VCUarts Qatar is hosting a series of printmaking-themed events in Doha

Attend free workshops, panel discussions, art tours and much more

VCUarts Qatar is hosting a series of printmaking-themed events in Doha

Listen up, printmaking enthusiasts in Doha. Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar in Education City will be hosting a series of events from September 11 to October 26 on printmaking entitled Fanoon: Highlights 2012-2019.

To be held at the University’s Gallery, this exhibition will focus on the first seven years of the Fanoon Center for Printmedia Research.

Interestingly, this is the only print publishing programme in the entire Gulf region. The Fanoon Center, which is part of the Painting and Printmaking department at VCUarts Qatar, collaborates with local, regional, and international artists to explore the role of print in contemporary culture.

Curated by VCUarts Qatar professors Fleming Jeffries, Zachary Stensen and Rhys Himsworth, the exhibition will include selected works by several of the Fanoon Center’s renowned visiting artists who created original print works during their stays.

Fanoon: Highlights 2012-2019 will also include a series of workshops, panel discussions and tours, as well as a lecture and demonstration by master printmaker Koichi Yamamoto.

The workshops will take place every Tuesday from 12.30pm to 2pm at VCUarts Qatar until October 22.

The focus will be on different kinds of printmaking techniques, and will be conducted by faculty and students from the University.

The opening reception for Fanoon: Highlights 2012-2019 is on September 11 at 6pm at the University’s Gallery and it’s open to everyone.

It will include a panel discussion on the art of printmaking, artist career paths and the artists’ Fanoon experiences.

The event will feature 2014 Fanoon artist Diyan Achjadi and alumna and Fanoon artist Bouthayna Al-Muftah.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Fanoon co-founder Rhys Himsworth, who was the chair of the university’s Painting and Printmaking department from 2011 to 2018.

For those interested in some more cultural immersion, Qatar Foundation’s Art Trail tours will be visiting the exhibition on two occasions – Thursday September 12 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and Saturday October 5 at 10am.

The artists whose works are on display include sculptor Ranjani Shettar, Syrian graphic designer and artist Fares Cachoux, Pakistani-American visual artist Shahzia Sikander and African-American mixed-media artist Trenton Doyle Hancock.

So, if you’re even the least bit curious about printmaking and/or you love vibrant and colourful displays, this is the exhibition for you.
Free. Sat-Thu 9am-5pm. Gallery opening reception on Sept 11, 6pm. VCUarts Qatar, Education City, qatar.vcu.edu.

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