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Students with special needs showcase talent at art expo.

AILYN AGONIA

DOHA ALTOGETHER 60 students from the Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of People with Special Needs are showcasing their talent at a special art exhibition which opened at the Katara Building 13 on Monday.

The five-day expo was jointly inaugurated by prominent Qatari artist Hassan al Mulla, the Society's Vice- President Rabia al Kaabi and Executive Manager Ameer al Mulla.

The event is being organised to commemorate the World Autism Awareness Day which fell on April 2. The students, coming from different age groups, showcased their artistic flair through different themes presented in various art media.

Works on display include drawings of traditional buildings, collage of landscapes and mosques, and paintings of calligraphy.

The children used different materials, including wood blocks, stones, coloured sand, sequins and glass to show their creativity.

Talking to the media on the occasion, Mulla said the expo is a way to show the special abilities of the students to the residents of Qatar.

"It took our students three months to put this great show together.

These art works are not for sale but to show the residents how talented our students are.

The students come from different religions, nationalities and age groups," he said.

Al Mulla said that besides the five-day art expo, the society will hold art competition at the Katara on April 9. A noted Qatari artist expressed his happiness over the initiatives of the students of the society to explore their creative side.

"Their art works are really impressive.

They captured the harmony of their themes.

I hope they develop into fine artists of our country," he said.

One of the students Mussa Rostum said, "I am very happy to be part of this exhibition.

This is my first time to showcase my work and I hope to take part again next year." Sulta al Khatib of the Katara Project said the institution is giving its full support to the people with special needs in the country.

He said that they were planning to launch a special programme that would gather all societies for special needs and make them a part of the activities at Katara.

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