An art teacher at East Norfolk Sixth Form College has been showcasing her work on the world stage at an exhibition in Qatar.

Androulla Michael's work 'My Diary #Selfie of a Nobody' was on display at ‘The Art Lab’ an exhibition which ran alongside 'Art for Tomorrow’ conference, organised by The New York Times at the W Doha Hotel.

The prestigious event, which gathered a selection of contemporary art installations, opened on the eve of the conference featuring luminaries from the art world. 

Androulla Michael said "I feel honoured to have been invited by The New York Times to represent East Norfolk Sixth Form College and exhibit my work. It truly was an inspirational experience and to be among the most influential figures of the art world was a once in a lifetime experience. I have to thank Sheikha Al Mayassa (Chairperson of Qatar Museums), Louise Hunter and her team at Summerhouse Media, The New York Times, W Doha Hotel and to my personal hero Marina Abramovich."

For over 10 years, Michael has kept an ongoing selfie diary of her life through the removal and recording of her daily cosmetics. This became a ritual, a physical and metaphorical cleansing that occurred as each day came to a close. Interestingly Michael’s works invert every element of the selfie – giving the viewer a glimpse of herself that is more than skin deep. Rather than putting on a mask for the camera she takes hers off. By removing her identity from the image she chooses to focus upon the humanity underneath.

Androulla added: “I'm proud to be carrying the flag for East Norfolk and I'm so grateful for the support. I was overwhelmed with the response my work gained and so pleased to discover how the young people of Doha were able to connect with it."

Dr Catherine Richards, Principal at East Norfolk Sixth Form College said: “I am immensely proud of Androulla and congratulate her on this fantastic achievement. Exhibiting her work at such a prestigious event, with other world renowned artists is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am delighted that she was happy to represent the College and allow us to share in her success. Our students will really benefit from Androulla’s experience and we are excited to see the positive benefits from this in our classroom.”

Louise Hunter Managing Director, Summerhouse Media, and Curator of the exhibition said: "The New York Times Art for Tomorrow conference aims to explore how urban environments can be powerful sources of creative energy that generate numerous social and economic benefits. To bring this mission to life we created The Art Lab at this year's event, which showcased the work of artists such as Androulla Michael."

The New York Times ‘Art for Tomorrow’ conference was officially opened by Michael Golden, Vice Chairman of The New York Times. The conference hosted a diverse range of speakers, including a number of internationally renowned figures and cultural pioneers.

  • Qatar Museums Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  • Marina Abramović
  • Jeff Koons
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of exhibitions and programs and director of international projects, Serpentine Galleries
  • Giorgia Abeltino, director for public policy for Italy, Greece and Malta, and director for public policy, Google Cultural Institute
  • Marc Spiegler, global director, Art Basel
  • Martin Roth, director, Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Wim Pijbes, director, Rijksmuseum
  • Jeffrey Deitch, curator and gallerist, former director, MOCA
  • David Goodman, executive vice president of digital development and marketing, Sotheby’s

The 'Art Lab' exhibition also featured works from: 

  • His Royal Highness Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark and his Soundwall Exhibition
  • Omar Khalifa, with his polychrome status
  • Pia MYrvoLD and her works ‘Wands’, first generation smart sculptures and ‘Stargate’, an immersive video sculpture
  • Google Art Institute and their 3D glasses that allow visitors to enter an art gallery and zoom into any piece to see its intricate details
  • Laurence Winram, Scottish photographer with his Saatchi award-winning ‘The Watchers’, and a selection from ‘The Conemen’ series
  • Ali Hossaini, with his Ouroboros: The History of the Universe

Further information about the exhibition and Androulla’s work is available at www.artfortomorrow.com and www.androullamichael.com.

Photos taken by Kevin J. Larkin

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