ArtBAB 2019The International Art Fair

6 Mar – 10 Mar 2019

Held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. It was officially inaugurated by HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohamed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquity.

The theme for the 2019 edition of ArtBAB was ‘Legacy’ and was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, spread across 8,000 square metres of pillar-less exhibition space.

This edition consisted of seventeen galleries with both local and international works displayed. Sixteen independent artists from various countries were presented. The fair also highlighted several local Bahraini artists giving them the opportunity to showcase their unique talents through a sponsored BAB Pavilion which exhibited over one sixty works.

ArtBAB 2019 was organized by Art Select, an art consultancy and advisory, powered by a team of passionate art experts with dedicated management and organizational team.

Be Bahrain

The Bahrain Room under the creative direction of JJ Valaya was to give a uniquely new and modern spin to traditional craft and develop products that are distinctly Bahraini but will fit into any contemporary lifestyle. We have worked with 12 artisans to create a multitude of exhibits ranging from Furniture to wall art to men’s fashion to a unique line of lifestyle products to walls of signature fine art photography for The Bahrain Room.

The intricately designed furniture pieces are produced with the finest quality Burma Teak wood along with high-grade veneers often juxtaposing traditional patterns with the sharp lines of modern-day forms. The furniture collection is a lavish tribute to Arabic elegance, set to present Bahraini statement pieces for both metropolitan lifestyles and more conservative homes.

The home accessories line complements The Bahrain Room’s lavish furniture showcase by offering daily-use items that can be integrated into all kinds of lifestyles and global households. The line’s signature characteristic is a contemporary structure with Arabesque patterns carved into the products and filled with gold leaf. This range includes a range of Bukhoor burners, elaborate trays, platters and bowls, and coasters presented in Bani Jamra boxes.

Lastly, the fashion line conceptualized for the first edition of Be Bahrain is a limited edition jacket collection for men that highlights traditional Middle Eastern extravagance in contemporary wear and has been manifested in three signatures. The first style is woven with wool-based Bani Jamra fabric and adorned with mother-of-pearl buttons. The second signature is constructed with textured linen and finished with Dilmun Seal buttons in bronze. The same buttons are also the finishing touch on the third design, jackets produced with traditionally-dyed ikat pattern fabric.


  • Abdulhusain Yusuf Mohamed Hasan – Beni Jamra Weaving
  • Saleh Abdulredha Jaffar Mohammed – Beni Jamra Weaving
  • Mohammed Abdulredha Jaffar Mohammed – Beni Jamra Weaving
  • Wahab Taqi – Wood Carving
  • Ali Mohammed – Wood Carving
  • Najeeb Herz Rashed Alshomali – Wood Carving
  • Al-Alawi Furniture (AbdulGhaffar M.Y Alawi) – Wood Carving
  • Ghada Alkhuzaei – Ceramics
  • Noora Fraidoon – Metal Engraving
  • Gayad Jawad – Stained Glass Painting
  • Jaffar A.Hussain Yaqoob Yousif – Gypsum
  • Abdul-Rasool Kadhem Ahmed – Copper Nail Work
  • Mohammed AbdulGhani Ahmed Abudrees – Manufacturer Retail Line

Special Projects

Workshops @ ArtBAB

This year’s addition brought about collaborations with two prominent art spaces in Bahrain, Mashq Art Space and Paint & Palette, giving workshops for both kids and adults across the weekend. The workshops were a wide range of disciplines from recycling art to sketching.

Conversations @ ArtBAB

In collaboration with Artem Holdings, ArtBAB provided a unique platform for conversations and discussions about FinTech, blockchain in art, and VR. The 2nd annual “UNFOLD Art Xchange” Art and FinTech summit had 40 speakers, all leaders and game-changers in their fields, from 20 different countries, discussing the how these technologies are changing the art world.

Virtual Reality Corner

With the expanding technologies in the art world, museums, galleries, and collectors all around the world can now reach audiences in every parts of the world with access to VR technology. This year at ArtBAB, the Kremer Collection, the dslcollection, and Khora Contemporary were displaying their private collections through VR to those attending the fair.

Art for Heart

Giving back to the community that gave us is an important value that we hold dear to our hearts. In collaboration with Mashq Art Space, 50 canvases were created by 32 Bahraini and Bahrain-based artists and sold for charity at the fair. ArtBAB donated all proceedings from the sales to Alia for Early Intervention Center.


A unique merchandise experience curated by Francis Stafford. CRAFTed is a Collaboration between local artisans & contemporary designers, sharing techniques, practices & processes involved in the creation of traditional craft in Bahrain & the Khaleej while exploring modern renditions inspired by these aesthetics.

Participants of CRAFTed:

  • Nathaly Jung
  • Virginie Dreyer
  • Giuse Maggi
  • Halla bint Khalid
  • Leon D
  • Tamadher Ali
  • Nasim Javid
  • Noora Fraidoon
  • Amina Aiubova
  • Omar Elkanzi
  • Adeeba Alkhan
  • Soad Alkhan



  • Abdulkarim Al Orrayed
  • Ahmed Alasad
  • Ali Mubarak
  • Amani Al Hajeri
  • Aysha AlMoayyed
  • Batool AlShaikh
  • Christian Vennerstrom
  • Dalia Ali
  • Duaa Alaamer
  • Ghalia Abdul Jawad
  • Hala Kaiksow
  • Hasan Al Sari
  • Ishaq Abdulrazaq Madan
  • Jaafar Alhaddad
  • Khalid Al Jabri
  • Latifa Al Khayat
  • Maitham AlMubarak
  • Marwa Rashid Al Khalifa
  • Mashael Alsaie
  • Mayasa Al Sowaidi
  • Mohamed Al Mahdi
  • Mohamed Tawfiq Taqi
  • Mohammed Alemadi
  • Mona Almoataz
  • Nada Al Aradi
  • Neda Khalil Ghulam
  • Noor Alwan
  • Omar Al Rashid
  • Othman Khunji
  • Reem Acason
  • Reem Ahmed Janahi
  • Sana Al Borshaid
  • Sara Aradi
  • Somaya Abdulghani


  • Art Agency Ltd.
  • Art Lounge Gallery
  • Bagdad Art Gallery
  • Contemporary Arts Society
  • Core Art & Design Gallery
  • Cosmic Heart Gallery
  • Fann A Porter
  • Galerie Bruno Massa
  • NK Gallery
  • Quimera Galeria
  • Sconsi Art Gallery
  • Seed Art Gallery
  • Tag Fine Art
  • Trade Art Gallery

General Entry Artists

  • Balqees Fakhro
  • Dana Al Moaibed
  • Faika Al Hassan
  • Halla Bint Khalid
  • Jamal A. Rahim
  • Jonathan Parker
  • Lobna Al Amin
  • Lulwa bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa
  • Mariam Ali Fakhro
  • Maryam Nass
  • Sahar Al Ahmadi
  • Salwa Yousif Almoayyed
  • Seema Baqi
  • Taiba Faraj
  • Valentin Korzhov
  • Yulia Volkonskaya
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