BAIT 15 is an artist run studio and exhibition space grown out of a residential neighborhood in downtown Abu Dhabi. Founded in late 2017 by Afra Al Dhaheri, Hashel Al Lamki, and Maitha Abdalla, and later in 2020 joined by Zuhoor Al Sayegh. The members have interdisciplinary practices including painting, sculpture, textile and performance.


BAIT15 was conceived from a shared need for studio space and a mutual desire to establish an artist run exhibition space. By being independently managed and funded BAIT15’s mission is open and flexible and can continuously adapt to the emerging art scene of the UAE. It will be guided by the work made in our studios, the exhibitions we hold, and the artists, curators, and communities we engage with.


We are an open platform available to nurture discussion and critical discourse serving the artist community. 

BAIT15 has the potential to become a crossing point between production and exhibition. Continuing the tradition of artists organizing themselves in spaces and discourses of their own making.