Bahrain’s art scene has been hit as hard as any sector during the pandemic, but a new gallery in Al Aali Mall, in the island’s Seef District, is providing a much-needed boost to the region’s artists.
Last Oil Well is the brainchild of Canadian gallerist Frances Stafford, who aims to give a platform to creatives whose work was disrupted in 2020.
Having already exposed the citizens of Berlin to Bahraini art through her 4:1 exhibition last year, Stafford gives the kingdom’s residents and visitors the chance to see and buy works by established and promising artists from Bahrain and beyond with her newest venture.
The name of the gallery takes inspiration not only from Bahrain being the first Gulf nation to strike oil, but also from Stafford’s home province of Alberta, which is famous for its oil production, too.
She also wants to attract a diverse pool of buyers, as prices for pieces range from 300 to 3,000 Bahraini dinars ($800-$7,980).