A group of visitors at the Al Riwaq's gallery space with works from Dia Al Azzawi's exhibition in the background
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Qatar Creates: The Art of Engagement

07 July 2019

To celebrate the inauguration of the National Museum of Qatar in 2019, Qatar Museums launched Qatar Creates, a weeklong series of community events and programmes celebrating art, fashion, design, culture and architecture.

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The series included fashion shows, exhibitions and panel talks, with leading cultural figures and artists from Qatar and around the world taking part. This session, titled The Art of Engagement, sought to examine how artists engage with the public, how best to define the relationship between artist and audience, and what role audience perception has in an artwork’s lifespan.

The panel was moderated by curator Tom Eccles, a public art advisor at Qatar Museums and the executive director for the center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Revered artists Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Koons, Doug Aitken, Philippe Parreno and our very own local ‘ARToonist’ Ghada Al Khater also took part, alongside renowned art collector and patron, Maja Hoffmann.