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Outside the Box – Public Art in Qatar

Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd February 2020

A forum initiating conversation about art in the public realm and its role in mediating dialogue and changing perceptions of place

Venue: National Museum of Qatar and Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar
Curated by: FutureEverything
Commissioned by: British Council
In Partnership with: Qatar Museums, Qatar Foundation

‘Outside the Box: Public Art in Qatar,’ is a public art forum to initiate conversation that explores the history and present state of public art in Qatar, while sharing common ground for future collaborations and interventions in the public realm.

As our cities and homes continue to expand and develop and ever increasing pace, we live, move, work, learn, and play in environments that are fast-paced, hyper-connected and technologically driven. In a digital age, despite being more connected than ever with unprecedented access to information, we are at the same time becoming more distant from our environments, society and fellow citizens. In an era of extreme globalisation, movement and technology, what is the meaning of community, cultural diversity, and place? Can art help us make sense of a changing world and challenging times?

Outside the Box – Public Art in Qatar invites participants to think about encounters with art beyond the institution. The two-day forum will include panel discussions, artists’ presentations, conversations, debates and participatory activities all exploring the meaning and role of art in ‘non-art’ domains, specifically in the context of Qatar and the Arab World. The aim of the forum is to help define and rethink art in the public realm, its audiences and role in mediating dialogue and changing perceptions of place. It will also share insights and best practice in inspiring future events and cross-sector collaboration.

The forum will bring together some of the most eminent thinkers and leading practitioners in the field to share ideas and practice, with a particular focus on case studies in Qatar and the UK. Invited speakers will present and share a wide range of practices, from socially engaged work and activism, public art in the digital realm to developing and commissioning art for the public realm and social responsibility.

In addition to the programme of talks, debates and presentations, the forum will include participatory sessions and workshops as well as opportunities for developing new networks and forging future collaborations.

The event is free to attend.

Participating speakers include: Abdulrahman Al Ishaq, Head of Public Art, Qatar Museums; Taghrid Choucair Vizoso, Producer, Shubbak Festival; Hiwa K, Artist; Aseel AlYaqoub, Artist; Charles Quick, University of Central Lancashire; Anita McKeown, SMARTlab Inclusive Design Research Centre, University College Dublin; Heinrich&Palmer, Artists; Layla Bacha, Qatar Foundation; Sarah Collicott, Artscape Management Ltd; Dr Fodil Fadli, Qatar University, and many more.

The full programme and speakers will be available in due course. To book tickets please scroll to the bottom of the page.


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