Souq Waqif Art Centre in Qatar – a platform for Qatari artists but with a global ambition.

The recently opened Souq Waqif Art Center in Doha, the capital of the Gulf State of Qatar, aims to preserve and enhance both Qatari and Middle Eastern artistic traditions, bringing together those who love art and culture to share knowledge and ideas, talent and inspiration. But the centre also has global ambitions. It wants to become a world-class art institution.

“I hope that Waqif Art Centre will be a centre for the whole world, not just for Qatar”, Nadia Abdulrahman al Mudahka, General Manager of the Centre told the Qatari Newspaper, The Peninsula last week at the launch of the Centre’s second exhibition after it officially re-opened in August.

The current exhibition features 18 works by the emerging Qatari Artist Maryam Ghanem al Attiyah. It was officially opened by Qatar Olympian Nasser al Attiyah on Wednesday.

Apart from galleries for exhibitions the Centre also houses halls for education, which is a priority for the centre. Ceramics, photography and graphics are among the short courses offered at the centre. According to Al Mudahka the course are available free to everyone.

The splendid design of the centre reflects a typical old Qatari house. Hues of turquoise and brown dominate the interiors of the carefully tiled walls of the centre which are also reflected in the custom-made furnishings. The head of the centre said “with the lights and colours used we want to create an impression to everyone that comes that this is truly a centre for art.”

report by links-dar.org with The Peninsula, Qatar

Photo: The Souq al Waqif Centre in Doha