ArtBahrain show planned in October

The second edition of ArtBahrain, an international art fair to promote Arab talent and boost the regional art industry, will be held in October this year.

Having witnessed remarkable success in its inaugural version last year, the art fair has already secured the support of regional and international artists and galleries as well as key sponsors and plans to showcase even more creative talent from across the Middle East and North Africa.

The 2015 edition of ArtBahrain hosted nearly 50 participants from 17 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Far East and Asia and witnessed a footfall of nearly 15,000 visitors over four days, with total sales topping BD170,000 ($447,958), said a statement.

The event featured the works of acclaimed Arab and international artists and galleries, and introduced diverse art aptitudes from classic acrylic to sculpture, digital photography and new age installation.

"Our aim is to increase participation by 10-15 per cent this year and reach out to even more artists and art institutions both regionally and across the globe," says ArtBahrain co-founder Kaneka Subberwal. "Based on the positive response we have received so far, we are confident we can achieve this target."

"The Mena region is fast emerging as a major player in arts and boasts tremendous creative talent; the flourishing arts scene in this part of the world holds great potential to drive investment and fuel industry growth, making it a viable economic contributor. Events such as ArtBahrain provide a vehicle to drive this development and encourage the next generation of Arab artists," Subberwal says.

This year’s ArtBahrain will form part of the calendar of events planned by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority to commemorate the country’s standing as Manama Gulf Capital of Tourism.