The Al Riwaq Art Space has long been a Time Out Bahrain favourite. How could anybody not just fall in love with such a grassroots art space and soak up the creativity and bohemian atmosphere of the ever-changing arts scene in Bahrain?
The gallery is never far from the cutting edge of the island’s artistic community and hosts many events that help make Adliya the bustling island hub of cuisine, culture and creativity it is. And, from December 10 until January 9, the area will yet again be taken over by Al Riwaq’s famous outdoor street market.
This year, The Nest will be a thorough celebration of the Bahrain art scene and is set to be a multi-purpose event including workshops, live music, film screenings, kids’ activities, artistic discussion and much more. If you’ve ever had a creative itch – personally or professionally – this is the place to start scratching it.
Curated as a call to arts for the region’s designers, artists and creatives, The Nest looks to promote the local design identity in a variety of fields. This will include disciplines such as fashion, jewellery, glassware, ceramics, furniture and even plants.
What, you may well ask, does it all mean? To the casually-interested, The Nest’s art market will be the number one place to pick up unique artworks, handmade crafts and collectable trinkets and mark a distinct alternative to high street styling. Beyond the market, the cultural catalogue of creative events will include the chance to work with artists both professional and keen amateur to understand art and culture in the country that bit more.
The pinnacle of The Nest, for the first ever year, is to be the unveiling of an Art Bahrain prize aiming to nurture local talent and introduce more public art to spaces in Bahrain. Get a look at the award-winning works while keeping your art batteries charged at any time during the four-week exhibition. In fact, considering the theme of the show is ‘repetition’, make sure you go more than once – you never know, you could end up falling in love with a new piece. And did we mention they’re all set to be well within budget?
Free. Thursday December 10-January 9, 2016. Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, www.alriwaqartspace.com, (17 717 441).
Don't miss The Nest highlights
Furniture designer Khadija Alaali is hosting a series of interior design workshops aiming to encourage children to design dream products or reimagine everyday items such as flowerpots, spoons and tables.
Among the 21 vendors attending, there will be at least ten food stores representing the best of the island’s emerging culinary scene, as well as a workshop based around food art. Could you be the next Van Gogh of Vegetables?
For film geeks
The Sharjah Art Foundation has curated a film schedule. The centrepiece includes thought-provoking short films such as Where are the Arabs? and work by Rania Stephan, Samah Hijawi, Basma Al Sharif and Bader Al Homoud.
For music lovers
Local events company Boho Baha has rounded up some great Bahrain-based talent to perform on stage. Among the folks lined up for performances are Flatino Band, Majaz, Swing Revue, BG Harmony and the Basaata Band.