Visitors to today’s Wheels ‘n’ Heels community charity event at Aspire Zone will have the chance to witness a “work in progress” as a group of six young spray artists from the UK demonstrate their skills on an 80’ x 10’ wall. The artists are from London, Southampton and Bristol. Part of a collective of high profile artists known as de5ign4, the group specializes in photo-realistic art pieces, creating images which have a photographic quality by simply using spray can paint.
Team members have backgrounds in graphic design, 3D design, websites, graffiti, events, building and sign writing and, in recent years, have been taking on projects of varying scales in terms of size and complexity – producing large scale spray projects for brands, sponsors and festivals in the UK and abroad. Their first visit to Qatar as a team was in February 2006, when they were a huge success at the first Wheels ‘n’ Heels event.
When they are not working on commission pieces, the young men run regular workshops with young people, teaching them creative skills with paint. They will be encouraging young spectators at today’s event to step up and “have a go” on the large-scale work, under their supervision.
Sponsored for the event by Conoco-Phillips, de5ign4 will also put their skills to use on the exterior wall of Reach Out To Asia’s new office building on Al Luqta Street, opposite Qatar Foundation’s Education City – leaving a permanent reminder of their presence for the foreseeable future!
About Wheels ‘N’ Heels
In February 2006, the concept of an annual event named Wheels ‘n’ Heels was put into action with the help of dedicated volunteers with the aim of involving the community in a fun-filled day whilst raising awareness about the vision and mission of Reach Out To Asia. With around 10,000 people in attendance throughout the different aspects of the event, it was considered a success in many ways. The emphasis of the event was to target the youth of Qatar and provide the local community with the opportunity to be active in a safe controlled manner.
All this whilst raising funds to help provide education to underprivileged children throughout Asia. The involvement of the Royal Family plus several prominent celebrities and athletes added to the enjoyment as children had the opportunity to cycle alongside some of their favorite stars.
The concept of wheels and heels allows people of all ages and abilities the chance to participate including mothers with push-chairs and people in wheelchairs. Wheels ‘n’ Heels 2007 will actively promote the same values, and aims to be a quality, dynamic, fun community event. Qatar Cycling Federation will be an active organizer with ROTA and the event will be promoted in close cooperation with the Tour of Qatar.
About Reach Out To Asia (ROTA)
ROTA is a non-government organization (NGO) which operates under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, a private, chartered, non-profit organization founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar. Guided by the principle that a nation’s greatest resource is the potential of its people, the Foundation aims to develop international potential and synergies in these fields through a network of centers devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare.
ROTA has a strategic geographic location within Asia and the Middle East giving it a unique opportunity to support its neighboring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties. The diversity of Qatar’s own community – with more than 60% of the expatriate population of Asian origin – gives ROTA added insight and understanding of the various needs and cultural norms of the Asian continent on which it focuses.
ROTA’s ultimate goal is to extend Qatar Foundation’s mission to Asia; both within Qatar’s expatriate community and across the Asian continent. The ROTA program will employ a variety of strategies to support achieving the goals of the UNESCO Education for All movement by the year 2015.