On International Art Day. Beautiful artists explore Qatar’s experience in creativity and identity consolidation

The creative experience in Qatar combines the goals of creativity and preserving the identity and culture of the community, and a number of artists and academics confirm that strengthening ties between artists and society is achieved through state-sponsored artists with their support and encouragement to maintain art exhibition.
They explained that the function of the arts lies in consolidating the identity and culture of society and preserving the values, customs, traditions and moral ideals of Culture and Culture (UNESCO), that art in Qatar has evolved to express new artistic methods that reflect a phase of advanced. in artistic trends that keep pace with global experiences in art.
Since the UNESCO General Conference in its fortieth session held in 2019, World Art Day, is celebrated with the aim of promoting, developing, disseminating, disseminating, enjoying and enjoying the artistic process, as well as awareness of diversity of arts. These forms, highlighting the contribution of artists to sustainable development.
International Art Day is an opportunity to learn about the issue of art education in schools, believing in the leading role of culture.
The artist, Huda Al-Yafei, director of the Ministry of Culture’s Visual Arts Center, said in a statement to the Qatar News Agency (QNA) that art is an educational tool that contributes to the inclusion and education of members of society, as it contributes to the emergence of the individual and the crystallization of his personality, as it reflects the cohesion between cultural values ​​and behaviors inherited from generations. She explained that artistic creativity is a source from which the artist expresses himself and his interaction with the environment and society, and for for this reason there was a close relationship between artistic creativity and society.
She explained that strengthening the relationship between artists and society is done through state-sponsored artists, supporting and encouraging them to hold art exhibitions by offering suitable exhibition halls to exhibit their works of art and making them appear in the light and supporting them financially. purchasing their own particular works of art to encourage them to be present and make more efforts to produce distinctive works of art.
She added: It is also necessary to support and publish art museums at the state level and to encourage them to play their desired role in reviving the creative processes and bringing society and art closer together through the provision of programs. of cultural exchange between different Arabs and foreigners. countries alike, which contributes immensely to the connection of cultures between the two countries and to the promotion of mutual understanding between them.
Al-Yafei called for the organization of exhibitions that shed light on Arab and international experiences and the distinctive experiences of fine arts pioneers locally and globally, the holding of festivals, performances, educational programs and cultural exchanges, as well as the support and education of talent and financial distribution. support for the preservation of the architectural and historical heritage and its rehabilitation in preparation for its investment and optimal use, to guarantee the sustainability of the heritage and the aesthetic value of this heritage.
Regarding the role of the Visual Arts Center in achieving the link between artistic creativity and society, Al-Yafei explained that the center, since its inception in 1999, has entered into many cultural agreements, partnerships and collaborations with international, regional and local artistic institutions. . which would spread artistic and cultural awareness in the community and activate the artistic movement and various artistic experiences among Qatari artists to participate, interact and discover more artistic experiences.
She added: Among them, there was a collaboration with the Institute of the Arab World in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, the Sartiran Italy Art Foundation, which deals with engraving arts, and the AB Foundation (Bridge of Arts) in California. in many exhibitions and art workshops, in addition to creating many international, Gulf and local exhibitions.
She noted that the Center for Visual Arts organized many specialized artistic seminars, which in turn discover and nurture artistic talent, as well as outdoor workshops hosting artists from abroad to benefit from their experiences, holding many artistic seminars and cultural, as was the center and still seeks to create a fertile ground for exchange.In the field of visual and cultural arts to recognize each other’s arts and transfer them within to reduce the cultural gap between society and the various arts and work to integrate society with the arts in all its forms.
For his part, artist Abdullah Dasmal Al-Kuwari explained that the Qatari artist expressed themes that described aspects of the life of the Qatari community, such as occasions, celebrations, professions, architecture and various life scenes between city, sea and land, since the beginning of the emergence of drawing and coloring, both in the hands of its founders and by the generations that followed them up to the present period.
He noted that art in Qatar has developed a lot to express new artistic methods that reflect an advanced stage in artistic trends that keep pace with global experiences in art. Help to attract interest from community members and interact with all colors of art.
He added that Qatari artists have contributed to the development of art, as in Qatar there is a generation of artists who have been pioneers in the field of teaching art, graphic design, artistic direction and decoration design, whether for drama, architecture, interior design , si. as well as architecture and sculpture, emphasizing that the interaction between society, artists and art when highly efficient groups were formed in all fields.
He said: “The relationship between art and society is interactive. Whenever there is care in all aspects of art, society will return in terms of advancement and progress and will contribute to establishing lines for art and artists in Qatar in the history of global art. emphasizing that art in Qatar, like the Gulf countries in all its forms, stems from a certain, is heritage, language and religion,
He added, “These arts have received support from various Qatari museums, in addition to the galleries of the Cultural Village Foundation (Qatar), as well as the return of the Department of Art Education to the University of Qatar.”
Al-Kuwari called for the establishment of an institution that documents the works of art, their artistic history and the history of art in the country, and said: We are looking for an institution similar to a Baniyali or a museum that displays the works of Qatar in a regularly and in which exhibitions are held from different parts of the world.
For her part, Dr. Latifa Al Mughaisib, Head of the Department of Artistic Education at the University of Qatar, said in her interview with Qena that art played an important role in documenting community events, including joys, disasters, achievements, victories and challenges, and is a universal language that everyone understands without the need for translation.
Al-Mughaisib showed that art has received a lot of attention in the state of Qatar, whether culturally or academically. On the cultural side, the state of Qatar has created many important and diverse museums, with the presence of many centers interested in art . , such as the Center for Visual Arts and the Center for Girls’ Creativity and others, in addition to organizing events Art exhibitions, lectures, seminars, workshops and courses.
She added: Attention was also included in the academic aspect, so that the visual arts are taught at all levels of education in schools, have curricula and books designed by curriculum and arts specialists, and provide opportunities for students to be creative and participate in exhibitions. and art competitions. Autumn 2022.
She explained that the Department of Artistic Education aims to prepare art teachers in a comprehensive way to keep pace with the demands of the time and give them competition in the job market by developing their intellectual and cognitive skills and developing their skills. them in all artistic things and. educational fields, as well as give them opportunities for field training in schools and give them the research, leadership and innovation skills needed to advance and advance artistic culture and keep pace with the development movement in the country.
She noted that art in Qatar is distinguished by continuous creativity and following the latest artistic developments while preserving the identity, which is evident in some exhibitions like the exhibition “My Identity”, which was held by the Ministry of Education on fire. the artist’s headquarters, which was attended by many students and teachers, in addition to the cultural seminars that accompany the exhibition, which always emphasize the need to preserve Muslim identity in general and Arab identity in particular, and this is what we clearly find in the artistic symbols of works of art.
Inspired by World Art Day and taking advantage of this opportunity to promote the spirit of learning about the arts, especially those that express our identity, artist Noura Al-Ma’adi, who is also a researcher of Islamic arts and head of the Department of Education at the Museum of Islamic Art, said in a similar statement to (QNA) that art in Qatar is receiving a great deal of attention from society, which is due to the interest and support of the state, through Qatar Vision 2030, where art and folklore are essential elements to achieve the realization of this vision.
She added that since the beginning of the spread of art in Qatar, the artist has undertaken to connect art with heritage and present it in its best form, and in light of the efforts made and the mechanisms in place, the focus on art and Qatar’s heritage has become a priority for artists and bodies responsible for supporting art, and we see this clearly in the forums and festivals held every year to celebrate Qatar’s culture and heritage.
And for the new mechanisms in the field of education to attract the largest segment of society in the arts, Al-Maadadi explained that the development of education, especially in the arts, contributes greatly to attracting many stakeholders in the field, explaining that education outside the walls of the hall or classroom is one of the most effective and influential methods for students, and that Through field visits, whether in museums or centers interested in the arts, or by participating in activities available in these places.
She stressed that one of the most important programs offered by the Museum of Islamic Art every year is the “Discover” program, which is an educational and artistic trip to one of the countries that contains antiquities, monuments and Islamic arts and is dedicated to Qatar. artists in order to teach them the basics of Islamic arts through field visits and art workshops, and upon completion of the program an exhibition and a public discussion panel are organized to convey the experience to the community.
She said that the correct planning and development of training programs contribute greatly to the discovery of creative artistic talents at a young age, their adoption, care and support, which results in the creation of a generation that is artistically created academically. to move towards a creative future with confidence. That is why Qatar Museums offer many educational programs and cultural experiences. Distinguished for all members of society through various educational and artistic events and workshops in order to promote creativity, innovation and discovery new talents.
On the occasion of International Art Day, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Ordray Azoulay, sent a message to the international community, emphasizing the importance of art to society and that art can unite human societies, and called for its message. support culture and art professionals and develop a cultural policy aimed at addressing the challenges facing the artist in particular.in the light of current crises.

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