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Role of art in economic growth explored


The third edition of The New York Times Art for Tomorrow Conference, convened in association with Qatar Museums under the patronage of its chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, concluded yesterday.
This instalment also featured a contemporary art fair that focused on the overarching theme of the conference, "Boundaries, Identity, and the Public Realm", which was opened at the W Doha's 29th floor for participants and the public to partake in.
The event saw the attendance of more than 300 world-renowned art and cultural influencers who convened to explore the tangible contributions art and cultural development can make to economic growth and nation-building initiatives.
The conference supports Qatar Museums' position as the nation's focal point for connecting cultures, encouraging cultural exchange and nurturing creative talent.
Khalid Yousef al-Ibrahim, chief strategic planning officer at Qatar Museums, said the conference helped showcase Qatar Museums' commitment and vision of becoming a vibrant centre for arts, culture and education on a global scale.
Art for Tomorrow also offered an all-inclusive experiential dimension, including a rare opportunity for the public and guests to view six of the most important Islamic gold coins in the world, on show for the first time ever at the Museum of Islamic Art until April 3; private tours of local galleries, plus live auctions at AlBahie Auction House and a visit to the Richard Sierra East-west/West-east desert sculpture.
Artists representing leading international galleries showcased at the START Doha Art Fair.
Speaking as the host in its third consecutive year, Safak Guvenc, area manager for Qatar and Oman, Starwood Hotels and Resort and general manager of W Doha, said: "Being a host is something we consider not just an honour but also a responsibility in placing Qatar on the international art scene. We continue to pledge our support to welcoming and nurturing more Qatari artists and opportunities to add to this vibrant and increasingly growing industry."

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