Artists who participated in Katara Murals honoured
21 Apr 2017 - 0:09
A total of 107 large-scale paintings adorn the walls of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, thanks to the recently concluded second edition of ‘Katara Murals with the Brushes of Artists’ project which tapped 51 artists from 17 countries.
The project reflected the popularity of the art form as Katara visitors watched artists immersing themselves in the task of creating their painting on a three by four-metre wall.
The varying artworks are a spectacular display of the artists’ interpretation of Qatar’s legacy and Katara’s identity— the theme of the project which ran from February 5 to 28.
The local, regional and international artists who took part in the project showcased not only their talents but also innovative techniques to overcome the challenges posed by the rainy month, resulting in varied artworks reflecting their different cultures and artistic backgrounds.
Among the artists who participated were Austrian Ambassador Willy Kempel, and Qatari artists Mariam Ahmad Al Mulla, Ahmad Nooh Al Zayed, Eman Abdulah Al Haidos, Haifa Al Sada, Fatima Mohamed Al Naeimi and Fahad Al Maadad.
Katara honoured the artists and supervisors who participated in the project at a grand event on Wednesday night at Katara’s Wisdom Square.
The ceremony was held in the presence Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, dignitaries, artists and media personnel. It kicked off with a short documentary that depicted images of the various phases that the artists went through to complete the murals safely.
“We welcome you today at the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara where creativity and beauty meet. Arts and culture are an ideal way of building communication bridges between people from all walks of life. The first edition of Katara Murals with the Brushes of Artists’ project saw participation of various nationalities, and here we are today continuing down the same path. These artists came from diverse fine art schools and they translated their vision of Katara and Qatar, through their completed murals. By the end of the event, 107 paintings adorned Katara’s walls, spreading the message that art is a common language between people from different civilizations, among Katara’s visitors,” said Al Sulaiti.
“Katara Murals stem from Katara’s keenness to constantly enrich the local art scene through initiatives that aid in developing a meeting place that unites arts and cultures together under one umbrella. The project aims to develop the artists’ expertise, as well as providing a platform for the them to interact with the public, through a meaningful masterpiece, while strengthening the relations between artists who come from different walks of life,” the Katara chief added.
He awarded the participating artists with souvenirs, miniature versions of their painted murals, and booklets of the event containing information about each painter and their finished murals.
Supervisors and families of the artists were also felicitated at the event.