The event also includes community workshops, musical events, among other activities
Over 120 publishers, magazines, artists, publishers, authors and creators from the United Arab Emirates and the MEASA region (Middle East Africa South Asia) will be showcased at the annual Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF ) Focal Point which takes place at Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Place des Arts, from December 9 to 11.
The region’s largest art book fair brings together print from the MEASA region, including artists’ books, academic volumes and journals, zines and other non-traditional and experimental publications from the region and the world whole.
The event will also feature a wide range of young designers, illustrators, zine makers, designers and product designers from the UAE, alongside established galleries and cultural organizations.
This year also marks the launch of Corniche 3, an SAF community publishing project that brings together comic and illustration artists based in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region.
The fair offers more than 500 titles from various cultural partners and collaborators, including art book fairs in Singapore and Tehran; independent, art-oriented and critical publishers from Lebanon, South Africa, Morocco, Pakistan and Palestine; as well as a selection of new magazines, zines, art and photography books, prints and other ephemera from the MEASA region.
The opening day includes a program of lectures and book launches at the iconic flying saucer. This event will bring together publishers, distributors, art professionals, knowledge producers, graphic designers, writers, journalists and publishers to learn more about these publications.
Additionally, the 2021 Focal Point Publishing Fellowship winners will be announced on opening day, and past winners will present their publication plans.
Programs for members of the public will run throughout the fair and community workshops, musical events and other activities will be organized for children.
Admission is free to all events as well as the fair, but advance reservation is required at sharjahart.org.