Artist Charlene Kasdorf demonstrating drawing and illustration techniques to participants in her workshop titled “Exploratory Illustration.”

Public Programmes

We encourage and support local artists through opportunities to teach art and design community workshops and organise other creative on-site activities. Our talks and panel discussions bring local and international multidisciplinary speakers, including our residents, to share and discuss art and culture topics.

About our Artist-led Art and Design Workshops and Activities

Fire Station offers creative programmes for everyone. We encourage and support local artists, including the Artists in Residence (AIR), by providing them with the space and opportunity to teach art and design community workshops and organise other creative on-site activities.

Our community workshops and activities depend on the instructor’s proposal, ranging from teaching different art and design techniques and subjects within the instructor’s creative interests.

Interested in organising a workshop at the Fire Station? Please contact us at fsprograms@qm.org.qa.

Exhibition-related Events

In conjunction with the exhibitions in our galleries, Fire Station also organises events by inviting local creative practitioners to offer workshops and participate in activities relating to the exhibition’s themes.

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Artist Charlene Kasdorf demonstrating drawing and illustration techniques to participants in her workshop titled “Exploratory Illustration.”

From the workshop “Exploratory Illustration,” led by artist Charlene Kasdorf, 2021.

Instructor presenting to seated participants in the workshop “3D Printed Interlocking Jewellery.”

From the workshop “3D Printed Interlocking Jewellery,” led by Luma Mansi and Ali Alseari, 2022.

Artist in Residence Amna Al-Muftah demonstrating techniques to participants in the “Screen-printing Tote bags” workshop at the Fire Station.

From the workshop “Screen-printing Tote bags,” led Amna Al-Muftah and Sarah Jayyousi, Artists in Residence 2021-22.

Participants in the workshop “Screen-printing Tote bags” at Fire Station working on their desks in the Education Studio.

From the workshop “Screen-printing Tote bags,” led Amna Al-Muftah and Sarah Jayyousi, Artist in Residence 2021-22.

Birds eye view of a workshop participant’s desk with art materials and artwork.

From the workshop “The Visual Problem,” led by artist Faraj Daham, 2021.

Youth Summer Programme

The Youth Summer Programme is the Fire Station’s initiative to invite four local artists to be instructors during the summer for one week each, to teach and explore different art forms with students and youth groups. The programme supports the participants in developing their artistic skills and creating conversations revolving around art. The programme is held between July and August.

Past instructors for the Youth Summer Programme include:

  • Rita Abu Eid (2018)
  • Hisham Al-Hajj (2018)
  • Hanan Al-Emadi (2018)
  • Paul Valentine (2018, 2019)
  • Khalifa Al-Obaidly (2019)
  • Noora Al-Saie (2019)
  • Nourbanu Hijazi (2019)
  • Amna Al-Baker (2021)
  • Maryam Faraj Al-Suwaidi (2021)
  • Fatma Al-Nuaimi (2021)
  • Maryam Al-Shaikh (2021)

Talks, Screenings, & Panel Discussions

Our talks and panel discussions at the Fire Station bring local and international multidisciplinary speakers, including our residents, to share and discuss art and culture topics. Some of these events occur in conjunction with the exhibitions presented in our galleries and the different residency programmes that take place throughout the year. We also collaborate with museums, creative hubs, and projects in Qatar Museums and local entities and galleries, such as VCUarts Qatar, and al markhiya gallery, in hosting their talks and events.

Fire Station hosts film screenings in collaboration with entities in Qatar, including Aljazeera Documentary, Doha Film Institute, and embassies in Qatar, among others.

These events take place mainly in Fire Station Cinema and other spaces at the Fire Station, including the galleries and the outdoor plaza.

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