Manama, Bahrain’s capital city, is fast emerging as West Asia's foremost art and culture hub. Public and Private sector investments are being funnelled to promote arts under the patronage of the royal family. Bahrain’s biggest strength is its legacy of art and culture. The nation did not acquire art; it is an organic inheritance over generations.
The Nest, an annual alfresco art market in Manama, has grown to become an important event in the Gulf region’s cultural calendar. Art BAB (Bahrain Across Borders), an annual arts fair held under the auspices of the royal family in Manama, has been a focal point of contemporary art for the region. Such events, are pivotal to keep the national economy humming while buttressing the Kingdom’s 2030 Economic Vision, underpinned by three aims — sustainability, fairness, competitiveness.
ArtBAB, Art Bahrain Across Borders, is Bahrain’s foremost international art fair, held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa in collaboration with Tamkeen and managed by Art Select.
ArtBAB is the bridge between Bahrain and the world with a mission to attract leading international galleries to the Kingdom, so powering the expansion of the art market whilst facilitating the development of local Bahraini artists.
Entering into its 4th Edition, ArtBAB 2019 took place from 6-10 March 2019 at the Bahrain International Convention & Exhibition Centre.