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.

Ongoing Exhibition:

Light Show

19 September—12 December 2015
SAF Art Spaces

Ongoing Exhibition:

March Project 2015

31 October 2015—16 January 2016
Arts Area and Heritage Area

Production Programme 2016

Open Call for Submissions

16 November 2015—15 Januray 2016

Mario Rizzi, Al Intithar, 2012, film still

The Egyptian Surrealists in Global Perspective

26 — 28 November 2015
American University in Cairo (AUC)

Open Day

Education Programme

28 November 2015
Family Light Portrait and Portraying Nature
SAF Urban Garden

National Day

Education Programme

29 November 2015
Collections Building
Arts Area

SB13 Curator Announced

Christine Tohmé appointed Curator of Sharjah Biennial 13

Sharjah Art Foundation announces the selection of Christine Tohmé as the Curator of Sharjah Biennial 13, opening March 2017.

Photo: Tarek Moukaddem, 2015.

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 thirty-sixth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “The Iraqi maqam/maqam ‘iraqi (5)" 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.