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QM invites artists to be part of Al Najadah community

Published: 09 Aug 2022 - 07:54 am | Last Updated: 09 Aug 2022 - 08:07 am

Joelyn Baluyut | The Peninsula

Qatar Museums (QM) is inviting artists who want to be part of Al Najadah — a new community of emerging and established creatives and enterprises.

“If you are a local creative, I encourage you to be a part of Al Najadah’s transformation and apply for the Open Call to join the growing community of creatives, partners and collaborators in this historic space, and visit the Open House Event on 10 August,” Qatar Museums Chairperson H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said in an Instagram post.

She said they are committed to reviving Qatar’s heritage sites, including Al Najadah which she described as “a cluster of beautiful, historic houses in the heart of Doha that date back to the 1930s.” “Cultural heritage shapes values, beliefs and aspirations, defining a nation’s identity and representing a record of its human achievement,” Sheikha Al Mayassa said.

She added: “Once a humble neighbourhood, Al Najadah is now seeing a new lease of life as we work to transform it into a space for a new multidisciplinary community of emerging and established creatives focused on Qatar’s burgeoning New Crafts: Contemporary Heritage, Culinary Arts and Digital Experiences.” 

The Al Najadah community will be comprised of entrepreneurs and creatives who strive to collaborate and learn from one another while exhibiting their work to the public. “We are ready to nurture a creative ecosystem via the right support structure to enable Al Najadah to become a beacon for artists, artisans, designers, makers and chefs.”

It said that they are looking for emerging or established individuals or enterprises that  aspire to belong to a community for learning and collaboration.

Interested individuals may send apply via Qatar Museums’ website, and register for Al Najadah Open House tomorrow, August 10, for a project review, question and answer session, and site visit.

The district of Al Najadah is located at a walking distance from Souq Waqif and Msheireb. 

Its urban fabric is made up of three key pedestrian streets, three significant public squares, and 17 buildings. After a thorough renovation process, using the same techniques of the past, the neighbourhood’s culture and heritage were carefully studied to develop an activation strategy. Suggested functions were assigned to buildings according to their location and infrastructure. 

It is one of the city’s few remaining neighbourhoods that still feature traditional architecture whilst retaining its original historical structure.