“Drawings From Msheireb”

Twelve Artists On a Changing Neighbourhood

Published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing.

A unique construction project is under way in the western half of Doha’s old city centre, Msheireb, aimed at rebuilding the city centre and reshaping it for contemporary needs. In Drawings from Msheireb, a team of 12 artists from Qatar and the UK record the process of change and preserve a part of the old town in pencil, chalk and paint. The drawings and paintings go beyond observation, recording a sequence of encounters, frozen moments and fragments of experience, accompanied by the artists’ own words. This is a creative record of a fast-changing city and provides a unique historical archive of the transformation of Doha.