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MIA to take Qatari artists on a learning trip to India

Tribune News Network
The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) has announced a new initiative titled ‘Ektashif’ that will see six Qatari artists visiting India on a 10-day art trip.
The participants will produce four to five pieces inspired by their visit which will be displayed at an art exhibition to be held at MIA in January 2020.
The trip is sponsored by Seashore Qatar, a Qatari-owned company and one of the largest multi-disciplined business enterprises in Qatar.
The trip will include visits to sites of historic interest such as the Qutub Minar and the Red Fort in Delhi, Amber Palace and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, and the Red Fort and Taj Mahal in Agra.
Besides, each day will include a workshop session whereby participants will discover the intricate traditional arts of India, including marble inlay, known as parchinkari, block printing, jewellery making, carpet weaving and more.
Commenting on the announcement, Salem al Marri, deputy director Learning and Outreach, said: “This new initiative comes in celebration of our current exhibition Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels of Royal Indian Courts. We wanted to give our aspiring Qatari artists a chance to explore the cultural diversity of India, while bringing their own perspective to the workshops and conversations that they will be having. We look forward to seeing how this experience will influence and enrich their work.”
The trip is open to Qatari, practising artists, over the age of 18. Participants must also have had some experience exhibiting their work in the past.
Under the leadership of HE Sheikha al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) is committed to supporting local talents and creating a strong cultural scene in the country through various projects and initiatives.