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Qatari art student visits Damien Hirst's studio

28 January 2014

Hana Al-Saadi made spin paintings with the artist after winning Qatar Museum Authority's competition to create an artwork inspired by Hirst.

Hana Al-Saadi making spin paintings with Damien Hirst.

Photograph © Damien Hirst/Science Ltd., All Rights Reserved, DACS 2014

This week, Hana Al-Saadi – a Painting and Printmaking student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar – became the recipient of QMA's prize to meet Hirst at his Gloucestershire studio.

The competition, which accompanied Hirst's first solo exhibition in the Middle East, required entrants to make an artwork in response to the artist's exploration of life and death. Hana described her winning artwork, 'Snail Print Factory', as a representation of the three most important stages in the natural lifecycle: "eating, mating and reproduction." She noted that winning the trip to the UK to meet Hirst would "encourage her to make more art". Hirst accompanied Hana on a tour of the studio before giving her the opportunity to make a number of spin paintings.

The competition formed part of a series of programmes and events organised by QMA in conjunction with 'Relics'. QMA's intention being to redress the traditional boundaries between eastern and western art and education in the Middle East. See more about QMA's education programme here.