Art events in Doha this month

Our guide to art, music and cultural happenings in June

Art events in Doha this month

BFA and MFA Exhibition
Until June 4
The VCUQatar bachelor of fine arts (BFA) and master of fine arts (MFA) showcase is the annual exhibition of Qatar’s graduating artists and designers that’s worth a look. The exhibition features a wide range of work that represents the culmination of the techniques and concepts developed throughout their experience at VCUQatar. It’s free to all and open to the public.
Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Education City (4402 0555).

Schubert Octet
June 5
The last event in the series of chamber music events by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Museum of Islamic Art for this season will see a performance by an octet playing Franz Schubert: Octet in F Major, D. 803. The performance is free of charge and starts at 6pm in the Museum of Islamic Art atrium.

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony
June 7
Han-Na Chang, music director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead this rendition of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony with Benjamin Schmid on violin. It takes place at the Katara Opera House from 7.30pm. Tickets cost between QR75 and QR200.

Create & Inspire
Until June 12
This popular regional art competition by Crossway Foundation, in partnership with Art Jameel and Qatar Museums Authority, launched in March and will stretch until June 12. The theme this year is ‘The world is not black and white’ and has been inspired by the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture. The 12 winners, who will be announced in August, have the opportunity to travel to Brazil and go on the creative adventure of a lifetime. To enter, just visit
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Foreseeing Territories: Architecture exhibition
Until June 15
This exhibition by Albaker Architects is the second chapter of ongoing research on public spaces in Doha. The first chapter explored how public spaces can be integrated to inspire new architecture possibilities. In this exhibition, the architects’ aim is to expand the possibilities of foreseeing how public spaces can be specifically designed to create a new cultural identity.
Katara Art Centre, Building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Kings and Pawns
Until June 21
This free-of-charge exhibition explores the history of board games in the Islamic world from India to Spain between the 7th and 20th century. As board games play a part in everyday culture in this part of the world the exhibition focuses on chess, from its origins in India, and other board games with Indian and Islamic ties such as ludo, and snakes and ladders. It features the boards, pieces, manuals, paintings and illustrated manuscripts.
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha port (

Design intensive course
June 29-July 17
This is a three-week art summer programme for high school students aged 16 and above that runs from Sunday to Thursday, 8.45am to 1pm, for the price of QR3,250. Contact and visit to find out more.
Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Education City (4402 0555).

Art is one of the roads to Paradise
Until July 6
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is presenting its second spring show called ‘Art is one of the roads to Paradise’ by Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. The exhibit aims to highlight the diversity of her work through paintings, drawings, leporellos (folded printed materials), tapestries, writings and films from the 1960s onwards. This exhibition is free to enter.
Education City, off Al Luqta Street (4402 8855).

Richard Serra exhibits
Until July 6
American sculptor Richard Serra, who is known in Qatar for his vertical steel sculpture ‘7’ that is permanently exhibited in MIA Park, has been invited to exhibit in two Doha-based cultural spaces in the coming months. Both exhibitions, entitled ‘Richard Serra’, are curated by Alfred Pacquement of the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou Paris. At Al Riwaq, ‘Passage of Time’ consists of two 70-metre steel curves that need to be seen from multiple angles. Meanwhile, at the QMA Gallery in Katara Cultural Village, a selection of seven sculptures and four large drawings present the main stages in the development of Serra’s work, providing historical context for the exhibit at Al Riwaq.
Al Riwaq, next to the Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4452 5555). QMA Gallery, building 10, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (4408 1255).

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