There’s no denying that Bahrain is a pretty arty place. It’s also no secret that there have been recent efforts made to establish the island as a regional arts hub, which was most recently seen when the Bahraini Artists Across Borders (BAAB) initiative was launched at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum this May. In an attempt to continue the momentum, Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBab) has now also been announced.
Art investment and consultancy firm Art Select (the team behind ArtBahrain 2015), on behalf of Tamkeen, is managing this brand-new art fair, which will be held from March 22 to 26 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.
“Bahrain’s art sector is slowly emerging into a viable industry with vast potential to become an engine of economic growth,” says Tamkeen’s chief operating officer, Amal Al Kooheji. “We want this exhibition to become a platform for nascent entrepreneurs, budding artists, as well as existing galleries... to showcase their talents to an international audience, learn from the experience of renowned names and equip them with the necessary resources to expand their skills.”
The five-day fair will include a BAAB Pavilion, featuring 30 Bahraini artists selected by a jury, alongside an International Artists’ Pavilion. There will also be the Gallery Arena, hosting 35 local and international galleries, an art book shop and a merchandising and design section. An art and education programme called Talks@ArtBAB will also feature.
It might sound like a long way off for art lovers and collectors, but if you’re an artist then the time to act is now. Submit your work before November 30 and get your chance to be part of the BAAB Pavilion.
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Four more New launches around town
Al Riwaq Art space
Bahraini artist Farah Monfaradi presents her first solo exhibition. Fragile explores how and where our society attributes value in the style of Arab pop art.
A café has opened in Saar, serving rustic meals with world flavours, from Greek burgers to Belgian fries and vegan Buddha bowls, plus raw coffee.
Hévéa Café has a new business lunch menu, with soup, appetisers, mains and pastries available from Sunday
to Thursday, noon to 3pm.
Khalifa Sports City
Brave, the huge combat sports event is back, on December 2, at Khalifa Sports City. For MMA fans it means bigger names and potentially the first title fight.