Four art students from the UK’s renowned Slade School of Fine Art teamed up with four Qatari artists as part of the Qatar UK Artist’s Exchange Residency programme. The programme was set up by the Doha-based Msheireb resident artist Ben Barbour, and developed and hosted at Katara Cultural Village.
Three Qatari artists, Shaymaa Alyafey, Ameera Al Aji and Ali Al Mullah took part in the residency and worked closely with the UK artists, Hannah Shin, Jennifer Martin, Robert Crosse and Zoe Schoenherr. They launched an exhibition called 'New Perspectives', followed by a panel discussion that focused on the challenges that faced the artists during the residency in Qatar, the benefits of the residencies, new learning, future plans, and cultural dialogue through arts.
The panel discussion was chaired by Caitlin Doherty, exhibitions and speaker curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and Andrew Stahl, Head of undergraduate painting at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London.