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dwp Art Bahrain OCTOBER 2011

dwp now offer Art Consultancy

Marc Dorrian Marouane G. Conor Maguire

dwp art initiative to heighten our awareness and appreciation of art in design.

Zahra Al Shehab

What ?

Alexandra Marrs

Light, visuals, sculpture, photography, installations, pictures, paintings, living art and 3-D Integrating art & design for architecture, façades ,interiors and landscapes.

Sue Henson

Art spaces and art acquisition services to suit all tastes, surfaces and spectrums.

Design Month Committee

Why ? art often seen as an add-on, a decorative accessory. dwp feel it should be integral to our concepts and design from the beginning.

Art in design awareness month 3rd to 10th October. Enlightenment - dwp Art Bahrain Art with a cultural spirit Events 

art sharing through movies

experience through visits

information through speakers

interaction through action

Husnia Karimi

When ?


dwp Art Bahrain OCTOBER 2011

dwp art in design - Events & Activities

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Imagination Installation - Architectural Collage

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Light Installation - Art Glass

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Colour Painting Installation - Drip Paint

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String Art Installation - The Cats Cradle

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Movie Nights Pollock Blade Runner

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Art Gallery Visits Capital Club Art Exhibition Albareh Art Gallery La Fontaine Centre

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Visits a place of local design interest Al Fateh Mosque Shaikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa House Bin Matar House

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Speakers Ghassan Muhsen Andrew Weaver

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Open House

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Design month closing—group photo

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Imagination Installation Organizer: Marc Joseph Dorrian

start on 3 October - Ends on 10 October 2011

ARCHITECTURAL COLLAGE dwp staff will take a trip to a Bahrain architectural landmark. Once there we will attempt to create original works that bridge the gap between photography and more traditional art forms like painting. Photographs and sketches will be taken from multiple locations at different times and on different days to create a piece that shows a longer timeline than can ever be possible with conventional photography viewed from a distance. The original works will be a spectacle of colour, movement and on taking a closer look, an intricate network of detail will be captured.


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Light Installation Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong

Starts on 6 October—Ends on 13 October 2011

ART GLASS dwp staff will take a trip to Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa Villa in Muharraq to sketch and take photographs of local inspiration incorporating art in design. We have chosen two subject matter, one will be FLORAL and the other PATTERN. From this research we will create large scale colour and black and white artworks back at the office which we will print onto film and fix to some of the dwp villa windows.


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Colour Painting Installation Organizer: Marouane Guachati Drip Paint dwp staff will make a painting, based on the way the famous painter Jackson Pollack worked. They will use only one big size of canvas where they all will contribute to develop this painting. They will use several techniques like paint pouring and the dripping technique Pollack used. Hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes as paint applicators. Finally this art piece will be hanged on the wall next to the stairs.

16 October 2011


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String Art Installation Organizer: Sue Henson

Starts on 23 October—Ends on 24 October 2011

‘The Cat’s cradle ” dwp aim to create an installation art piece by using basic materials like colourful cords / string or painted bamboo, a team will design and make their installation art piece on the staircase that will be conceived as integral to the design of dwp Bahrain office. dwp will work on creating a string art, or pin and thread art, which is characterized by an arrangement of colored thread strung between points to form abstract geometric patterns or representational designs such as The Cats Cradle, sometimes with other artist material comprising the remainder of the work. Thread, wire, or string is wound around a grid of nails hammered into a velvetcovered wooden board or on the wall. Though straight lines are formed by the string, the slightly different angles and metric positions at which strings intersect may give the appearance of Bézier curves (and often construct actual quadratic Bézier curves).


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Movie Nights Organizer: Marc Joseph Dorrian

16 October 2011—1:00pm to 2:00pm:

POLLOCK Artist Jackson Pollock revolutionized American painting in the 1940's with his exciting abstract canvases that used dripped and splattered paint in a manner at once excitingly physical and structurally intelligent. While Pollock became a heroic figure in the art world, his private life was nothing to envy, and this biography looks at both his professional triumphs and personal tragedies. In 1941, Pollock (Ed Harris) was a bitter and struggling painter when he met Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), a fellow artist with whom he was appearing in a joint gallery show. Krasner was intrigued by Pollock, and immediately sensed the importance of his work; they quickly became lovers, and as Krasner realized his superior talent, she began devoting herself to promoting Pollock's work. When Peggy Guggenheim (Amy Madigan) agreed to present a show of Pollock's paintings at her Art of This Century gallery, his name was made, and a profile in Life magazine solidified his reputation as one of the art world's most important figures. But success did not bring Pollock peace of mind; while he long had a taste for alcohol, his new fame sent his drinking out of control, and his infidelity with numerous women (including Guggenheim) eventually destroyed his relationship with Krasner. Pollock was the first feature directed by actor Ed Harris, who also plays the title role; the cast also includes Val Kilmer as artist Willem de Kooning and Jennifer Connelly as Ruth Kligman, one of Pollock's lovers. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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Movie Nights Organizer: Marc Joseph Dorrian

18 October 2011—6:00pm to 8:00pm

BLADE RUNNER In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when six replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth. Los Angeles, 2019: Rick Deckard of the LAPD's Blade Runner unit prowls the steel & micro-chip jungle of the 21st century for assumed humanoids known as 'replicants'. Replicants were declared illegal after a bloody mutiny on an Off -World Colony, and are to be terminated upon detection. Man's obsession with creating a being equal to himself has back-fired. Deckard is a Blade Runner, a police man of the future who hunts down and terminates replicants, artificially created humans. He wants to get out of the force, but is drawn back in when 4 "skin jobs", a slang term for replicants, hijack a ship back to Earth. The city that Deckard must search for his prey is a huge, sprawling, bleak vision of the future. This film questions what it is to be human, and why life is so precious. ~ Greg Bole


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Art Gallery Visits Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong & Zahra Al Shehab

2 October 2011 - 4:00am to 6:00pm:

CAPITAL CLUB ART EXIBITION ”The Gradual Instant” An exhibition of Demi Mcleod‘s new works Capital Club, the Kingdom’s premier private business club today unveiled an exclusive new art exhibition: ‘The Gradual Instant’, by Bahrain-based artist, Demi Mcleod. A collection of more than 26 paintings are on display through out the club. Demi’s latest inspirational series explores exiting new mediums and textures, cleverly combined with traditional methods of oil painting all presented on Italian canvas or linen. Demi McLeod trained at the Royal College of Arts, in London. She was the owner of the Art Lounge in Perth, Australia and worked as a curator before she moved to the Kingdom of Bahrain. As a full time artist, Demi’s artwork brings to life aspects of her past and present encounters and features mainly children, music and animals. Born in Zimbabwe, educated in the UK and having lived in Australia, she has had the opportunity to deal with an array of artists from across the globe during her 20 years in the professional world of art. She currently lives in Bahrain and runs her own studio, the Bahrain Studio in Zinj. In February 2009, she had co-hosted the “Ephemeral Space’ exhibition at the Gulf Hotel.


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Art Gallery Visits Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong & Zahra Al Shehab ALBAREH ART GALLERY—Art Curator More than just an exhibition hall where one can admire some of the finest pieces of contemporary art, Albareh Art Gallery encourages fresh perspectives by serving as a bridge that brings together different cultures, styles and art trends. The Gallery has two art studios, where art workshops are conducted regularly, for adults and children. Lectures and group discussion meetings about art history, poetry and cultural issues are also held at the art studios. Albareh Art Gallery occupies a special position among the leading private art galleries in Bahrain, showcasing paintings, sculptures and other unique artworks by artists from Bahrain and the Middle East, as well as from other parts of the world.

19 October 2011—TBC:


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Art Gallery Visits Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong & Zahra Al Shehab LA FONTAINE CENTRE—Epilogue La Fontaine centre of contemporary art, in collaboration with London's Xerxes Art, will exhibit the works of Pakistani-American artist Simeen Farhat. Farhat's conceptual works use the amenable forms of the Arabic script to elicit linguistic power through allegorical references to Persian and Urdu poetry. Her large scale installations challenge the Occident's popular perceptions of the East and address gender relations. Musician in movement – French flutist Pierre Nazarian will perform for the exhibition’s opening night. Pierre is also a professor of flute at the National Conservatoire of the Carenoble region and his vast repertoire consists of classical, jazz, contemporary and traditional music; he has participated in many festivals and performed in most European countries, and will be playing in the Middle East for the first time at La Fontaine.

30 October 2011 - 10:00am to 6:00pm:


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Visits a place of local design interest Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong & Zahra Al Shehab AL FATEH MOSQUE The Al-Fateh Mosque (also known as Al-Fateh Islamic Center & Al Fateh Grand Mosque) is one of the largest mosques in the world, capable of accommodating over 7,000 worshippers at a time. The mosque is the largest place of worship in Bahrain. It is located next to the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, which is a town located in the capital city of Manama. The mosque very close to the Royal Bahraini Palace, the residence of the king of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. The huge dome built on top of the Al-Fatih Mosque is made of pure fiberglass. Weighting over 60 t (60,000 kg), the dome is currently the worlds largest fibreglass dome. Al-Fateh now includes the new National Library which opened to the public in 2006. The mosque was built by the late Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa in 1987.

3 October 2011— 4:00pm to 6:00pm


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Visits a place of local design interest Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong & Zahra Al Shehab SHAIKH ISA BIN ALI AL KHALIFA HOUSE Shaikh isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa House is located in the center of the old capital of Bahrain (Muharraq City). It was built at the end of the 18th century by Shaikh Hassan Bin Abdulla Ahmed Al Fateh during the rule of his father, Shaikh abdulla Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa. The house is characterized by its huge walls and small doors designed to protect them from the heat in summer and the se-

6 October 2011—4:00pm to 6:00pm


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Visits a place of local design interest Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong & Zahra Al Shehab

11 October 2011—4:00pm to 6:00pm

BIN MATAR HOUSE The restored Bin Matar House is a restoration project undertaken by the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research as part of its ongoing effort to protect Bahrain’s traditional architectural heritage. The name of the building is Memory of the Place – Bin Matar House, and this name reflects the dual function of this traditional building in presenting the identity of a people. Firstly, the building embodies a definite cultural identity through its specific architecture and design elements. At the same time, it is also a repository of memories, through the individuals that lived in the building and the events that took place there. The Bin Matar House is dedicated to conserving both traditional Bahraini architecture as well as the memory of the Bin Matar family. On the 9th of February 2009, the newly restored Bin Matar House opened its doors to the public to display the wonderful traditional architecture of the building and pay homage to the memory of Salman Matar and his family. In addition to a permanent exhibition on the history of pearling in Bahrain and the Bin Matar family, the Bin Matar House will house a small collection of contemporary Bahraini art and feature an ongoing program of temporary art exhibitions in its dedicated exhibition space.


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Speakers Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th September 2011—1pm – 2pm

Ambassador Ghassan Muhsen - Artist

Ghassan Muhsen visited dwp to give a talk about his life, art and what has inspired him over the years. Ghassan is a really interesting person with a broad wealth of knowledge and experience and has his artwork is displayed in offices and hotels all over Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East. Ghassan was born on September 28, 1945 in Nassiriyah, Iraq. He is a Career Diplomat and Ambassador who is also an artist with over 48 exhibitions in four continents ranging from New Delhi to New York, from Dubai to Tunis. Currently Ambassador Ghassan Muhsen serves Iraqi Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. His work usually incorporates three basic elements “Floral, architectural motifs, and traditional calligraphy". His paintings are "a result of a fusion between the three"


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Speakers Organizer: Alexandra Armstrong

17 October 2011—1:00pm to 2:00pm

Andrew Weaver – Interiors Photographer Andrew Weaver is one of the Middle east’s leading commercial photographers. Andrew is widely recognised for his award winning advertising campaigns for multinationals and for leading companies in the region. Andrew has earned a reputation for eye-catching work for corporate clients, financial institutions, luxury hotels, industries, fashion houses, and publishing companies. Andrew also has the most comprehensive stock library of Bahrain images, and sells his images to clients throughout the region and beyond. Andrew is based in Bahrain but receives commissions worldwide.


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Open House Organizer: Sue Henson, Zahra Al Shehab & Husnia Karimi dwp to invite practicing artists to exhibit their work in our office for an open evening.

26 October 2011—6:00pm to 10:00pm


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dwp art in design team Organizer: Sue Henson, Zahra Al Shehab & Husnia Karimi

31 October 2011—11:00am

Special Thanks go to all dwp staff for their support of outstanding achievement of dwp Art Bahrain.


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