His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday inaugurated the third edition of the Kingdom’s foremost international art fair, ‘Art Bahrain Across Borders’ (Art BAB 2018) at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Held under the patronage of HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of HM King Hamad and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), ArtBAB 2018 is open to the public from today until 18 March and will host 15 galleries and 13 independent artists from 11 countries.

While attending the fair, HRH the Crown Prince noted the extensive development the arts and cultural sector has witnessed under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and highlighted the important role the arts have played in the Kingdom’s history and cultural heritage.

HRH the Crown Prince went on to praise the President of the SCW for her continued support towards ArtBAB and commended the organisers of the exhibition for their hard work.

Art BAB 2018 serves as an exciting platform for Bahraini artistic talent by showcasing 35 local artists and more than 100 artworks alongside globally renowned artistic talents and organisations.

Notable international participants include Alon Zakaim Fine Art from the UK, the Samara Art Gallery from India, Teshk Art Gallery from the Ukraine, Galerie Bruno Massa from the USA, Italian artistic collective Antonello Ghezzi, and many more.

Art BAB represents an important milestone in efforts to solidify Bahrain’s position as a regional arts and education hub, while stimulating investment and economic activity in the arts and cultural sector.