Banat Gulnar: Book Launch & Art Showcase

Banat Gulnar: Book Launch & Art Showcase

We are pleased to introduce artist and writer Amani Al-Tawash to Al Riwaq Art Space, where we hosted the launch of her book (Banat Gulnar) accompanied by an Art Showcase, that was an extension about story her book. On Saturday, 7th of October on a warm night of the last days of the summer, people came for book singing while people enjoying live music performance by Amani's daughter and son outdoors.

We also hosted to a special discussion talk Rula Al Saffar with the author, on Wednesday, October 11, allowed for a deeper discussion extended to her audience that explored the details within the story.



“She is Iranian in the village of Lilac, and she is ajmi in Manama. Gulnar says, in the first chapter, that she came to the city of Manama on a boat, shielded by the dark night, while breastfeeding a 5-month-old infant, and covering herself with a bag made out of burlap to hide from the coastal police. Since she first reached the land of Arabs, she missed her husband and her homeland. She will get used to her new lonely life with the Ajams surrounding her, and she will live a life as a widowed maid, ...” Gulnar, by Amani Al Tawwash
You can get a copy of Banat Gulnar Book Here

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the residency only for visual arts?

No, it is open to all artists from different disciplines.

How long is the residency programme?

12 working weeks, from 28 January to 28 April 2024.

Please note the residency will coincide with the holy month of Ramadan as well as the Eid Holidays. Studio opening hours will be adjusted as appropriate during that period. 

Will there be an exhibition at the end of the residency?

Yes, participants' artwork and projects will be showcased in an exhibition at the end of the residency. The exhibition concept will be formulated and developed in discussion with the artists in residence. 

The exhibition will be developed in collaboration with Al Riwaq’s curation team, led by William Wells, and will open on 25 June 2024. 

Does this programme support research residencies?

Al Riwaq is open to receiving research-based resident artists, within Application 003 or independently. 

Artists seeking the unfamiliar around the corner, are welcome to apply for a  research-driven residency that can revolve around peer-to-peer exchange, and knowledge and understanding, not just in the arts but also in society.

Is there an age restriction for the applicants?

This residency is open for all above 18 years of age.