New conversations

Our conferences stimulate discussion between different sectors and other parts of the world. By hosting events and actively contributing to others, we spark discussion. We enter and drive global conversations around culture and creativity. We offer a fresh perspective on established thinking and introduce new ideas.

Art for Tomorrow 2015

Art for Tomorrow, an International New York Times Conference, is an examination and celebration of the role and impact of art and architecture in building communities, developing commerce and enriching lives.

The inaugral conference takes place in Doha in partnership with Qatar Museums and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, 14-16 March. Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa will open the conference and is one of a number of key speakers. 

CiMAM 2014

In November, Mathaf hosted the 3 days CiMAM 2014 Annual Conference that looked at museums in progress and the effect of technological, economic, social, and political transformations on the mission of contemporary and modern art museums today.


Words on CIMAM 2014 in Doha
"Conferences provide a forum for continued investigation"
Dr. Olga Nefedova, Orientalist Museum Director

Our best to date

UNESCO World Heritage 38th Meeting of the Committee
QM Chairperson, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, hosted the Committee meeting and Qatar Museums was a core partner. Delegates and representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the Convention discussed the challenges and solutions facing cultural heritage around the world today.

Global Art Forum
This partnership between Mathaf and Art Dubai is an annual regional platform for debate. Always rooted in the art world, it reinvents itself each time. In 2013, it investigated art world terminology and redefined clichéd phrases.

International Museum Day
The global arts community celebrates this event annually, each time focusing on a different theme. Last year’s conference, open to our staff and the general public, looked at social change. Speakers argued that today more than ever, museums are at the heart of cultural, social and economic issues. They explored the ways Qatar can use its museums to chart a course for the future.

The History of Doping and Anti-Doping
This event explored the history of doping in sport, the winning-at-all-costs mentality, and the development of anti-doping programmes. It was managed by the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.

Revival of the Old Palace
Our archaeology team told the story of the Old Palace’s restoration at this event. It sets a benchmark for future renovation, highlighting the newest conservation methods.

The History of Women and Sport
This event brought together international specialists to discuss Arab women’s contribution to sport and the challenges they face. It was organized by the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and linked to our Hey’Ya exhibition.

Orientality: Cultural Orientalism and Mentality
The Orientalist Museum and Cambridge University brought together scholars, art historians and museum professionals to explore the interrelations between East and West in visual art, literature, music and dance.

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