Safha Art Book Fair

Safha is the inaugural artist book pop up at Cultural Foundation which will introduce a platform of artist books with a focus on UAE practitioners. It will feature a mix of 16 institutions and artists.

Safha will run parallel to the Abu Dhabi Book Fair from 26 to 29 May 2023. Entrance is free and open to all.

Friday 26 May 2023: 4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 27 May 2023: 2 pm – 8 pm
Sunday 28 May 2023: 2 pm – 8 pm
Monday 29 May 2023: 4 pm – 8 pm



• Art Jameel Shop
• Athbah
• Barjeel Art Foundation
• Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi
• Dima Abou Zannad
• Dukkan421
• Fatema Al Fardan
• Hassana Arif
• Jaffat El Aqlam x 7ijra . Waraqa . Miqas
• Khalid Mezaina
• Maitha al Omaira
• Sara Alkhayyal
• Sharjah Art Foundation
• SWALIF Collective
• Warga


Zine Making Workshop by 7ijra . Waraqa . Miqas
Friday 26 May – Monday 29 May | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A workshop for anyone who is curious about the world of zines. In this workshop, participants are encouraged to bring old magazines, photographs, journal entries and stickers to work with.
Paper Making Workshop by Warga
Saturday 27 May | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fee: 50 AED
Participants will learn how to make paper from various recycled materials, encouraging sustainability and learn how to make artistic papers with care for the environment.
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Colourful Leaps Colouring Books by 421
Saturday 27 May | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Age: 5+
The Colourful Leaps colouring books series aims to introduce young audiences to inspirational figures in the creative industry of the UAE. Each book features illustrations and extra fun facts and may include biographical references of their lives in relation to the UAE.

Writing Workshop: Chasing Suns by Maitha Al Omaira
Sunday 28 May | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Language: English
The workshop will explore the art of observational writing during sunset. Participants will step outside and take a meditative walk, allowing themselves to fully observe and connect with their surroundings. They will then dive into the process of developing ideas and themes that emerge from this observational experience. 

Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Art and Books
*Held at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Thursday 25 May | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This panel will introduce Safha Art Book Fair, and discuss the significance of art books. It will feature curator and writer Suheyla Takash, Barjeel Art Foundation, artist and poet Maitha Al Omaira and curator Lucas Morin, Art Jameel.

Round Table Discussion with Jameel Art Centre: 
Bookmaking for & by Artists
Sunday 28 May | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The discussion will highlight recent Art Jameel publications and will feature Art Jameel book designer Dina Al-Khatib, and artist, writer and editor Saira Ansari. Moderated by Lucas Morin, curator at Art Jameel.