Art PR | ArtBahrain Announces International Art Fair Dates


The much awaited international art fair in the Kingdom of Bahrain, ArtBahrain, has been announced to commence from 13 – 16 October 2015. Held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of the King of Bahrain and President of the Supreme Council for Women, the event is committed to create, connect and inspire. ArtBahrain detailed the participating galleries and artists during the press conference on 19 May 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Manama. Galleries and artists from around the world were encouraged to join these leading names to participate in the art fair.

The very first ArtBahrain will exhibit the opening of Sacha Jafri’s Eighteen Year Retrospective World Tour. The full Retrospective Collection comprises of forty eight works, including four highly-coveted paintings from each of Jafri’s
twelve Collections from 1996-2014. A selection of these pieces have been handpicked and carefully curated by the artist for display at ArtBahrain. This will represent the first time that these works will be seen together.

Kaneka Subberwal, Co-founder of ArtBahrain, said: ‘Bahrain has a refined level of appreciation and talent for art, which makes it a great location for an international art fair. We are delighted to announce the dates as well as the participation of renowned galleries and artists for the first event, and are confident about establishing ArtBahrain as a premier art event regionally and internationally.’

ArtBahrain expects to host up to 200 international art collectors, close to 2,000 VIP clients and approximately 10,000 visitors, the majority of whom will be looking to buy. The event is set to be a culminating point for artists, art collectors and art lovers.

Housed in a grand marquee, fifty meters in diameter, ArtBahrain will be an internationally minded art fair that will serve as a platform where artists and galleries from around the world will share space, ideas and inspiration with local artists.


Albemarle Gallery | United Kingdom

Al Riwaq | Bahrain

Arabian Collections Gallery | Saudi Arabia

Marsam Mattar | UAE

Samer Kozah Gallery | Syria, Lebanon

Elmarsa Gallery | Tunis, UAE


Binoy Varghese

Jaideep Mehrotra

Sheikha Lulwa Bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa

Shaikha Marwa Bint Rashid Al Khalifa

Jamal Abdul Rahim

Sujata Bajaj

Sacha Jafri

Notes to Editors:


ArtBahrain held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women is an internationally minded art fair that will act as a platform to bring the world to Bahrain and to share the Bahraini artistic perspective with the rest of the world. It is organised by Pico International Bahrain and curated by Art Select.

The first edition of ArtBahrain will take place from 13th to 16th October 2015.
The art market in Bahrain has been growing consistently in recent years and ArtBahrain will establish a forward thinking platform to further promote the growth of art in the country. ArtBahrain provides an unprecedented opportunity for international artists, galleries and collectors to access this dynamic market. | Twitter art.bahrain | Facebook ArtBahrain

Art Select

An initiative designed to encourage and advise individuals and companies on art as an investment, Art Select showcases the work of many of the most exciting and talented artists from South Asia and the Middle East through the hosting of regular exhibitions. Founded in Bahrain in 2008, Art Select has thrived on the strength, commitment and passion of Kanika Subberwal, an art collector and consultant.

Pico International

Pico is a long established global company that focuses on bringing traditional and contemporary elements to produce innovative, insightful and inspired experiences to the public. The essence of Pico lies in Total Brand Activation, which aims at delivering stimulating and emotive public responses through various platforms. Pico’s international reach across 40 major cities around the world reflects it understanding of different cultures and emphasises its mission to implement optimum strategy and execution methods.

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