Things to do in Doha: Visit an Arabian lanterns exhibition and auction

Admire the exquisite creations and buy some, too

Things to do in Doha: Visit an Arabian lanterns exhibition and auction

There’s a unique exhibition featuring re-examined traditional Arabic lanterns on display starting Thursday October 10.

Created by students and professors from MFA in Design at VCUarts Qatar, the exhibit and auction will have 18 one-of-a-kind digital glass lamps or fawanees at Building 5 in Katara Art Center until October 31.

For the exhibition opening, an auction will be launched along with a public presentation explaining the processes that went into making the lamps at 7pm.

The lamps will be auctioned online, with the winners being notified on October 29.

Auction proceeds will be reinvested by the university department to fund future field study project expenses.

The unique and beautiful lamps were designed and made by the graduate students and their professors during an annual field study trip to the United Kingdom. 

Each lamp contains a rechargeable battery, a programmable LED light source and a unique piece of mold-blown glass.

The inspirations for the lamp designs ranged from the capacity of a light source to draw people together to tell stories and share memories to inosculation – a natural phenomenon where two trees with separate roots meet and grow together in harmony.

A Meet the Artists event with one-on-one interactive programming sessions showing how the lamps were created and how they are operated will take place on Thursday October 24 from 6pm to 8pm at the exhibition space.

The online auction bidding deadline is Tuesday October 29 at 8pm and the highest bidders will be notified shortly afterwards.

The closing reception will take place on Thursday October 31 from 6pm to 8pm with awarding the lamps to the highest bidders.

Bidders can pay online, at VCUarts Qatar’s bookstore or at the closing. Lamps will be handed over at the closing reception or afterward by appointment.
Free entry. October 10-31. Building 5, Katara Art Centre, qatar.vcu.edu.

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