In its continued efforts to take art beyond museum walls and nurture Qatar’s public art landscape, Qatar Museums has announced the open call for the second edition of its 6/5 initiative.

This will see artists from across the country mark the blockade through a commissioned sculpture to be installed at a designated location in Doha.

The 6/5 open call invites artists to conceptualize and propose a permanent public artwork that explores the theme of “blockade” to commemorate June 5, 2017, when an air, land and sea blockade was imposed on Qatar.

“The 6/5 initiative not only marks an important date in Qatar’s recent history, but also provides a creative platform for young and talented artists in Qatar to contribute to the country’s thriving cultural landscape,” QM’s Public Art Department acting director Abdulrahman Al-Ishaq said in a statement.

“Public art is key in sparking dialogue, and we invite all aspiring and established artists to apply to be part of this unique opportunity to unleash their creativity and engage the community through sculptures that represent Qatar’s history, unity and resilience,” he added.

The QM 6/5 initiative is open to Qatari artists and artists of any nationality based in Qatar and hold a valid Qatar residency permit. Artists can be at any stage of their career but must possess strong skills to execute the proposed project by May 5, 2021.

Artists should consider the relevance of the piece to the community and the message they would like to convey through their artwork, and also take into consideration weight, dimensions, materials and budget. Successful applicants will receive a commission contract to execute their proposed public artwork.

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Source : Gulf Times

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