FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT QATAR INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL 2023
About the Festival
Qatar International Art festival is the largest annual International Art Festival in Qatar by MAPS International WLL, a Qatari Company registered under the law of the State of Qatar.
QIAF is organized by a Team of experienced professionally qualified management people headed by Rashmi Agarwal, an internationally renowned artist, entrepreneur, and President of MAPS International WLL.
Yes, the festival was earlier organized in the years 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022. This year 2023 will be the 5th edition for the Qatar International Art festival.
The festival will be organized from 20 – 25 November 2023
Arrival of Outstation Participants – 19 November 2023
Departure of Outstation Participants – 26 November 2023
Hotel Night provided by the Organizers – 19,20,21,22,23,24,25 (7 nights)
Participants should plan to come early at their own cost for exhibit their artworks or send the art works early by courier.
QIAF 2023 will be organized at a prominent location in Doha, Qatar.
The Catalogue for the festival can be downloaded on the home screen of our website https://qiaf.net/catalogue/
Detail program will be published in the month of September 2023. However, the list of following activities is confirmed.
i. Painting and Sculptures Exhibition during the festival days
ii. Live painting Symposium during the festival days (New DIY themes & excitements)
iii. Red Carpet / special preview for opening ceremony.
iv. Qatar Cultural day tour
v. Artistic Fashion Show
vi. QIAF Ikon Awards 2023
vii. Master Classes on art and recent trends
viii. Art talk shows and Panel discussions
ix. Live interactive sessions
x. Award and appreciation night
APPLY AND REGISTER FOR THE FESTIVAL
To participate in the festival, you need to register using the link https://qiaf.net/apply
Yes, you can register as a group. However, each participant needs to fill in the registration form. If you are in a group of 10+ artists, please contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org for the additional privileges and support.
To participate as an Art Gallery, you need to register using the link www.qiaf.net/apply-gallery
Yes. We encourage you to travel with your family and enjoy the exotic tourist locations of Qatar. Let this trip be your fun filled family trip.
The Extra cost for Guest is detailed in the cost for participation question below. Children below the age of 6 years are free if they are using the same bed with their parents.
The family of the participants travelling together will be entitled to all services like the participants except for exhibition space and awards.
Each member of the family needs to fill in the separate QIAF Forms.
Yes. Please apply to participate using the link www.qiaf.net/apply and select this option “Participate in exhibition only – No personal Presence”.
The artwork can be
1. participation can be by Digital Medium
2. participation can be by sending painting via courier (The paintings must reach in Qatar latest by 31 st August 2023)
Your application will be screened, reviewed and you will be provided with the Qatar National Bank account details for payment of the participation fee along with the email of confirmation. After the payment of your participation fee your registration is confirmed.
The Last date for registration and payment is 15th SEPTEMEBER 2023.
Limited Entries and subject to first cum first serve basis.
We encourage the participants to make the payment at their earliest once their application has been approved via confirmation email. The last date for completion of payment is 15th SEPTEMBER 2023.
All participation fees need to be paid to our Qatar National bank account. The bank account details will be sent to everyone via email along with the email confirmation.
For any inconvenience regarding the transfer of money to the bank account, please write an email us for alternative mode of payment with reason.
We do not encourage instalment payment or on arrival payment. However we do not want to deprive the genuine or deserving participants from participating in the festival for financial constraints.
Hence if you think you deserve or really need to make the instalment payments, please send your request to the organizers at email@example.com . We will review the same. However the decision is solely at the discretion of the organizers and will be reviewed on merit by merit basis.
If the participant is not able to travel due to valid medical Covid-19 related reasons or due to any national Travel related restrictions for COVID-19, we have a 100% refund policy of the participation money received less bank charges.
The cancellation policy for the participation fee received is as follows. The fee will be refunded with 4 weeks of the cancellation.
Cancellations made before 31st July 2023 – 100% refund less bank charges.
Cancellations made before 31st August 2023 – 75% refund less bank charges.
Cancellations made before 30th September 2023 – 50% refund less bank charges.
Cancellations made after 1st October 2023 – No refunds.
Yes. Your participation is confirmed after payment of the registration fee.
AFTER PAYMENT OF REGISTRATION FEE
The Participation fees for QIAF 2023 are
1. For the Qatari Nationals, Qatar Resident Artist** – QAR 1000
2. For Out Station Artist without Hotel need – QAR 1500
3.a For the Outstation Artist with Hotel
Accommodation on double occupancy basis – USD 1200
3.b For the Outstation Artist with Hotel
Accommodation on Single occupancy basis – USD 1500
4. For Participation in the Exhibition only
– No personal Presence – USD 300
5. For the Guest of Outstation Artist with Hotel
Accommodation on double occupancy basis – USD 1100
6. For extra Linear Meter of exhibition Space – USD 250 per Meter
7. For Art Galleries – USD 350 per SQM
8. Hotel accommodation for Representatives from
Art Galleries double / Single occupancy – USD 1000 / 1300 PP
(** Qatar residence ID needed to avail this category of participation)
Participation cost for participant includes.
7 nights’ Hotel accommodation in Doha for eligible participants
Daily breakfast and Dinner for outstation participants staying at Hotel
Local transportation (Only for participants staying at the Hotel)
Qatar Cultural Tour (All participants)
Participation in the QIAF Exhibition with dedicated spaces of 1 M width and 2 M Height with an opportunity to private Sales – Maximum 2 Paintings
Participation in the Live Painting symposium
Canvas of the size 60cm x 80cm for live painting, Easels, chairs and extra side table for live painting.
Participation at the Artistic Fashion Show
Exclusive Entry to the Cultural Dinner Night
QIAF Awards and Participation Certificates
Master Classes by International Professional Artists
Local Media, Press, TV Channels, Radio, Digital Media
Participants profile on website, Social Media Platforms
Professional photography, Videography and documentary of the festival
E-Catalogue & Printed Magazine
Badges and ID Card for each participant
Participation cost for participant excludes.
Flight tickets to Qatar for outstation artist
Airport Transfers in Qatar from to the Hotel
Insurance, Visa or medical expense except medical emergency
All kinds of painting materials, brushes, or any other tools / equipment for live painting
Courier, Cargo, customs, or any postal charges
All the participants are required to submit their details using the form www.qiaf.net/apply
This information will be used for printing festival magazine printing and Social Media Advertisement.
The artwork to be displayed needs to be pre-approved by the organizers. It should not be inspired nor depict any political, religious, or obscene picture. It should in any way not hinder the cultural ethics of the Qatar and region.
Also, the use of FIFA world cup logo and / or any collaterals with 3rd party copy right will not be permitted to be exhibited.
The organizers reserve the right to remove and/or request the participant to replace any artwork not found suitable for the exhibition at any time before, during or after the exhibition.
Yes. Please email to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further instructions and the complete mailing address.
It is the responsibility of the artist to properly exhibit their artworks /paintings at the exhibition.
The organizers can recommend a list of framing shops in Doha for stretching and framing, but it is the responsibility of the artst to get paintings framed / stretched.
For artworks received in advance before 30th September, the organizers can arrange to get the same framed at cost chargeable to the participant.
8 Master classes for 25 minutes each will be organized during the festival days. The master artist will be from the participants only.
The decision to select the master class will be solely made by the QIAF Art Curators based on the Theme, uniqueness, Experience, Technical knowhow and Knowledge enhancement to the participants. The participants willing to give master classes are requested to apply using the link www.qiaf.net/master-class
The Participant giving the master classes will be honored during the award ceremony and be presented by an additional certificate. All registered participants are entitled to participate as an audience for the master classes.
The Last Date to apply for conducting master classes will be announced on the QIAF website.
Artistic Fashion Show is the fashion related event of the QIAF Festival. The participants registered for the QIAF Festival can only apply to participate in the Artistic Fashion Show.
The decision to accept this application will be made by the QIAF Art Curators based on the Theme, uniqueness, Experience, creativity, and appearance to the participants. Thank you for your understanding.
Yes you can be a fashion designer, a product designer, or any creative idea to showcase your talent in the Artistic fashion Show. Here the participants can showcase their creativity and artworks on various other products like Apparels, curtains, tables, or any other daily life products.
It is the responsibility of the participant to arrange the model for the fashion Show to showcase their product. However we highly encourage the participate to walk to ramp and show case their products. The participants can request the other fellow participants also to walk the ramp on their behalf.
The participants of QIAF 2023 can apply to participate in the Artistic fashion show using the link www.qiaf.net/fashion-show
The last date to apply for the participation in fashion show shall be announced on the QIAF website.
There is no additional cost for the QIAF 2023 registered participants to participate in the Artistic Fashion Show.
If the participants want to only participant in the Artistic fashion show, they need to register using the link www.qiaf.net/apply
The Last date to apply for the Artistic Fashion show will be announced on the QIAF website.
TRAVEL AND VISA INFORMATION
Qatar is the most visa friendly country in the Region. Presently the State of Qatar provided to Citizens of over 95 countries are eligible for Visa-free entry into the state of Qatar.
Please review the Qatar Travel guidelines. https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx
It is the responsibility of the participant to apply and receive the visit visa for travelling to Qatar. The organizers can provide for the Hotel confirmation vouchers only for the participants staying at the Hotel arranged by us.
Covid-19 pandemic is fast recovering all over the world. The Covid-19 situation is Qatar has recovered much better as compared to the world average.
The Travel restriction in Qatar is has eased to a great extent. Please review the latest Ministry of Public Health travel guidelines using the following link https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Pages/Qatar-Travel-Policyy.aspx
For the participants traveling to Qatar to participate in the QIAF 2023 festival and staying with us at the Hotel, can fill in the form using the following link www.qiaf.net/travel-info
Organizers will NOT be providing Airport pickups and Airport Drop. However other local transports from Hotel to Event Venue will be provided by the organizers.
We are in discussion with some regional and international airlines to provide us with discount code for the participants travelling for the festival. We will communicate the details once we have the confirmation from them.
DURING THE FESTIVAL DAYS IN QATAR
The maximum size of the space that will be provided per participants will be 1m width x 2 m height.
Additional space can be booked by the participants at an extra cost. Please email to the organizers at email@example.com for additional space requirements. You should plan to exhibit the painting so that not more than 60% of the above space in filled.
The participants may make a sale arrangement of their artwork with the prospective buyer. It will be a direct deal between the artist and the buyer. The sale proceeds need to be directly collected by the artist. Organisers may help you with their advice, if requested.
All art works created by the participants during live painting at the festival will be displayed for public viewing and then handed over to the organizers. The organizers will at their sole discretion decide the best use of the same. However, it is the intention of the organizers to use the art works for some social cause and give back to the society as a contribution for some Nobel cause.
The Hotel will be a star hotel in the center of the Doha City. We will arrange all the transportation from Hotel to the festival site and return.
The check in and check out time for the Hotel is 14:00pm and 12:00 noon respectively. However subject to availability and policy of the Hotel, they may consider any special request for early check in or late check out.
Please co-ordinate directly with the Hotel Representative if you need early check in or late check out and they will try our best to accommodate the same.
The Detailed Program with the daily time schedule will be emailed to all the participants 15 days before the festival dates.
The information will also be uploaded on the festival website.
Official Email :
Rashmi Agarwal, Head of Festival – QIAF
President – MAPS International WLL
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please save the above emails and links. We will not communicate from any other links than as mentioned above.