Art Bahrain Across Borders, ArtBAB, is Bahrain’s international art fair. This is an international art fair that bridges the Kingdom and the global art market.
Within Bahrain there is a vibrant population of over 1.2 million which includes many Bahraini collectors, Bahraini and non-national art-lovers who have high disposable income keen to engage with local and international contemporary art.
Bahrain is uniquely positioned in the Gulf as the centre for contemporary art: by 2014 Bahraini artists were selling over USD $8.7 million – contributing to the growth of the market eager to explore and collect Bahraini art.
Providing education and engagement, Art Bahrain Across Borders, Bahrain’s only international art fair provides a platform for collectors, artists and galleries to meet, converse and support the development of the local contemporary art market whilst facilitating international exposure within the Kingdom.
Exceeding expectations, from the second edition of ArtBAB 2017, ArtBAB 2018 saw strong attendance and a 40% increase in sales ArtBAB 2018 hosted 60 participants from Bahrain, UAE, Bulgaria, France, Ukraine, UK, India, Italy, Belgium and others.
We welcome applications from local, regional and international galleries.
Applications will be considered by our selection committee until December 15th with decisions being made by the International Selection Committee by December 24th.
This year, upon request of previous participants, we are extending the sizes of the gallery stands to 64 sqm and 72 sqm with these stands an extra metre in depth.
We are particularly interested in contemporary galleries, displaying work that is collectable but also affordable for an emerging market audience.Apply as a gallery
ArtBAB Pavilion Artists
An important feature of ArtBAB is to provide a platform for new, emerging and established Bahraini artists to engage with the international art market. An exclusive initiative to support Bahraini artists, the ArtBAB pavilion will be at the centre of ArtBAB 2018 and will house 30 Bahraini artists who will be selected by the international selection committee. Sales from the 2017 fair for ArtBAB pavilion artists were USD $82,000. Participation is free but you will have to arrange for transporting your selected works to the Art Select office / International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Artists applying for the ArtBAB pavilion are also encouraged to apply to participate in the International Artist Programme running through the Autumn and Winter of 2017 – you can apply at www.artselectbh.comApply as ArtBAB artist
General Entry Artists
As well as providing a platform for galleries and ArtBAB pavilion artists, the ArtBAB fair provides the opportunity for artists to take their own stand and thus exhibit more than the three works which is the limit to work exhibited in the ArtBAB pavilion.
Artists who wish to take their own stand are classified as General Entry artists and pay for their stands. Sales by General Entry artists in 2017 were USD $194,000. A number of artists sold-out their work.
Bahraini General Entry artists are also encouraged to apply to participate in the International Artist Programme running through the Autumn and Winter of 2017 – you can apply at www.artselectbbh.comApply as general entry artist
Art Bahrain Across Borders features the best of art and art inspired merchandise, therefore reflecting all areas of the arts economy.Apply as a Merchandiser