Doha –Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec), in collaboration with Qatar Museums, inaugurated MENA’s first Solar Art Festival – a two-week fair that celebrates and promotes sustainability, multiple uses of solar energy and awareness about increasingly central role that renewable energy will occupy in future across the globe. The maiden edition of the festival is held under the patronage of H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums.
Scheduled from November 14 – 25 2017, the Solar Art Festival offers guided tours every day at Fire Station – Artist in Residence, where organisers have brought together a collection of exceptional solar art commissions, created by globally renowned solar artists and Qatar-based students alike.
Art exhibits in the public gallery include works of a wide range of international artisans who have dedicated themselves to recreational uses of solar energy. On display are articles from Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun, a global project that produces and distributes solar lamps for use in off-grid communities; Craig Colorusso’s Sun Boxes, a composite of audio speakers and solar panels that come together to create an energizing environment; Anthony Castronovo and Eleonora Nicoletti’s Solar Shimmer, a kinetic screen that displays vibrant, geometric patterns using discarded plastics and solar energy; and the student-made Shams Mashrabiya, a living installation composed of artworks created by children in workshops preceding the festival.
Solar Art Festival also separately exhibits artworks that were developed by school and university-level students around Qatar, as part of QSTec’s award-winning Shams Generation initiative, an interdisciplinary approach to education combining science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. That annual nationwide program educates youth about the importance of environmental sustainability through hands-on interactive solar learning activities held across school campuses and universities in Qatar.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Festival, Chairman and CEO, Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec), Dr Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri said, “At Qatar Solar Technologies, we are wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting Qatar as it builds a modern, efficient and diversified energy sector to complement its national development objectives. And to achieve our transformative goals, we must all play a proactive role in turning the exciting potential of a renewable-energy driven future into a reality. One way to do this is to broaden our collective understanding of solar energy and inspirit ourselves through art and education.”
Solar Art Festival is the joint initiative of QSTec and Qatar Museums. The festival is also the collaborative result of QSTec’s organizing partnership with Qatar Foundation, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, WISE Initiative, Qatar Green Building Council and Fire Station – Artist in Residence.