Fair and Programme Director
Art Consultant, collector, curator and keen watcher of contemporary art trends, Kaneka is self-taught in art – she is also much-respected internationally for her quick eye for talent and fine art and sought-after as a speaker in art show platforms around the world.
Kaneka launched ArtBAB as the flagship project of her art investment and advisory company Art Select as a business module to project the unique narrative of contemporary Bahraini art. The show is held annually Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women , an active patron of culture and arts.
ArtBAB is supported by Tamkeen, the government’s agency for change management and development of Bahraini human resources. The Fair has created a network of alliances with established and recognized individuals and groups in the art world, sharing values and showcasing contemporary art and the culture it represents in its best form.
Since its first show in 2015, ArtBAB has taken Bahraini art to the world and raised its visibility as well as its monetary value. By the time of ArtBAB 2018, there was a 40% increase in the value of Bahraini art sold at the show and a general increase in the price of Bahraini canvases and sculpture.
Tasneem Al Shurougi
Assistant Fair Manager
With a Bachelor’s in Art History & Visual Culture from the American University of Paris, Tasneem brings a fund of art knowledge to her work as an Assistant Fair Manager. In her role, she liaises with local and international artists and galleries and assists in the curation of art fairs.
Throughout her time between Paris and Bahrain, she has developed an eye for seeking young and local talents and encouraging them, by showcasing their works. Her aim is to break stereotypes and to empower the art sector in the Kingdom. She is extremely passionate about educating people, especially younger generations into cultivating a career into art and moulding it into the global market. One of her main goals is to introduce Corporate Art Collecting in the financial sector.