**A VISUAL EXPERIMENTALIST.**

Children’s cartoon animation workshop with Erling Ericsson.

Posted in GENERAL by Yousef Alshaikh on 16/04/2010

Yesterday I was lucky to attend the first day of a great workshop in Bahrain’s Adliya district with my good friend Omar Zahrani. This inspirational 3-day workshop is hosted by Al Riwaq Art Space and is run by the very kind and creative Erling Ericsson.

Kids ages 8-15 will be learning how to create cartoon animations using simple and super-fun stop motion techniques, and will go through many related topics including: story telling techniques, character design, filming, and voice-over recording.

Maha Al Sahaf, Al Riwaq’s curator, who was kind enough to let us attend this workshop would  like to inform you that they will  be hosting a super exciting new workshop with a charity edge starting this Tuesday titled “Art on Cancer, Art for Cancer“, and I suggest you don’t miss it! I’ve had a sneak-peak into some of the works to be exhibited, and they are absolutely wonderful! For a list of Al Riwaq Art Space’s workshops this month click here. Also, don’t forget that you can join them on their facebook group page too for the latest updates!

Al Riwaq Art Space was also hosting a great exhibition titled “As The Land Expands” which totally blew me away as soon as I walked through the door and nailed me to a bench for a few minutes before I was able to get up and take in the individual pieces that made up this amazing exhibition (I’m the dude in pink!). Omar enjoyed the hell out of a Mondrian-esque chair in the bookshop, and I incidentally fell in love with this book on first sight!

“As the land expands is an exhibition of art works selected in discussion with local
artists and curators for their determined urgency and prevalence to the context of
Bahrain. Certain themes and interests dominated this conversation – these included
issues of ecology and land reclamation, national branding, the speed of urban
development in the region […]”

You can find more info about the  “As The Land Expands” exhibition and Al Riwaq Art Space both on the official website and here. Alternatively, checkout Bahrain Timeout’s art page for the latest in Bahrain’s art scene.

Allah. By Hakim Ghazali.

While we were in the area we also visited the Albareh Art Gallery and its cute cafe. Gazing into the exhibited artwork by Hakim Ghazali was a deeply mystical experience, I couldn’t help but hum a tune as I looked at each piece. The cafe, which is situated in an adjacent building, was also very refreshing with its found-art furniture and quite shaded outdoor deck — the melon and lime juice was nice too!  All-in-all yet another great experience!

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  1. Soraya said, on 17/04/2010 at 2:16 am

    I really enjoyed reading this; makes me wish I were there 🙂

    • TheQine said, on 17/04/2010 at 3:05 am

      Sure wish you were there too! Are we still on for that private exhibition then? 😀


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