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ArtBAB 2018

This March sees ArtBAB return to Bahrain to host galleries and artists from around the world. Content supplied by Chloe Nelkin Consulting.

This March sees ArtBAB return to Bahrain to host galleries and artists from around the world embracing Bahrain’s cultural heritage as an intimate marketplace.

Now in its third year, ArtBAB reinforces Bahrain’s position in the Gulf as a regional arts hub, inspiring entrepreneurship, art education and local skills development. Led by Fair Director Kaneka Subberwal, this edition of ArtBAB promises to exhibit eclectic contemporary art, while a central pavilion will showcase the best work of Bahraini artists.

The fair is a dynamic space for the exchange and discussion of ideas, providing support for smaller art communities and the art market as a whole.  The programme of educational talks and panel discussions will run alongside a VIP programme, designed to introduce collectors to the art and culture of Bahrain alongside the opportunity to network and meet other like-minded collectors, museum directors, artists and curators.

ArtBAB 2018 will focus on Bahrain’s diverse multicultural history and the events and education programme will be framed by Bahrain’s connection to the sea and the collective sharing of knowledge. 

The fair will also collaborate with not-for-profit organisations and, for the first time, the kids@artbab workshop will focus on developing skills and creating a foundation for Bahraini artists in the future.

Alongside the fair, ArtBAB continues its highly successful international Artist Development Programme which focuses on connecting the art of Bahrain to the global art community and vice versa. Launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2016, ArtBAB’s programme has since been to India and will continue with an event in Russia in 2018/9.

Fair and Programme Director, Kaneka Subberwal, comments, ‘ArtBAB is unique in its approach. Our aim is to create a niche that connects the global art world to ours. Edition 3 will mark a new direction for the fair, encouraging and inviting all in Bahrain to be a part of the experience and learning.’

ArtBAB
Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain and President of the Supreme Council for Women. The ambitious project, now in its third edition, aims to solidify Bahrain’s position as a regional arts and education hub whilst stimulating investment and economic activity in the arts and cultural sector.

Kaneka Subberwal

Beginning in 2005 with shows in Dubai, London, Oman and Doha, Kaneka Subberwal has worked to make Bahrain a focal point for art in the West Asian region and establish a forward-thinking platform to promote the growth of art in the country. Through BAAB – Bahrain Art Across Borders – an initiative to take the art of the artists of Bahrain across borders globally and ArtBAB Kaneka has worked towards that aim. Alongside setting up Bahrain’s first art lounge in 2008 with her company Art Select she has organised a number of art shows across the country leading up to the launch of ArtBAB. 

Amal Khalaf Amal Khalaf is an artist, educator and curator. She is Projects Curator at the Serpentine

Galleries’ where she has been working on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. In addition to organising screenings, performances, discussions, and community-based collaborative programs and exhibitions both on and offsite, she developed a theatre and social justice program in collaboration with migrant rights organisations and ESOL teachers in London.  She is currently Commissioning Editor of Projects for Ibraaz, and a founding member of artist collective GCC as well as a trustee for the Crossway Foundation.

She co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai in 2016. Previously, she worked at Gasworks, London, the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo and Al Riwaq Gallery, Bahrain, as well as co-founding Hold and Freight, London, a project space based in an abandoned Victorian railway arch. Amal’s work has been presented at the University of Pennsylvania; Goldsmiths College, London; MoMA PS1, NY; New Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Musee D’Art Moderne, Paris; The Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Serralves, Porto; amongst others in the educational and cultural context.

ArtBAB 2018

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Center Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th March 2018

Now in its third year, ArtBAB reinforces Bahrain’s position in the Gulf as a regional arts hub, inspiring entrepreneurship, art education and local skills development. Led by Fair Director Kaneka Subberwal, this edition of ArtBAB promises to exhibit eclectic contemporary art, while a central pavilion will showcase the best work of Bahraini artists.

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