The Mathaf Student Art Competition and Exhibition is an annual program celebrates the creativity for budding artists from ages 4 – 18 years (Kindergarten to grade 12) in Qatar and encourages students, teachers and parents to explore modern and contemporary art. The program also teaches the process of exhibition making from conception, to production and education. Since the competition was first launched, students from 131 schools have submitted a total of 551 artworks.
355 students celebrated their creative win at ‘Looking In…’, the 3rd Mathaf Student Art Competition and Exhibition in 2015. The competition attracted a record number of over 400 student applications from 56 schools. The exhibition was organised in partnership with students from the Museum and Gallery Practice Master’s Program at UCL Qatar. Nearly 600 students and families attended the official opening. Guests enjoyed a number of musical acts including the Qatar Music Academy, Takht ensemble and Qatar Academy's own rock band, Door Handle.
Black and White
Our second exhibition themed 'black and white' was held in May 2014. On the opening day, we were joined by over 500 students, teachers, families and visitors joined us to celebrate the artistic expressions of young artists.
In December 2012, we hosted the first Student Art Exhibition themed 'transformation' featuring 221 artworks. Over 600 students, teachers, families and members of the community attended for the opening day.