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Hassan Al Asmakh (right), Vice President of Regency Group, announces the Al Asmakh International Art Symposium in Doha yesterday. Ayman Lotfy (left), General Manager of Windham Grand Regency Hotel, and Mohammed Atiq, General Coordinator of the symposium are also present. Salim Matramkot
BY RAYNALD C RIVERA
DOHA: Twenty-three artists from 14 countries are in Qatar for the first-ever ‘Al Asmakh International Fine Art Symposium’, which takes place at the Sealine Beach from today until March 21.
Renowned contemporary artists from Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Netherlands, India, Russia, Bangladesh and Morocco arrived yesterday for the week-long art symposium.
Speaking to The Peninsula, Ayman Lotfy, General Manager, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, organisers of the event, said the symposium is just one of their initiatives to establish the hotel as a hub for artists in the country.
“We want the hotel to be the place for artists in Qatar; this is our aim. The finished artworks of the participants at the symposium would be part of the permanent collection of the hotel,” he said, adding the interiors of the hotel would be art themed.
Under the motto of “Hand in Hand for One Art and One Destiny,” the symposium offers a diverse line-up of events for the artists including a series of lectures, workshops and museum visits.
Time will also be given for artists to realise their interpretation of the beauty of nature in Qatar through their own artworks based on their background and experience and for this Sealine beach was chosen to be the venue of the workshops.
“It was crucial to depart from usual venues for symposia such as halls and museums so we decided to choose Sealine because it is a unique place where the artists can see the real beauty of Qatar’s natural landscape, its deserts and seas. They were all delighted of the venue since it’s a combination of art and leisure,” explained Lotfy.
The symposium sets an excellent stage for stimulating the artists’ imagination to create inspiring works of art. “All the participants are very good artists and respectable names in the field of art, so this is not a competition but more a showcase of their unique creativity,” said Lotfy.
“Thanks to the vision of H H the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to make Qatar the biggest destination for the world in various fields, I’m proud to support this event and wish it all the success as a cultural event that puts Qatar on the global map for art,” said Hassan Ibrahim Al Asmakh, Vice President, Business Development, Regency Group Holding, who is sponsoring the inaugural event.
All paintings will be exhibited at a cocktail reception to be held in Wyndham Grand Regency Doha’s Al Qasr ballroom on March 20 from 7pm until 10pm, to be attended by top VIPs and hotel guests.