Solar Art Festival

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Fire Station Doha
14 November15 November16 November17 November
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18 November19 November20 November21 November
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22 November23 November24 November25 November
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About the event

Scheduled 14 – 25 November 2017, the Solar Art Festival offers guided tours every day at Fire Station - Artist in Residence, where organizers have brought together a collection of exceptional solar art commissions, created by globally renowned solar artists and Qatar-based students alike.

This year, the art exhibits in the public gallery include the 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.

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.

In an effort to promote a greater understanding of renewable energies amongst families, adults and children, entry to the gallery is offered free of charge. Furthermore, a Solar Art Forum is scheduled to be held at 7:00 PM on 14 November, where registered public participants may meet the artists during an interactive panel discussion on solar design and the prospects of this field in the future. A series of informative interactive workshops for children and adults – led by a team comprising visiting solar artists as well as QSTec’s Shams Generation initiative educators – are also scheduled throughout the fair’s duration. To participate, interested community members may register for free by logging on to