About Bahia Shehab:

Bahia Shehab is an artist and author based in Cairo. She is a Professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has received several international awards including the BBC’s 100 Women’s list, a TED Senior Fellowship, a Prince Claus Award, and the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. She is the founding director of TypeLab@AUC. Her latest publications include You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution and the award-winning co-authored book A History of Arab Graphic Design


How many students will be in each class? There will be a maximum of 30 students. This course is taught exclusively online, via Zoom.

Do I need to be able to read and write Arabic? Knowledge of Arabic is a plus but not a pre-requisite

Can I book a place and pay later? No, your place on the course will only be confirmed on receipt of the course fee in full.

How can I sign up to a course? What methods of payment do you accept? Please book for courses on our website above or call the Arab British Centre to pay by card over the phone.

What is your refund policy? Our courses rely on meeting minimum numbers to run, and are often over-subscribed, so the sooner you let us know you’ve changed your mind the better. We can then open your place up to someone else. Our rules on refunds are:

  • 100% refund if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund if you let us know 8-13 days before the start date of the course
  • no refund if you let us know 1 week or less before the start of the course

What happens if you cancel the course? We will endeavour to ensure courses are not cancelled but if this does happen we will contact you as quickly as we can to let you know and to arrange a full refund.

Please contact us if you have any further questions on 020 78321310 or

Designing Dissent: Arab Creativity and Resistance

19 December '23

This course will be offered online via Zoom, every Monday over 12 weeks starting 5 February and ending on 22 April 2024, from 5:00-7:00pm UK time. All sessions will be recorded. Eligibility: The course is open to anyone interested in the history of Arab resistance with a background in any design field, political science, cultural […]

Stitching Circles at Leighton House

11 December '23

Back by popular demand! Join a free guided stitching circle for a chance to chat, learn, relax and connect with fellow stitchers in the tranquil surroundings of Leighton House. These circles are led by local creatives who took part in our collaborative project with Leighton House, Kheit.  The Tatreez Collective will join Sunday 21 January as […]

Gather For Gaza

20 October '23

The Arab British Centre, Arts Canteen and Shubbak Festival are joined by Zaytoun CIC and Saqi Books to invite you to Gather For Gaza. We have been watching with horror and broken hearts the events unfolding in Gaza. As organisations dedicated to platforming the arts, heritage and cultures of the Arab world and beyond, we […]

Kheit خيط – Rewriting History: An Afternoon of Play and Experimentation Exploring the History of Arabs in Britain

20 June '23

Discover the vibrant history of Arabs in Victorian Britain through an immersive workshop with Chahine Fellahi at the iconic Leighton House, where we’ll dive into archival materials and unleash our creativity in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. Our journey begins with a captivating house tour, setting the stage for an in-depth examination of fascinating source […]

Maqam Lego Experience with Maya Youssef

22 May '23

Maya is known as the world’s top mentor for musicians, qanunists, dancers and Arabic music lovers who want to master maqam & the art of taqsim. If you are looking to start learning maqam and taqsim, she can help you get to the next level without music theory. And the good news is that you […]

Qanun Summer Intensive with Maya Youssef

22 May '23

A 5-day in person qanun intensive for new and experienced qanun players who are ready to go to the next level. 31 July to 4 August 2023. Maya Youssef is known as the world’s top mentor for qanunists of all levels who want to learn qanun with an effective system, master maqam & perform taqasim. If […]

SAFAR Film Festival

22 May '23

The SAFAR Film Festival is the largest festival in the UK dedicated to cinema from the Arab world. In 2023 SAFAR will run from 29 June – 9 July with screenings in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Plymouth. Tickets will go on sale on 25 May, in the meantime stay up to date with the festival and […]

Kheit خيط – Introduction to Palestinian Embroidery for Young Adults

22 May '23

Participants will learn how to cross-stitch camels, a traditional motif in Palestinian embroidery, in this fun, calm and creative workshop.  Participants will also learn more about the significance of this special Palestinian tradition. The workshop is led by The Tatreez Collective, a group of artists united by a love of tatreez, the Arabic word for embroidery. All […]

KHEIT – Make Beaut and Mend, with Aya Haider

22 May '23

Parents and carers are invited to join artist Aya Haidar in this free, two hour drop-in session to Make Beaut and Mend sentimental textiles from either their child’s or their own childhoods. Do bring an item (or more than one!) that needs mending and embellishing, with guidance and support from Aya. Through stitch and embroidery, […]

KHEIT – Tatreez: Introduction to Palestinian Embroidery

22 May '23

Participants will learn how to cross-stitch a tree of life, a traditional motif in Palestinian embroidery, in this calm and creative workshop. Participants will also learn more about the history and significance of Palestinian embroidery. The workshop is led by The Tatreez Collective, a group of artists who share a love for tatreez, meaning embroidery […]