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, ArtBAB 2017, saw strong attendance and an excess of USD $500,000 sold in total.
ArtBAB 2017 hosted 60 participants from Bahrain, UAE, Lithuania, France, Ukraine, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, India, Italy, the USA and others – with participation up 20% from the first edition of the fair held in October 2015.
There are three categories under which to exhibit – Gallery, ArtBAB Pavilion Artist (free for Bahraini artists) and General Entry Artists.
“We were totally satisfied with our booth… we met a few collectors from Europe and from Bahrain. Her Royal Highness paid huge attention to our artists. We would be pleased to come back next year. I will be active in promoting the fair in the Ukraine media. Thanks for the great work”.
Oleksandr Shchelushchenko, Tsekh Gallery
“This was our first visit to the Middle East and Bahrain. We thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting at Art Bahrain Art Across Borders and our stand was a huge success. The organisation and staff assistance was fantastic and we look forward to working with the organisers again in the future”.
Cordelia de Freitas, Director, Maddox Gallery
We welcome applications from local, regional and international galleries.
Applications will be considered by our selection committee and galleries informed as soon as possible.
This year, upon request of previous participants, we are extending the sizes of the gallery stands to 60 and 72 sqm.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 co-Curator Jonathan Watkins. 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