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Qatar Mu­se­ums wel­comes the next in­take of artists at its 'Artist in Res­i­dence' pro­gramme at the old Doha Fire Sta­tion.

This pro­gramme aims at cre­at­ing a space that of­fers an in­dige­nous, lo­cal ap­proach to cre­ativ­ity and artis­tic pro­duc­tion. The res­i­dency pro­gramme, which is open to lo­cal Qatari artists and res­i­dents of Qatar, runs in nine-month cy­cles. The group, which in­cludes 10 Qataris, con­sists of artists from a range of dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing art, pho­tog­ra­phy, video, de­sign, paint­ing, po­etry and draw­ing. Com­ment­ing on this oc­ca­sion, Khal­ifa Al Obaidli, Di­rec­tor of the Fire Sta­tion, said: "This ini­tia­tive is some­thing that I am hugely pas­sion­ate about and one that is so im­por­tant for the de­vel­op­ment of artists in Qatar as it cel­e­brates lo­cal tal­ent and gives young artists a plat­form to grow, ex­hibit and col­lab­o­rate. The ini­tia­tive per­fectly re­flects Qatar Mu­se­ums' vi­sion of in­spir­ing an in­dige­nous cul­ture of cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion and we hope that the next chap­ter of the pro­gramme helps these tal­ented artists be­come recog­nised on an in­ter­na­tional scale in the fu­ture."

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