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Fire Station launches design contest to celebrate Qatari art and heritage

Fire Station launches design contest
to celebrate Qatari art and heritage

Tribune News Network
Qatar Museums’ Fire Station Artist in Residence, in association with Coastal Qatar, has announced a design competition titled ‘Qatar Al Fann’ (Qatar Art) for local artists. The contest aims to transform functional products that the general public interact with, to functional art like landscape furniture, carpets, rugs, etc., embodying the rich Qatari culture and heritage.
“Qatar is on the threshold of hosting the most prestigious and exciting global sporting event, the FIFA 2022 Football World Cup. The event will without doubt, provide Qatar an unprecedented level of international exposure and the opportunity to showcase its rich Arab cultural and heritage to the entire world,” said Khalifa al Obaidli, director of Fire Station Artist in Residence.
“Historically, art has thrived only with the support of patrons. We are extremely happy to note that government bodies like Ashghal, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Lusail Development, Msheireb, Awqaf, etc. have expressed their eagerness to incorporate the selected designs in their upcoming projects. Qatar could probably be the only country where the government agencies have come forward to promote functional art designed by the local artists,” he added.
A jury would be appointed to judge designs for incorporation into a cobranded design library with the details of the artist, inspiration for the design, etc. which could be used by architects and designers for their projects.
Coastal Qatar will organise the production of the selected products deliver to the projects.
“Coastal Qatar has always strived to embody the essence and pride of Qatari products. We aim to showcase Qatari products on the global stage as world class products,” stated Nishad Azeem, Group CEO of Coastal.
The products could be utilised in public spaces, hotels, offices, parks, mosques, etc. both locally and projects across the world. The contest aims to provide a unique platform for the local artists to showcase their talent, while providing them with exposure to global audience.