Talks programme released for ArtBahrain

Art Fairs

As the momentum builds for the inaugural ArtBahrain – the international art fair in Manama, Bahrain – has announced ArtBahrain Talks, its in-depth education forum and a VIP programme.

ArtBahrain Talks and the VIP programme will be headed up by Janet Rady and Renaud Siegmann respectively, bringing their wealth of experience to the Middle Eastern art market.

Rady’s ArtBahrain Talks will include daily guest speaking slots delivered from some of the participating international and Bahraini artists at ArtBahrain, consisting of three sessions of talks, discussions and presentations per day from 13 – 15 October 2015.

Designed for a small group of VIP participants, the sessions will highlight topics including collecting art, the preservation of art and sharing/patronage of the arts. These workshops will be followed by individual MENASA artists’ presentations who will showcase their practice. The speakers will be drawn from a range of international and regional specialists and each will give an opportunity to engage with the other and to enrich their knowledge base in the context of a Bahraini forum.

Artists participating at the ArtBahrain Talks panel discussions include artists Elisabeth de Bolza, Zoulikha Bouabdellah and Bassam Kyrillos. Workshops will be held by speakers such as Francesca Polo, Executive Director of Vastari, Pierre- Olivier Baudot of Baudot Patrimony, an investment fine art and collectables company, and Priya Khanna, an Indian art restorer.

Meanwhile, Siegmann’s tailored VIP programme will aim to give visitors an expansive insight into the artistic history and culture of Bahrain, with a guided tour throughout the entirety of the fair. This includes visits to the Bahrain National Museum, the Bahrain Arts Society, the House of Qur’an and the Bahrain Fort.

There will also be a VIP preview of ArtBahrain on 12 October 2015, one day prior to the public opening.

Both programmes exemplify the CEO Kaneka Subberwal’s aim to promote ArtBahrain to the emerging creative industries in Bahrain and the Middle East. “I feel the inclusion of ArtBahrain Talks and our VIP Programme will create an immersive experience for those coming to Bahrain for the first time. Being interactive and engaging our audience will be key if we want to show the full potential of Bahrain.”

ArtBahrain is preparing to host up to 200 international art collectors, 2,000 VIP clients and approximately 10,000 visitors. The event is set to be a culminating point for artists, art collectors and art lovers.

ArtBahrain will take place from 13 to 16 October 2015.

ArtBahrain Talks Full Programme

Tuesday 13 October 2015

11:30 am – WORKSHOP

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR COLLECTION

Loaning your work to Museums – Francesca Polo, Co-founder, Vastari, UK Art Restorer – Priya Khanna, India
Your collection in the digital age – PCF Director Andrew Ellis, UK

2:00 pm – ARTISTS PRESENTATION

Satish Gupta, India

3:30 pm – PANEL DISCUSSION

THE KEY TO COLLECTING / CURATING EXHIBITIONS I – MUSEUMS and Non-Profit Institutions

Désiré Feuerle, Owner, Private Museum, Berlin, Germany Marie Muracciole, Director Beirut Art Center, Lebanon
Ali Al Mahmeed, Director Bahrain Arts Society, Bahrain (TBC) Maya Allison, Chief Curator of the NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi

Wednesday 14 October 2015

11:30 am – WORKSHOP

INVESTING IN ART

Art as an asset class – Pierre-Olivier Baudot, UK
Legal issues surrounding your collection – Sandrine Giroud, LALIVE, Switzerland Forming a Corporate Collection – Jens Jennsen, former leader of Statoil art programme, Norway

2:00 pm – ARTISTS PRESENTATION

Rachid Koraïchi, Tunisia

3:30 pm – PANEL DISCUSSION

THE KEY TO COLLECTING / CURATING EXHIBITIONS II – COLLECTORS and Commercial Galleries / Auction Houses

Christoph Noe, Larry’s List, Hong Kong Hala Khayat, Christie’s Dubai Participating gallerist at the fair Basel Dalloul, Private collector, Egypt Tariq Al Jaidah, Private Collector, Qatar Chong Zhou, Private Collector, China

Thursday 15 October 2015

11:30 am – WORKSHOP

THE POWER OF ART

Paul-Gordon Chandler, President, CARAVAN – the role of art in peacebuilding, USA & Egypt
Alaa Shuwayer Ghalayini, Head of Art and Diplomacy, BMG Foundation, Saudi Arabia
Sumi Ghose, Deputy Director of Cultural Diplomacy Projects, Office of Strategic Cultural Relations, QMA, Qatar

2:00 pm – ARTISTS PRESENTATION

Nja Mahdaoui, Tunisia

3:30 pm – PANEL DISCUSSION

EMERGING SCENES AND GLOBAL ART / INHERITED AND ADOPTED CULTURES – Artists And Independent Curators

Elisabeth de Bolza, Artist, Spain
Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Artist, Morocco
Bassam Kyrillos, Artist, Lebanon
Abed Al Kadiri, Artists and independent curator, Lebanon

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