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Over 3000 Qatari schoolchildren visit Damien Hirst exhibition

11 December 2013

Children from over 50 different schools have visited 'Relics' as part of QMA's programme to educate young Qataris about contemporary art.

Qatari schoolchildren in front of Hirst's ‘Leviathan’ (2006 - 2013) – a 6.8 metre long basking shark – on display at 'Relics', ALRIWAQ, Doha.

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd., All rights reserved, DACS 2013

Over 3000 schoolchildren, ranging from 3 to 18 years old, have attended guided tours of the exhibition to learn more about Damien Hirst and contemporary art. Art workshops and activites are provided, as the children gain access to iconic artworks such as the diamond skull 'For the Love of God' (2007), and Hirst's largest ever shark sculpture 'Leviathan' (2006 - 2013). Groups of students from 6 Qatari universities have also visited 'Relics' to see Hirst's first solo show in the Middle East, and the largest retrospective of his work ever to be staged.

Hirst has consistently explained that he feels art should be equally accessible for children and adults, and that he considers children to be 'our greatest critics'. The 'Relics' education programme forms part of a visionary series of cultural initiatives patronised by H. E. Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani which aims to redress the traditional boundaries between eastern and western art in the Middle East, and allow children the opportunity to access art from all over the world.