To-do list: This month's top art events

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Poetry and storytelling
Sep 3
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
Share your writings with a group of other enthusiasts at this regular monthly meeting. It starts at 7pm.

Al markhiya trio of Arabian artists
Sep 3-28
Al Markhiya Gallery, behind Zaatar wa Zeit, Souq Waqif (4442 8007)
Three Middle Eastern artists will be presenting new works in a joint exhibition. Lebanese painter and graphic artist Rafik Majzoub, Iraqi painter and designer Saddam Aljuamily and Syrian graphic artist Yasser Safi are all involved.

My Rock Stars: Volume 1
Sep 4-Oct 24
The Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Education City (4402 0555)
Renowned Moroccan photographer and artist Hassan Hajjaj, who is based in London, presents for the first time in Doha this photographic portraiture series of personal muses and unsung heroes from musicians to fashion designers, from capoeira masters to buskers.

Sep 6
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
This month’s Mastaba meeting is for and by artists to discuss arts and culture in English and Arabic. It starts at 6pm.

Summer stories
Until Sep 7
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)
The team at Katara Art Centre are calling photographers to tell their summer stories through images with the chance to exhibit in an autumn exhibition.

Okwui Enwezor discussion
Sep 10
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (

Mathaf invites Okwui Enwezor, director of Haus de Kunst in Munich, to address the notion of “off center” models of partnerships and institutional development. The event runs from 6pm-8pm and is in English with Arabic translation also available.

Northern Legacy
Sep 12-Oct 19
Galleries, Katara Cultural Village (

This photographic exhibition will present a range of black and white works by the late and great Bolton (northern England) photographer Harold Crompton Robinson as part of the Qatar-UK 2013 celebrations.

Old Doha Prize
Until Sep 15
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If you want to get involved in a competition that will bring British and Qatari architects together for a one-week design residency in Doha then this is the prize for you. Apply online before September 15 ready for the residency from November 17-24.

‘Standalone Tools’
Sep 15
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

Rhys Himsworth’s solo exhibition at Katara Art Centre will open on this night at 7pm. The Doha-based artist has created a number of forward-thinking installations.

Once Upon a Butterfly
Sep 15-Nov 15
Anima Gallery, 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4495 3876)

This is a moving solo exhibition of paintings by Lebanese artist Said Baalbaki who migrated from Lebanon during the civil war and again left Berlin following the fall of the wall. The exhibition tells the story of the artist himself – the migrating butterfly.

Crossing boundaries
Sep 18
The Atrium, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Education City (4402 0555)

This lecture series is being presented by media artist Joachim Sauter from 6pm. Since the early 1980s, Joachim has been working as a media artist and designer focusing on digital technologies and how they can be used to express content, form and narration. It’s free and open to the public.

Kuwait City pop-up shop
Sep 19
Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

Following Beirut and Dubai, this latest regional design series introduces Doha to what’s happening next door. It opens at 7pm on this day.

Fantastic Landscapes
Sep 20
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (

From 3pm to 6pm children ages 3-12 and their families can explore art works by modern Arab artists, participate in storytelling and games and join in building activities to create a fantasy landscape inspired by Qatar.

BBC Symphony Orchestra Concert
Sep 30-Oct 1
Katara Opera House, building 16, Katara Cultural Village (

Works by three of England’s finest composers – Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar and Benjamin Britten – are being performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in their first Doha concert at the end of this month.

Until Dec 15
Various locations, Katara Cultural Village (

Doha-based documentary maker and artist Omar Khalifa has created outdoor photography installations around Katara Cultural Village as an attempt to examine ‘the nature of being’.

By Time Out Doha staff
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