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February 22, 2019

Qatar Foundation Opens up Access to Art

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The latest edition of Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Art Trail program is well underway, with the next tour set to take place on Saturday, February 23, at the 2015 building (QF Headquarters).

Open to the public, the tours, which take place periodically throughout the year, are led by QF art specialists and aim to showcase some of the artwork displayed across Education City.

Catering to different age groups and interests, the initiative strives to inspire creativity among Qatar’s community, while increasing artistic appreciation and awareness and also providing opportunities for social interaction and discussion.

Previous tours organized through the current edition of the Art Trail initiative have included Qatar National Library and the Minaretein Building (Education City Mosque), which featured a modern prayer rug exhibition that recently concluded.

Showcasing the work of students from QF partner university Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), the exhibition was divided into two sections – the finalists of the VCUarts Qatar Materials Library Modern Prayer Design Competition in 2017, and MFA in Design students and faculty members who attended a week-long workshop in the Netherlands in 2018.

Rabab Abdulla, one of the exhibitors who took part in the workshop in the Netherlands, said: “Art is a form of communication, and the exhibition at Minaretein gave us an opportunity to show the public the meaning and significance of prayer rugs.

“It allowed us to tell our story, present our ideas, and convey our thinking – and, ultimately, it facilitated learning, encouraged information sharing, and opened doors for future collaborations and opportunities.”

QF strives to serve as a platform for local and regional artists and designers to showcase their work, and is home to many arts and cultural centers and galleries including Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and VCUarts Qatar.

Upcoming Art Trail tours will take place at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar on March 9; the VCUarts Qatar Gallery on March 14; and Sidra Medicine on April 6. Those wishing to join can register by emailing qftrail@qf.org.qa