The Museum of Islamic Art announced the names of the participants in “Discover 2” program, the annual initiative in which 8 Qatari artists participated this year: Mona Al-Badr, Mashael Hijazi, Naima Al-Hail, Ali Al-Kuwari, Zainab Al-Shaibani, Salha Al-Subaie, Ahmed Al-Ali, and Nouf Al-Muraikhi.
The participating artists will have an educational trip to Istanbul, in cooperation with the organizing committee for Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World for 2021, and the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The Museum of Islamic Art stated that a committee of experienced artists in various artistic fields and from different sectors was formed, which met on 7 September to select the participants in “Discover 2” program.
Mr. Salem Abdullah Al-Aswad, Deputy Director of the Museum of Islamic Art said that the Museum of Islamic Art is proud of this strategic partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, noting that “Discover 2” program is part of a wide range of programs and cultural and artistic activities, all of which come under the umbrella of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021.
For his part, Hamad Al-Azabah, General Coordinator of the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021, said that this partnership comes to enhance the Qatari artistic energies, which have a high degree of potential and talent, which makes them worthy of the support they deserve, and it will be a great opportunity to express the artistic self, evoking its accumulations and talents, in addition to highlighting the beauty of Islamic arts, the historical richness of heritage and archaeological landmarks, and architectural uniqueness.
The committee set several criteria for selection, including that the candidate is a Qatari who has never participated in this trip before, and has good experience in the field of art, giving an opportunity to discover new Qatari talents, as well as selecting some artists with the great experience and integrating them with the younger generation in order to exchange ideas and experiences.
For her part, the artist, Noura Al-Maadadi, Head of Art Programs Department at the Museum of Islamic Art, said that the Islamic Museum has always provided many initiatives that support art and artists in Qatar by giving new opportunities for education and providing workshops on Islamic art.
The trip aims to give Qatari artists a new experience in Islamic art, by participating in art workshops, visiting Istanbul’s landmarks, and exploring the wonders of the world of authentic Islamic art.