Three artists to represent Oman at first edition of Art Bahrain
October 3, 2015 | 8:19 PM
by Times News Service
Mattar bin Lahej Photo-Supplied

Manama: Oman-based artists Anna Dudchenko, Alia Farsi, and Radhika Hamlai will participate in the first edition of Art Bahrain.

Held under the patronage of Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and President of the Supreme Council for Women, the first edition of Art Bahrain is preparing to host reputed Arab and international artists and their collections when it opens its doors in the Kingdom of Bahrain, from October 13 to 16.

Art Bahrain will act as a melting pot of artists, curators, cognoscenti and art lovers from Bahrain and around the world, who will share space, ideas and inspiration. This prominent art exhibition will provide an ideal platform for the local, regional and global art communities to engage, synergise and stimulate creativity; promoting Bahrain’s emerging talent and celebrating the region’s artistic vivacity as a whole.

Positive support

The inaugural art fair has received positive support from acclaimed figures and art galleries from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia, and will feature diverse art aptitudes ranging from classic acrylic to sculpture, and digital photography to new age installation.

Countries that will be represented include Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Tunisia, India, the United Kingdom (U.K.), France, Italy, Austria, Kenya and Thailand, with more participants being added to the list.

Participating artists from Oman include Anna Dudchenko and Alia Farsi, and Radhika Hamlai.

Other leading Arab artists, who will display their work independently, are Mattar bin Lahej (UAE) and Nasr Warour (Syria).

Global artists include Sacha Jafri (U.K.), Nespolo Ugo (Italy), Satish Gupta (India), Sujata Bajaj (France), Jaideep Mehrotra (India); the international art galleries taking part include Albermarle Gallery (U.K.), GPL Contemporary (Austria), Gallery Shchukina (U.K.) and Trade Art Gallery (Italy).

Bahraini participants

Bahraini participants include Jamal Abdul Rahim, Faika Al Hassan, Sheikha Marwa Bint Rashid Al Khalifa, Shaikha Lulwa Bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Uzma Dadabhai, Fuad Al Binfalah, Ali Mahmeed and Mariam Fakhro.

Co-Founder of Art Bahrain, Kaneka Subberwal, explained: “We are delighted with the tremendous enthusiasm and support we have received from renowned galleries and artists, and we are very confident that Art Bahrain will become a premiere event regionally and internationally. Events, such as Art Bahrain, can go a long way to encourage the next generation of artists in the region and projecting the vibrant Arabian art scene on a global level.”

“Bahrain has a refined level of appreciation and talent for art, which makes it a great location for an international art fair; and the Kingdom is fast emerging as a major player in the art world, so it is pertinent that we partner with these global institutions to allow the regional arts community to flourish, fuelling investment in the country as a result,” added Subberwal, who is also the founder and managing director of Art Select, an art advisory that has curated the fair.

Specially-designed marquee

A specially-designed marquee is currently being constructed in Bahrain’s capital Manama to accommodate the artist’s exhibits, the galleries and a dedicated Bahraini pavilion.

Also on the agenda at Art Bahrain will be a series of interactive workshops and forums conducted by experts to encourage new collectors and the next generation of artists.

Art investors from various backgrounds will share their first-hand experiences with visitors on collecting, with the goal of elevating awareness about the art world. Visitors to the fair will also be invited to enjoy the first ever Art Lounge at an art fair, which aims to be an interactive platform, both social and cultural, encompassing a bookshop, an art supplies store and an artists’ working arena.

As part of the Art Bahrain project, a book published by Miracle Publishing and authored by Renaud Siegmann, will be launched specially for the event. This fully illustrated book will serve as a portfolio for 33 of Bahrain’s most prominent artists, along with personal interviews with them.

The book also offers a unique insight into the Kingdom’s emerging art scene and gives an opportunity to discover the long time commitment made by modern and contemporary Bahraini artists, as well as the new generations of mid-career and emerging artists.

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