of the most exciting artistic and cultural centres in the world.

To kick-start the week-long series of panels and workshops, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts will host a panel discussion on 25 March from 16:00 to 17:30about how art schools have changed in the past decades and what the future of art education might look like. The panel is titled “From the Art School to the Art World: Preparing a New Generation of Artists, Designers and Art Professionals for the Future.” QM’s Director of Education Dr. Jelena Trkulja will moderate the discussion and will be joined by Roseanne Somerson, President of the Rhode Island School of Design; Shawn Brixey, Deanof Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts;Marta Kuzma, Dean and Professor at Yale Universityand David Linley, The Earl of Snowdon.

Together, they will explore how art education has changed since the establishment of the first art academies centuries ago, the extent to which art education follows current trends and prepares students for challenges of today's art industry, and ultimately ask how important formal art education is for artists, designers and craftsmen, as well as other art and museum professionals.

Later that afternoon, starting at 17:00 to 18:30 at the Fire Station, a group of distinguished figures will take part in a panel moderated by Tom Eccles, Executive Director for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and titled “Public Art & Cultural Heritage.” They includeBritish artist Liam Gillick, whose new work Folded Extracted Personified, has just been installed in MIA Park; French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, who has created a site-specific commission for the new NMoQ; and Raqs Media Collective member Shuddhabrata Sengupta.

This panel talkaddresses questions related to how an artwork fits into a location and environmentand how the surroundings interact with it. These experts will be joined by Abdulrahman Al Ishak, Head of Qatar Museums’ Public Art programme to give examples from Qatar and abroad and discuss the role of public art in preserving and critically exploring cultural heritage.

Photographer Brigitte Lacombe, known for her influential and revelatory portraiture, will also deliver “Photography Talks” from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at Katara Cultural Village. In this talk, she will discuss her life,her work and what it takes to capturethe authentic essence of a subject. On day two of the programme, on March 26th, arts and culture buffs and fashionistas are set to be spoiled for choice as one of the busiest and most exciting days in the week-long programme sees three top-class events take place.

Starting at 11:00am at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, a group of cultural luminaries will broach the subject of “Museums of Modern Art – Current Trends, East and West.” Mark Rappolt, leading Cultural Critic and Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview, will moderate a discussion between Michael Govan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Adam Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum; Monica Narula, Co-founder of Raqs Media Collective; VasiliTsereteli, Executive Director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf.

The panel will focus on various aspects of curatorial practice, programming, and socio-political engagement of museums of modern art, and assess the public’s evolving interest in modern art and its social relevance in today’s context. The panel will also raise questions about the current trends in collecting and displaying modern art, both in the East and West.

Elsewhere at the same time, in the Auditorium at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Brad Goreski, Former co-host of E!’s hit series “Fashion Police” and one of the most sought-after fashion stylists, along with Samer Khouzami, make-up guru, and Monique Lhuillier, world-renowned fashion designer, will discuss in a panel titled “Dressing for the Red Carpet” how celebrities dress for the red carpet and share expert insight into the considerations that inform their choices. They will also outline the process of finding the most compelling look for the carpet, matching brands with celebrities, as well as share insider tips about what works best. This panel will be moderated by Nadine Njeim, popular actress and Miss Lebanon 2004 titleholder.

Later at 14:30pm that afternoon, also at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium, Rebecca Rabinow, Director of the Menil Collection in Houston will moderate a discussion on the changing role of women in the art world and society. She will be joined by a number of leading Qatari female filmmakers, artists and musicians and other high-profile filmmakers to explore the extent to which one’s gender informs one’s art, whether artists feel the urgency to address topics primarily connected to women and where the social and political aspect of art production ends and the deeply personal begins. 

The panel includes Dana Al Fardan, popular Qatari musician; contemporary Qatari artists Aisha Nasser Al-Sowaidi and Dr. Reem Meshal; Academy Award nominee Mira Nair and Monica Narula, Co-Founder of Raqs Media Collective. The panellists will explore whether women artists are treated or observed differently from their male counterparts and examine the experience of female artists creating today. Over the course of five days, from 25th to 29th March, more than 60pioneers and leaders in their respective fields will share insights, perspectives and ideas with large groups of audiences in locations that range from NMoQ, Qatar National Library, the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara and more. Participants include photographers, architects, artists, critics, commentators, designers, film-makers and more.

Together they represent the largest concentration of artistic talent that the country has ever seen and present a unique opportunity for young artists and talented creatives to hear from and be inspired by some of the world’s most significant and influential cultural icons. Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Given that the events are expected to be enormously popular, interested visitors are encouraged to arrive early at the venues.

Museum admissions

Starting from March 28, admission to NMoQ, MIA and Mathaf will be charged at the entrance. General admission will be QAR 50 for adults; QAR 25 for students and free for children under 16, Culture Pass Plus and Culture Pass Family Members, and visitors with disabilities. Tickets will be free of charge for Qatari nationals and residents of the State of Qatar, with a valid Qatari ID. General admission tickets include exhibitions within the museum and are valid for three consecutive days from the date of first admission. Museum Pass is QAR 100 and permits admission to all museums and venues, valid for three consecutive days from the date of first admission. For full terms and conditions, visit:  https://www.qm.org.qa/en/ticketing-terms-conditions

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