Qatar Museums uses Public Art to mark upcoming Blockade anniversary

Qatar Museums uses Public Art to mark upcoming Blockade anniversary

Doha: Qatar Museums (QM) has launched an open call for artists based in Qatar to propose a permanent public artwork to mark the third anniversary of the blockade of Qatar.

The air, land and sea blockade that was imposed on Qatar on the 5th of June 2017, marked a historic time of unprecedented national solidarity. Since then, it has become a catalyst for a new expression of public art across Qatar.

In a true showcase of the role of art in bringing communities together, the first anniversary of the blockade saw the unveiling of two key public art pieces: The first was Martin Creed’s “1361” (Everything is Going to be Alright) installation, which was created in the context of the anniversary of Qatar’s blockade and is still on display on the façade of Al Riwaq Gallery. The second piece, “A Blessing in Disguise”, was a creative commentary by political ARToonist Ghada Al Khater who generated praise for her take on the blockade. The second anniversary saw the unveiling of an original part of the Berlin Wall at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) through an ongoing cultural collaboration with Qatar Foundation (QF).

QM has now called on artists to submit design proposals that describe their interpretations and reflections on the Blockade, as the country heads towards the third anniversary. Participating artists could be at any stage of their careers, but must possess strong skills to execute the proposed project by the 5th of May 2020. For its part, QM would support the chosen artist by providing financial assistance to realise the project. Artists are encouraged to submit their application on http://www.qm.org.qa/en/56-open-call  by the 1st of December, 2019. For any inquires, artists can contact:  [email protected]

Commenting on the announcement, Abdulrahman Ahmad Al Ishaq Head of Public Art at Qatar Museums stated: “Throughout history, art has been used for commentary on social and political realities. The same has been true for Qatar, where artists have used their creativity and wit to rise above the injustice. At Qatar Museums, we are proud to provide platforms of self-expression that aim to break boundaries and shatter misconceptions. This is an incredible opportunity for artists in Qatar to be part of our country’s history and participate in engraving a moment that has marked a generation.”

Public Art is a key pillar in QM’s mission to inspire local talent and establish an organic connection between art and the local community. The winning piece will join a diverse collection of paintings and artworks by local and international artists – all hand-picked for their immersive and thought-provoking nature.

Source Credit: Qatar Museums

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Pharmacies in Qatar to remove products imported from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt

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The Pharmacy and Drug Control Department in the Ministry of Public Health issued a notice asking all pharmacies in Qatar to remove products imported from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt and to return them to the dealer. According to doctors, The Peninsula spoke to there will not be any problem of shortage in medicines as the supply chain is already in place with big medicine exporters like India, Turkey and countries in Europe. Distributors are already importing directly from Europe and other producing countries. Even the order from MEC was implemented very smoothly as the supermarket shelves were filled immediately with products from other countries that many consumers didn’t even notice the change. Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com.

The order comes in line with the notice issued by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) on May 26, which required all shops and commercial complexes operating in the country to remove all consumer goods imported from blockading countries.

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Remove all goods from shelves imported from blockading countries: Ministry

Remove all goods from shelves imported from blockading countries: Ministry

Ministry of Economy and Commerce has asked shops and commercial complexes operating in the country to remove all goods imported from blockading countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt) from the shelves with immediate effect.

The inspectors of the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry will visit shops and commercial complexes across the country to ensure the said goods were removed.

The instruction was made in a circular dated May 26, 2018, from Assistant Undersecretary for the Consumer Protection Affairs at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Sheikh Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani to all shops and commercial complexes.

Ministry of Economy and Commerce circular - QatarIndians.com

Ministry of Economy and Commerce circular – QatarIndians.com

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Bahrain to ease airspace curbs on Qatar from today

Bahrain is to ease airspace restrictions on Qatar from today following International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) directives to the effect, sources said.

“While the first ease of Bahrain FIR airspace to Qatar is effective tomorrow, more airspace is scheduled to open effective August 17,”  a tweet from noted aviation analyst  Alex Macheras said.

In aviation, a flight information region (FIR) is a specified region of airspace in which a flight information service and an alerting service (ALRS) are provided. Every portion of the atmosphere belongs to a specific FIR.

On July 31, ICAO asked all member states to abide by and comply with the Chicago Convention, and continue co-operation regarding aviation’s safety and security and international civil aviation’s efficiency and sustainability.

The directive was issued after the ICAO Council Extraordinary Session was held at the ministerial level in Montreal, Canada last Monday to examine Qatar’s requirement.

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