With the Annual Fine Arts Exhibition fast approaching, our thoughts turn to all things creative and BTM has rounded up a few of the more off-the-beaten-track places to see some wonderful artworks.
Mashq Art Space
Hidden away in a small square off the Budaiya Highway, you could be forgiven for not even knowing this place exists. But it really is worth a visit for interesting exhibitions, a lovely, light, rustic-style space and lots of community activities, gatherings and classes etc. Open daily 9.30am-1pm and 3.30pm-11.30pm.
Call 35 572-847.
Right in the heart of the commercial centre that is Bahrain Financial Harbour is a great art space where you’ll find regular exhibitions and events. From visiting international artists, to local groups such as RIA Centre producing student artworks and more.
There are often live painting and creation sessions with exhibiting artists too, so keep your eyes open for news of those.
Plus 973 Artisanat Gallery
A unique touristic artisanal destination, offering a wide variety of Bahraini-made products by independent craftspeople under the theme “Hand Made with Love”.
The aim is to encourage national entrepreneurs and empower them by developing their creativity and innovation through offering a positive venue to increase their visibility and allow the public access to purchase and interact with the design and art community.
There are regular showing opportunities and you can always find lovely pieces from jewellery to fashions.
It’s on the side of the Al Fatih Highway – you’ll know it by the painted camels outside – and is open Saturday to Thursday, 10am-10pm.
Call 17 000-269.
Ella Art Gallery
Ella Prakash is the director and founder of Ella Art Gallery where she displays her own pieces – paintings in acrylic and mixed media. She is well-known for her feminine, figurative, modern and contemporary art and has exhibited internationally most recently in London and Singapore. Last year she launched Ella Impressions, featuring her work on gorgeous fashion accessory pieces. Found in Adliya’s Block 327, the gallery is open Saturday-Thursday, 9.30am-1pm and 3.30pm-8pm. and you may well find Ella there when you visit.
Call 17 292-815.
Operated under the theme ‘Visualize ... Create ... Inspire’ Akkas Gallery is a creative art space providing a variety of services including art exhibitions, photography, design and workshops. It also just recently held a charity art sale, organised by the Saar Charity Fund, and, in November, staged an expo of emerging artists, giving much-needed exposure to up and coming talents. The space is also a cultural spot with a private collection of books exceeding 10,000 titles!
If you’re still on the hunt for more art, check out Fakhrawi Frames in Zinj, where you’ll often find owner Mahmoud painting and chatting over a cuppa. The Bin Matar House in Muharraq is one of the Kingdom’s best-known art venues. Bahrain Art Society has regular shows at its premises near Burgerland Roundabout. Naqsh Gallery in Seef Mall has some beautiful high-end pieces. And, of course, you cannot miss La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art, which has regular exhibitions in an absolutely gorgeous setting.