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‘Be Bahrain’ Art Week held in London

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(London) – Eighteen Bahraini artistsare proudly representing the Kingdom of Bahrain during the ‘Be Bahrain’ Art Week, an exclusive event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British-Bahraini relations and concurrently celebrate Bahrain’s National Day. The Bahraini Art Week is being empowered by Tamkeen and conceived and executed by art investment consultancy Art Select as part of a joint effort to promote Bahraini art and artists across borders and further develop the local arts sector.

Held under the patronage of HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Ambassador to UK, the ‘Be Bahrain’ Art Week will beheld in London from the 16th to the 21st of December, and will comprise a schedule of events aimed at showcasing the artistic pulse of Bahrain, throwing light on some of the Kingdom’s most impressive established and emerging talent, providing them with a platform to share their work with a wider international audience.

The participating artists include SomayaAbdulghani, Jamal Abdulrahim, Ahmed Anan, Balqees Fakhro, Mariam Fakhro, Faika Al Hassan, Lulwa Al-Khalifa, Marwa Al-Khalifa, Nabeela Al Khayer, GhadaKhunji, Aysha Al Moayyed, Abbas Al Mosawi, Maryam Nass, Areej Rajab, Omar Al Rashid, Latifa Al Shakar, Mayasa Al Sowaidiand ZakeyaZada. These artists were selected by members of the International jury committee of ArtBAB 2017 – Bahrain’s second international Art Fair that will be hosted in March next year – based on their submissions and best representation of Bahrain’s culture, heritage, people and topography, under the central theme of ‘Be Bahrain’.

‘Be Bahrain’will debut at the Bahraini Embassy’s National Day reception and 200thanniversary celebration, and will then be open to the public at Asia House from16-21 December. The exhibition of paintings and sculpture will represent the diversity and vibrancy of the Bahraini art scene. Produced using a variety of mediums, from sculpture and collage, to abstract and conceptual art; the selected artworks narrate the journey that hashelped to shape their cultural history. Each art work contains a deep sense of place, and takes usone step closer to a fuller understanding of Bahraini identity.

A week-long agenda has been tailored for the ‘Be Bahrain’ Art Week andwill commence with a private evening reception at the Lancaster House where select art pieces by the participating Bahraini artists will be presented for viewing. The agenda also includes a panel discussion on Bahrain’s deep-rooted artistic heritage and the creative spirit of the Middle East region; a public exhibition at the Asia House of over 35 unique pieces representing the Kingdom; and a pop-up display and installation of the Annada brand by leading Bahraini designers who have collaborated with over twenty artists from Bahrain and across the region.

Ms. Kaneka Subberwal, Founder of Art Select and the managing body of ArtBAB 2017 stated,”While assessing over the years the tremendous potential of our Bahraini artists, conceiving Bahrain’s first international art fair in 2015 was a significant step in creating a platform to showcase the Kingdom’s artistic base. Since then our efforts and success stories have grown through our alignment to Tamkeen’s vision and focus in strengthening the local art sector and boosting Bahraini artist recognition across borders. Our synergy with Tamkeen was pivotal in establishing the Bahrain Art Across Borders (BAAB) initiative which was launched in London earlier this year. The success of BAAB reaffirmed it as an ideal umbrella to unite local art initiatives empowered by Tamkeen, a prime example being the second edition of Bahrain’s international art fair ArtBAB 2017 which aims to showcase our artists to the world and also bring the global art community to Bahrain. Be Bahrain is yet another vertical of BAAB which aims to promote Bahrain’s artistic expression on an international front. On behalf of our entire team at ArtSelectbh we are proud to have conceived and scripted BAAB and look forward to many more milestones in the coming year for the artists of Bahrain.”

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