Open call to public art students

Qatar Museums (QM) is giving students across the country the opportunity to submit a public work of art, which will be created from recycled materials, it has been announced.

In its Instagram post on Monday, QM said its “Open Appeal to Public Art Students” aimed “to further advocate its” no waste “policy for a temporary installation to be displayed in public spaces in Doha.” Students can apply until September 5.
QM noted that “Students must be enrolled or graduated within two years as a former student of any local school, university or college. Up to five winning proposals will be chosen, and selected students will receive up to QR 25,000 to complete their concept by December 2021. ”
Under the theme “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, this edition of QM’s open call invites students to consider the materials they will use for the artwork, in addition to its impact.
“While the type of material to be used must be found from everyday materials and objects to create the sculptures, the theme of the sculpture itself is open. Students should think about the message they want to convey through their work.
“Students should consider material selection, durability, foundation work, fabricators, and installation methods when finalizing a public art proposal. Students are also advised to view the nature of public works of art as works that are accessible and susceptible to being touched, ”QM said on its website.
Subodh Gupta, Guerra de la Paz, Yuken Teruya and Dotun Popoola are some of the artists who have recycled materials for their pieces, according to QM.
“Public Art Curatorial Planning offers to organize a series of workshops with established local artists who are known to work with recycled materials so that students can better understand how to reuse various materials and the versatility of recycled works of art. These workshops will be offered to selected students to further develop and improve their designs, ”said QM.
In April, QM, in partnership with Qatari Diar, also unveiled a series of public art installations at Crescent Park in Lusail City as part of its annual student public art competition.
Such an initiative has enabled students to improve and further develop their artistic skills and creativity. Participants “got to experience the making of a public artwork, from fine-tuning their concepts, working closely with local manufacturers through to installation.”

Kayleen C. Rice