Qatar Museums extends its gratitude to H.H. the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for his vision to place culture at the heart of Qatar’s social and economic fabric. The Fire Station project started under his leadership and continues to be supported by the Emir of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
The station was built in 1982 as a Civil Defence building. It was occupied by the fire brigade until late 2012 when it was handed over to Qatar Museums, to be recycled for contemporary use. Ibrahim Al Jeidah, the Qatari architect leading the project, has preserved the original details of the building and its tower.
We are a creative space that allows emerging talent from within Qatar to further their practice, research, and work as aspiring professional artists. The residency program begins mid-September for the duration of a nine month period where artists from all disciplines are invited to set up their respective studios and complete a specific project of their choice.
At the Fire Station, we provide facilities, production support, mentorships, and curatorial support. Residents are selected via application, after which an esteemed jury convenes to make a final selection of up to 20 artists. Upon completion of the residency, an annual Artists in Residence (AIR) Exhibition is curated and installed to share with the public what our artists have been working towards throughout the year.