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About me

Safira Ali is a visual artist, calligrapher and educator based near Leicester in the Midlands, UK.

She practises traditional forms of art including Islamic Geometry and Islamic Illumination/ Tezhip.

Her art style focuses on historical Islamic geometry in architecture and manuscripts while exploring colours in the natural world.


She also works as a freelance calligrapher and engraver, specialising in Arabic, modern calligraphy and brush calligraphy. You can find her providing calligraphy or engraving services for brands in store, such as Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain and Selfridges.


Read more about my art practice and workshops on Islamic Geometry drawing and painting below:


Read more about my calligraphy, engravings and live brand activation services:

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Clients & collaborations

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2021 MayLife in the National Forest – for Ashby Arts Festival Giant Outdoor Gallery

2022 MarchIn Praise – curated by Shazia OsmanRead more here

2022 MayOne:Twelve Gallery, Birmingham


2024 JanuaryIslamic Manuscript Illumination – Deen Arts Foundation – see more online

Featured articles

BBC News - Leicester exhibition celebrates Muslim female art


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Milton Keynes Art in the Park - May 2023

Art in the Park Coronation special - an event with music, visual art, creative workshops, a parade reflecting the diverse communities of Milton Keynes. One of the official coronation events of Milton Keynes. Safira provided art and geometry workshops for children at the event

Imran Khan Cancer Appeal – October-November 2023

Six-weeks of Islamic geometry classes taught online by Safira Ali with Imran Khan Cancer Appeal to raise funds to provide cancer treatment to patients at Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

The online classes will return October-November 2024.

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