Traditional Bahrain scene by Ali Sheikh Basheer


The strong light, bold colours and traditions of Bahrain have inspired any number of local and expatriate artists, and ensured the island has a truly vibrant art scene.

Exhibitions are regularly held at various galleries and other venues, and many artists have also displayed their works abroad.

The Art Centre, close to the National Museum, hosts many exhibitions. Private art galleries include the Al Riwaq and Dar Al Bareh art galleries in Adliya.

Close to the airport in Muharraq you will find the Rashid Al Oraifi Museum, which exhibits paintings and sculptures by an artist who has been inspired by the Dilmun period of Bahrain's history.

The Arabesque Gallery is another popular gallery selling prints and original paintings with a traditional flavour.

At the entrance to the souk in Bab Al Bahrain, you'll find an artist who displays his watercolours from the pavement on a Thursday afternoon.

The links below will lead you to the stories of some of Bahrain's finest artists. We will add to this list over time. If you feel there is an artist who particularly merits mention, please us and we will consider including it in future updates.

Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa: Read story

Abdul Wahab Koheji: Read story

Abdulla Al Muharraqi: Read story

Nasser Al Yousif: Read story



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If you're into art, the Bahraini Art Society on Budaiya Road is the place to go. The society holds regular exhibitions, and is a popular place for artists to hang out.