Nov 8, Thursday: 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Nov 9, Friday: 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Nov 10, Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) is launching the first edition of FOCAL POINT, an annual art book fair that will present, engage, circulate, sell and distribute varied printed matter and products by publishers from the region and across the world.

Running from 8 to 10 November 2018, FOCAL POINT will include an art book fair where invited publishers—both independent and mainstream—will present their content individually or within curated sections. The fair will be accompanied by three days of public programming, which will feature a series of talks, screenings, a book launch, a lecture-performance, art projects, an open studio, and themed educational workshops. In addition, a collaborative symposium It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia (FOCAL POINT Edition), developed by Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), will look towards the histories and present of publishing in the wider Asia region. This partnership with SAF marks Asia Art Archive’s first official collaboration in the UAE and GCC region.

As this year’s edition of FOCAL POINT focuses on independent and alternative publishing practices, the event will take place in the intimate setting of the heritage building Bait Obaid Al Shamsi in Sharjah’s Art Square. Originally built in 1845 as a residential house, its two levels and courtyard space were renovated in the late 1990’s and then again in 2017 to be used for artist studios and exhibition spaces. The location has often served as a venue for past Sharjah Biennials and SAF exhibitions.

This event is free and open to the public.


EDIT - Chimurenga, African Art Book Fair, Khoj, Vasl, Terremoto, and Sharjah Art Foundation

SAF/EDIT – Ashkal Alwan, Raking Leaves, Semiotexte, Half Letter Press, Book Works UK, OOMK, Kayfa Ta, SouthAsia.Art, 98editions/Makhzin, Vestoj, Mantiq of the Mantis, Rusted Radishes, Pages, Migrant Journal, Jabal Amman Publishers, MARG, 3030 Press Publishing, Bananafish, locale, Lars Mueller, Al-Adab, Banat Collective, Eman Al Eghfeli, Sarah AlFarhan and Zainab AlMashat, Khalid Mezaina, Warde, Amina MENIA, Tulip Hazbar, Hessa Al Ajmani, Mouza Al Hamrani, Ayman Zedani, Shefa Al Hammadi and Nasir Nasrallah and Areej Kaoud.

INDEPENDENT – Kulte Editions, Perimeter Books, Blaft Publications, Kaph Books, Triple Canopy, Saqi Books, Tara Books, Bon Art Book Fair and others.

UAE - Sharjah Museums, Emirates Fine Art Society, Tashkeel, Maraya Art Centre / 1971 – Design Space, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Warehouse 421, Art Jameel, Alserkal Avenue, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Grey Noise, Lawrie Shabibi, The Third Line and others.


Thursday, November 8, 8:00 pm:
Lecture-Performance by Fehras Publishing Practices

Friday, November 9, 6:00 pm:
Ibrahim El-Salahi: Prison Notebook – Presentation and Book Launch with Salah Hassan

Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am – 4:45pm:
SAF/AAA Symposium: It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in Asia (FOCAL POINT Edition)

Installation by Fehras Publishing Practices
Open Studio with Nasir Nasrallah


Friday, November 9
4:30 pm-6:30 pm: Sketch Artist Meetup
4:00 pm-7:00 pm: Workshop: Bookbinding

Saturday, November 10,
11:00 am-2:00 pm: Workshop: Printmaking Without a Press
10:00 – 12:00 pm: Children’s Workshop: How to Make a Personal Calendar
3:00 pm-6:00 pm: Workshop: Make a Zine

Further details regarding FOCAL POINT’s programming, the AAA Symposium, Education and Community workshops, and schedule will be announced soon.