A two day symposium hosted here at Al Riwaq Art Space at Al - Guful. It Brought together design practitioners, with different expertise and backgrounds, alongside the relevant institutions and cultural practitioners to engage with the audience in reflective, critical and constructive dialogue around the art and design practice. Each day presented different topics and discussion. The Symposium set was to examine existing tools, resources and practice in the lines of design and production, and explore further possibilities and potential for growth, conversation, and collaboration. Design practice in Bahrain is at the crossroads for a realistic and integrative future with unlimited possibilities.
On Day one, Sh. Khalifa bin Ahmed Al - Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities speech on Approaching Design Symposium.
A discussion with Tamadher Al Fahal and Sumaya Shalabi, Design education and design initiatives, and the role of Universities and education institutions in teaching design and build a strong foundation their vital role planting the seeds for success.
Design and the Community Netaj, Made in Bahrain. Explored the intersections between design and the community, and how the two can work together can uplift each other, represented through two successful experiences from Netaj and Made in Bahrain. Moving experiences, the thought, the plans, the challenges and the ambitions behind their work, and how artists and designers can work alongside their communities.
“Based on Al Riwaq’s vision to support the arts, and our belief in the close link between art and design, and their role in advancing society and creating wider and more creative spaces for society, our motivation came to develop initiatives that combine art and design, such as the “Majal” initiative. It is the experience that inspired a serious and deep dialogue about the capabilities and talents of artists and designers in Bahrain and the importance of finding spaces to invest in and support their growth and launch. We are very happy to host the symposium, and with the cooperation and support of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, and all the speakers and participants, from local and foreign design institutions such as the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithraa), to draw inspiration from that for more institutional cooperation for the benefit of the art sector in the Kingdom, to which we dedicate ourselves in Al Riwaq Art Space." Bayan Kanoo on Alayam news.