START Doha partners with the New York Times and W Doha Hotel & Residences for the exciting first edition of the art fair that is being held in collaboration with the third edition of The New York Times' Art for Tomorrow Conference. Spread over the hotel's 29th floor, this is a focused and intimate event, with a selection of specially invited galleries and participants.

Following an acclaimed curated program of Qatari artists as part of START London last year, artist and curator Mahmoud Obaidi presents 'Qatar for Tomorrow', an engaging showcase of nine artists, either from or living in Qatar for START Doha. The fair's intrepid debut in Doha allows START the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to emerging artists and new art scenes. Having provided Obaidi with the platform to highlight these artists at the Saatchi Gallery in London, START are delighted to offer him the chance to re-present the Qatari art scene in the context of its homeland as part of START Doha. The fair benefits from the successes of START London, now entering its fourth year, and from the expertise of Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst and Mahmoud Obaidi who will both be in attendance.


Saturday 11 March 2017 | 09:00 - 21:00

Sunday 12 March 2017 | 09:00 - 21:00

Monday 13 March 2017 | 09:00 - 21:00

Tuesday 14 March 2017 | 09:00 - 21:00


Project Coordinator
Antonia Hodges - a.hodges@startartfair.com

Clara De Lama Daageh - clara.delama@whotels.com
Georgia woolams - georgie@katchthis.com


ART FOR TOMORROW 2017 - Boundaries, Identity and the Public Realm

The third edition of Art for Tomorrow will take place from March 10-13, 2017 at the W Doha Hotel, Qatar. View the Art for Tomorrow 2016 highlights video for a brief overview of what to expect.

Join over 200 world-renowned art and cultural influencers from more than 20 countries, including museum directors, gallerists, curators, auction houses, collectors, entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions, lawyers, artists, architects, designers, urban planners, government officials and tourism organizations, as well as corporate and civic leaders at Art for Tomorrow.

With interviews and solution-oriented discussions led by award-winning New York Times journalists, the conference will investigate the issues that occupy the territory between art and public life. New boundaries, where and why art follows the rules or challenges them, and art's role in creating and influencing personal, corporate, urban and national identities will all be explored. The event will also examine the role of art as a catalyst for economic growth and development, as well as a mechanism for city or corporate branding.

Much more than a conference, Art for Tomorrow also offers an experiential dimension, including private tour of the Picasso-Giacometti exhibition, complimentary entry to START Doha Art Fair, as well as private museum tours. For all inquiries, please contact registration@artfortomorrow.com

Find out more here:

Art For Tomorrow

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