B+ by Zuhair Al Saeed Oct 6-24 Al Saeed’s first solo exhibition is inspired by the works of Syrian poet Adonis. ‘You say the world is dark. Don’t you see that wherever you go, this darkness is full of light? It’s not about seeing the darkness: it’s about discovering the light.’ B+ (Be Positive) brings together artworks at the intersection between installations and painting incorporating a physical sense of the material world that demands participation rather than contemplation. Albareh Gallery, Adliya (17 717 707).
Russian textile exhibition Oct 9-Dec 8 The full title is Russian Textile: Printed Cotton from Traditional Patterns to Soviet Propaganda Design and the expo is unique being the first of its kind to display Russian textiles from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries on such a large scale. It presents textile as a fully-fledged artistic material evolving in the context of the country’s historical development. Bahrain National Museum.
Adam Ball – Resolution Oct 24-Nov 30 Elle Decor said of Ball that he is a “bright light” on the British art scene who “lets his gorgeous paintings in all their impassioned and yet kitschy glory, do the talking”, so his coming expo at La Fontaine promises to be both interesting and fun. The show kicks off with a ticket-only jazz dinner on October 24 (details on the to do list) and is free to the public thereafter. La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Arts.
Hala Al Khalifa – Sea Oct 27-Nov 30 The centre opens the 2013/14 season with this showing of the artist’s latest works, consisting of installation and video, in which she explores the legacy of pearl dicing and the rich, yet dangerous, relationship that was the lifeline for many families living on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research, Muhharaq (17 322 549).