Art enthusiasts in Qatar and elsewhere in the world will have the chance to view stunning works by local and regional artists at virtual exhibitions organised by Katara – the Cultural Village. Katara launched several other virtual initiatives recently as part of its Summer Festival 2020, which aims to encourage and inspire groups in the country to further enhance and develop their creativity through different activities and competitions.
A series of virtual exhibitions organised by Katara will run until December
A number of 'Culture Collision' paintings feature popular cartoon characters with Qatari landmarks on the backdrop
Qatar residents can take part in an array of activities and competitions – presented remotely through Katara’s social media pages in line with the state’s precautionary measures in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Opened on June 23 and running until December, Syrian artist Hadi Qasous’ 'Patches' showcases 16 unique paintings which reflect the artist’s penchant for calligraphy and colour.
In his post on Instagram, Qasous, who lives in Lebanon, thanked Qatar and officials of Katara led by its general manager, Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, for sponsoring his third exhibition at the Cultural Village. The Syrian-born artist, a member of various art organisations, has taken part in many art exhibitions across the globe and received many awards and citations from notable institutions and cultural centres.
A fascinating exhibition titled ‘Al Taybeen’ by Qatari artist Ali Dasmal al-Kuwari also kicked off in May and will be on show until December 31, displaying 17 paintings that focus on local architecture. Katara also presents Hassan Taleb Alsalat’s 'Cultures Collision', a one-of-its-kind exhibition featuring a number of works that put a spotlight on popular cartoon characters with well-known Qatari/Arab landmarks on the backdrop.
Another Qatari artist, Fatima al-Nuaimi, a graduate of Art Education at Qatar University and member of Qatar Society of Fine Arts, displayed several pieces “that reflected both of unanticipated and foreseen results combined in one artwork to demonstrate the comparison” in her latest exhibition, titled 'The Result'.
Besides virtual exhibitions, Katara’s Heritage collections (photography) competition is underway, which gives residents the opportunity to take part and shoot videos using their mobile phones. Each participant is allowed to submit three videos (not exceeding three minutes) on or before July 30. QR15,000 is at stake for the top prize while the second-place winner will get QR12,000 and QR10,000 for the third.