Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible

5 March – 5 June

Curated by Eungie Joo, Sharjah Biennial 12 opened on 5 March and will be on view for three months, until 5 June 2015. The Biennial includes works by more than fifty artists and cultural practitioners from twenty-five countries, with over two thirds of the participants presenting new work and commissions. SB12 takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, crossing the emirate to sites in and around the city, as well as in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman.

Exploring Spaces


25 April 2015
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Collections Building
Arts Area
Al Shuweiheen

Nikhil Chopra, Use Like Water, 2015. Performance and mixed-media installation. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo by Alfredo Rubio

March Meeting 2015

11-15 May

March Meeting 2015 continues a conversation that began last year with March Meeting 2014: Come Together and this year's Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible. March Meeting 2015 will include panel discussions, keynote addresses, talks and screenings. For further information and to register please email

Rene Gabri, Abdullah Al Saadi, Tarek Atoui, Ayreen Anastas, Eungie Joo (moderator), CAMP, Sustained Engagements

Botanical Illustration and Field Drawing of SAF Urban Garden


6 - 7 May 2015
4:00 – 7:00 pm
SAF Urban Garden

SB12 Film Programme:

End of Season

25 April
8:30 pm
SAF Art Spaces
Mirage City Cinema

Sharjah Biennial 12

Official Opening

Sharjah Biennial 12 was officially opened on Thursday, 5 March, 2015 by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation in the presence of HE Shekih Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Urban Planning Council and HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.

Sharjah Biennial 12

Artist Awards Announced

Image courtesy of Sharjah Media Office

Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Since 2009 SAF has built on the history of cultural collaboration and exchange that began with the first Sharjah Biennial in 1993. Working with local and international partners, we create opportunities for artists and artistic production through our core initiatives that include the Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, residencies, production grants, commissions, exhibitions, research, publications and a growing collection. Our education and public programmes focus on building recognition of the central role art can play in the life of a community by promoting public learning and a participatory approach to art. Sharjah Art Foundation is funded by the Department of Culture and Information, Government of Sharjah.

Rawdat al-Balabel

In collaboration with AMAR Foundation (Arab Music Archiving & Research), Sharjah Art Foundation presents Rawdat al-Balabel: a series of podcasts about classical Arabic music that consists of episodes posted online every week over the course of the year. The hundred and sixth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “Ibrahim Sahlun" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation