About us

Katara Art Center (KAC) is an independently run platform founded in 2012 by Tariq Al Jaidah,  dedicated to contemporary art and trans-disciplinary creative endeavors, projects, and practices

KAC acts as a hub for emerging cultural communities in response to the need for a critical grassroots and multidisciplinary framework in Doha that engages with socially relevant issues and events both contemporary and historical.

Artists, designers and the public of all ages are encouraged to expand and challenge their understanding of contemporary art and creative disciplines.

Through the facilitation of exhibitions and arts practice programs, KAC encourages and fosters the construction of productive and sustainable collaboration among individuals and institutions locally and internationally, beyond reactionary market trends.

Mandate / Mission and Vision

We are committed to supporting:

Emerging artists through in-house exhibitions in the gallery and as well as offering workshops, thus mapping and building a knowledge-base of artists working in the city and beyond.

A community oriented program that engages enthusiasts, students, institutions and professionals to foster the sharing of skills, knowledge, and experience.

Designers through workshops, exhibitions of work from the region and the world with a focus on experimentation with form and concept. Designers, students and enthusiasts are exposed to new and unconventional ways of looking at design while keeping close to its original intent.

A collaborative spirit of critical inquiry and a complex engagement with knowledge and the diverse range and potential of creative processes through personal interactions with exhibiting artists and designers, other community members and the KAC team.

Young and established collectors to develop a keen and genuine interest in arts of all disciplines and support for artists of all nationalities.

Ephemeral and performance based art production and research based projects while commissioning new context and time based projects.


The Space

Al Markhiya GalleryExhibition space for al markhiya gallery has temporarily relocated to Katara Art Center, building 5. Gallery hours are seven days a week 10 AM to 9 PM and by appointment. For further information please call +974 6-609-9687 or +974 6-600-8750.

Aquarium Gallery is a space for in-house curated exhibitions featuring the work of forward-thinking artists, with a focus on emerging, Doha-based talent.We call it Aquarium because of the large windows that flood the space with natural light. It also faces the sea.

Artist Studio is a space for art workshops by different instructors and also a place where members of the Open Studio program can share to work on their individual artistic practice

Creative Hub provides temporary desk space for independent creatives in an environment that fosters collaborative work and the sharing of resources. Tenants have access to A3 and A4 printers, a 3D printer, wifi, coffee/tea/water, desks and shelf space.

Atrium is a multi-purpose space for talks, screenings, exhibitions, performances, workshops, as well as casual seating and coffee for visitors to read, work, and meet. This space can also been used as a rental venue for a variety of private events.

Satellite Gallery is self contained multi-purpose area facing a courtyard, mostly used as an exhibition space for guest curators. Due to its excellent lighting system and continuous walls, it can also be temporarily rented as a photo studio, or a flexible space for community-based events.

Gift Shop Open daily from noon until 9 pm