The British Council and Sasol’s Definitely Able conference and ILHAM art exhibition took place at the Museum of Islamic Art on March 17 2015 under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums.

The conference and exhibition brought talented professionals, ministers and policymakers, some disabled and some not, together from across the fields of accessible design, arts, education, media, technology and engineering to discuss future directions for accessibility and inclusion in Qatar and the world. 

The ILHAM art exhibition gave artists the platform to travel to and work in Qatar during a residency at the Museum of Islamic Art, where they drew inspiration from the objects in the collection and created high quality original artworks.

The conference addressed eight key areas:

  • Disability legislation 
  • Employability 
  • Building Accessible Digital Platforms in Qatar 
  • Attitudes and Disability terminology 
  • Education: ensuring access and engagement for all 
  • Art – a vehicle to change perceptions 
  • Accessible Museums and galleries 
  • Finding accessible Doha.

Our work in disability and inclusion will continue over the next few years in Qatar and the Gulf. If you would like to join the Definitely Able initiative please get in touch.

ILHAM Art Exhibition; a man in a Qatari dress
ILHAM Art Exhibition: drawing
ILHAM Art Exhibition: drawing
ILHAM Art Exhibition drawings

What our partners thought:

  • "A successful conference should be an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding, connect like-minded people together, to provide focus and goals to give impetus and momentum." Mark Dyer, ‎Accessibility and Inclusive Design Specialist and Programme Management Consultant for at CH2M HILL. 
  • "It was a privilege to work with the British Council team and we should all be proud of our combined effort. We hope that this conference and art exhibition have triggered a much needed conversation, the result of which should make a difference to ensure inclusion for all. Sasol's ambition with Definitely Able has been to highlight the talents of disabled people.Together we've taken another step towards achieving that objective - increasing awareness among the public and challenging perceptions. We look forward to future collaboration on the subject.” Marjo Louw – SASOL, Country President.

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