Confluence – Where Words and Images Meet, a unique, home-grown exhibition is back with its fifth edition.

Writers and artists on the island will come together under one roof for the Bahrain Writers’ Circle’s (BWC) annual art exhibition, Confluence – Where Words and Images Meet, in collaboration with Harbour Gate. This year, the display will feature 23 exhibits; art inspired by words or art that has inspired words. The exhibition will be located on the second floor at Harbour Gate, within Bahrain Financial Harbour, and will run from October 15 to 19. Entry to the exhibition will be free. Harbour Gate is open daily and visitor parking is available.

Speaking about the event, this year’s patron, Ali Shahbaz Ali, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster), said: “The arts of writing, painting and poetry are skills that connect us to the past, present and future, they take us on a journey to different dimensions of cultures, emotions, time and space. Keep inspiring!”

As in previous years, the Confluence brochure will be produced as a digital version, accessible for everyone. Exhibits will be assigned a QR code, which visitors will need to scan in order to be directed to the virtual brochure that includes a write-up on the relevant writer/artist teams with bios and contact information. The brochure will also be available for download on the BWC’s website.

Confluence first took off in 2018 and, spurred on by its success, the BWC decided to make it an annual event. This is just one of the initiatives by the volunteer group, which was established in 2011 by Robin Barratt – a popular author. It welcomes writers at all stages of their writing lives and aims to create an encouraging environment in which to nurture creativity, improve their craft and provide an opportunity to network with other writers. It has two sub-groups, The Second Circle – a poetry group – and the Creative Writers’ Workshop – which explores the craft of writing. A monthly virtual meeting on the business of writing and publishing takes place on the second Monday of every month. The BWC is now thought to the biggest group of international and local writers in Bahrain. ✤