The Annual Fine Arts Exhibition
The Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition 44
In continuation of the trajectory of the arts scene in Bahrain, the annual fine arts exhibition continues its conquest of the traditional visual boundaries and transcend limits by mixing colours with thoughts, brushes with love of the open-ended spaces. Held under the patronage of the Prime Minister, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. since 1972, the exhibition philosophy is free of any particular title or artistic direction, artists ‘contributions every year have been encouraged to be as spontaneous and uninhibited as possible in order to allow for a wide-ranging artistic and cultural debate, unconfined by any formal restrictions or boundaries. Full artistic expression is showcased unhindered for local audiences. What was first established in 1972 has now evolved into a popular yearly gathering of artists, from all over the country, all eager to show off their talents and work completed so far throughout their careers . Every year, the fine arts exhibition acts as an innovative form for debate in which the different artistic monologues will have an exclusive opportunity to communicate according to the forms chosen, from calligraphy to surrealism and abstract and modernist representations to more traditional cultural expressions. Representing an opportunity to highlight different schools of thought, artists’ perceptions and ideological backgrounds are asked to evoke freely in order to instigate a dialogue about pluralism and artistic visions, experiences and expressions.
Do you think you’re the next Damien Hirst or David Hockney? Got the next Starry Night or American Gothic hiding in your studio? Well, you could be in with a chance of winning BHD6,000 and scooping the prestigious AlDanah Award. In January, the annual Fine Arts Exhibition will be returning for its 46th edition, and the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities is now calling for online applications. Bahraini nationals or residents over the age of 18 can submit plans for an installation or a collection of three artworks for consideration from now until Sunday December 15. If accepted, your artwork will be included in the exhibition next year. The overall winner will receive the AlDanah Award and BHD6,000, while whoever comes in second place will host their own solo exhibition at the Art Centre with all expenses paid. Finally, the third place winner will receive a two weeks residency with all expenses paid. You can find out more about the competition by visiting the BACA website here , emailing or calling 1729 8745.