Paris, – Qatar Museums’ (QM) Fire Station has successfully completed its first residency programme in Paris.

Hosted at Qatar’s Studio at the renowned Cite internationale des Arts, Paris, France, the programme is a recurring three-month residency open to all Qatari artists, and provides one lucky artist at a time studio accommodation space and the chance to experience an art residency in Paris, visit museums, galleries and be immersed in the art scene in the city.

Qatari contemporary artist Ebtisam Al Saffar was the first artist to travel to Paris for this unique programme. As a Qatari artist in Paris, Ebtisam could use her location to make the most of being in the capital of arts and culture, by visiting museums and creating a great network with artists from all over the world.

As part of the programme, Ebtisam hosted an open studio, at the Cite internationale des Arts on the 3rd, 4th and 5th April. Members of the public were invited to meet her, exchange cultural and artistic views and learn about her experience and latest projects.

Khalifa Al Obaidli, Director of the Fire Station, said: “We are delighted at the success of our first residency programme in Paris. Paris is a unique experience for any artist, and the Cite internationale des Arts is one of the biggest and most important art residencies in the world, with 325 residency studios, and with artists in residence from over 55 countries. During her stay, Ebtisam would interact with this talented pool of creative individuals, share a cultural dialogue, build bridges and be inspired.” Following her residency at the at the Cite internationale des Arts, Paris, Ebtisam has returned to Doha. To celebrate the success of the first Paris residency, Ebtisam will host a public talk at the Fire Station cinema on 8th May, to share her journey and experience as a resident artist in Paris. Following her talk, an exhibition will showcase her artworks created during her time in Paris, and will be on show at the Fire Station until 22nd May.

The Paris residency programme has received many applications from Qatari artists for its upcoming residency. The name of the next artist that will take part will be announced soon. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency