Wednesday 04 January 2017

As part of its continuous efforts to support gulf and especially local Bahraini talents, the British Council, in partnership with Al Riwaq Art Space, is organising a panel discussion titled “Emerging Fashion Designers in the Gulf”. The discussion will take place on Saturday, December 10th 2016 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the British Council Country Director residence in Adliya.

In light of the occasion, British Council Bahrain Director, Mr. Alan Rutt stated “The British Council is happy to continue supporting local emerging fashion designer in Bahrain as well as support local art organisations. Our partnership with Al Riwaq Art Space to host the third round of Talks @ The Nest comes as part of the council’s strategy to further empower the art scene in Bahrain. Under the theme of “Emerging Fashion Designers in the Gulf”, the talk aims to highlight the amazing work and designs of emerging and young gulf fashion talents as well as inspire the younger generation of fashion designers to take part of upcoming international opportunities.”

Mr. Rutt continued to say “One of the upcoming opportunities that the British Council is offering young Bahraini fashion designers is to participate and showcase their designs in the 2017 International Fashion Showcase that takes place in London annually. Finally, I would like to thank Al Riwaq Art Space and all those who will be part in the panel discussion on Saturday.” 

Regarding her participation in the panel discussion, Bahraini fashion designer Hala Kaiksow said “It's been an amazing experience working with the British Council throughout this year. Early in the year I was supported to show my designs at the International Fashion Showcase during Fashion Week in London which was immensely rewarding in terms of the exposure that my work received, and winning the designer award for Bahrain was just additional gratification and so humbling. None of which would not be possible without the British Council programs to support Bahraini artists and designers. Again during The Nest receiving the support allowed my work to be displayed in my country for the first time which is so immensely rewarding and gave my brand great exposure."

The Panel discussion is hosted as part of The Nest 2016 activities as well as the British Council celebrations of the Bahrain-UK 200 anniversary.

Notes to Editor


Al Riwaq is a non-profit space supporting contemporary art practice established in 1998, to promote creativity and art value providing exhibition space to emerging and established artists, both local and international.


Running from November to December The Nest has been designed to appeal to the widest audience and includes  public art, market, children’s area, workshops, live music and outdoors film screenings.The programme will balance community participation with excellence by offering events of both a local and international flavor.

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