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.

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

5 March – 5 June

Less than 3 weeks left to visit Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible. Artists from over twenty-five countries present their ideas of the possible through their work and over two-thirds of participating artists presented new works and commissions. SB12 works are exhibited in a range of venues around Sharjah as well as the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman.

Weekend Bus Tours to Kalba Ice Factory Installation Planetarium

Every Saturday
Departure at 11:00 am
SAF Art Spaces
Return at 4:00 pm
Kalba Ice Factory

A formerly abandoned ice factory located on the East Coast of the Emirate of Sharjah, Kalba Ice Factory is now a Sharjah Biennial venue for Planetarium (2015), a major installation work by artist Adrián Villar Rojas.

Adrián Villar Rojas, Planetarium, 2015, commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo by Jamal Shanavas

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 twelveth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “Music in Yemen (1)" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation

SAF Urban Garden

SAF Urban Garden is a community outreach initiative that aims to encourage an ongoing collaboration between artists, architects, landscape architects and garden enthusiasts. Intended as a collective space, the garden aims to provide a social, learning and creative site for local communities. Nestled between the recently inaugurated buildings of the SAF Art Spaces, Bait Al Hamdan Bin Mousa, a trace of a former traditional Emirati home, built in the mid twentieth century, serves as the ideal location for SAF Urban Garden.