Katara Art Center's swan song event attracted a record number of supporters who turned up to reminiscence about their experiences at the KAC and share their hopes for its future.
It was a bittersweet ceremony, full of memories and hope, that brought the KAC chapter to a close. Attended by a supporters and the media, the evening featured short talks by some of the people behind the organisation, the artists, designers and partners it has collaborated with and a unique music performance at the end by Karim Sultan, who performed a piece produced using the sounds created in and around KAC. “The emails we received expressing sympathy and support after the announcement of closure leaves no question that we will be able to continue in another form. We will be setting up a new strategy and find a way to move forward,” said KAC founder Tariq Al Jaidah. Artistic Director Mayssa Fattouh said they were in the process of working on a new brand identity before the shock closing and she expressed hope that they will be able to reveal it soon. “One cannot underestimate the value of an organisation like KAC. Because we were small, we were able to interact directly with the community and because we were small we were vulnerable to a lot of external factors,” she said. Other speakers who took to the stage were political cartoonist Khalid Al Baih, VCUQ's Director of Painting and Printmaking Rhys Himsworth, Maktaba's Sarah Champa and UCL lecturer Dr Karen Excell and more.