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

Official Opening on 5 March

Sharjah Biennial 12 Opening Programme takes place from 5 - 7 March, featuring performances, film screenings and tours of the exhibition. Works by more than 50 artists from 25 countries will be on view for three months from 5 March to 5 June 2015

Various Sharjah Biennial 12 sites, Sharjah, UAE

3D Arabic Lettering and Ornament


Arts Area, Collections Building
25 March 2015 – 28 March 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily
Friday 2:00 - 8:00 pm

SB12 Monthly Talks

Creative Movement Workshop with Papy Ebotani

9 March 2015
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts

Papy Ebotani, photo by Ula Sickle

March Meeting 2015

Open Call for correspondents

Deadline for submission:
4 March 2015

March Meeting 2014, SAF Art Spaces

Rania Stephan’s new film premieres at Berlinale

Lebanese filmmaker Rania Stephan’s new film Memories of a Private Eye premiered at Berlinale on February 11, 2015.The film was commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation.

Rania Stephan, Memories of a Private Eye, 2015, film still. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation

SAF Urban Garden

Open to the public

SAF Art Spaces
Urban Garden

Urban Garden, Bait Al Hamdan Bin Mousa

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 104 episodes posted online over the course of 52 weeks. The ninety eighth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “The hijaz maqam" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation

Education Programme

Children’s Education Programme
Autumn 2014/Winter 2015
20 September 2014 – 21 February 2015
Sharjah Art Foundation’s education programme offers a variety of learning experiences featuring workshops, activities and events that help students build creativity and confidence. Taught by professional artists, SAF’s education initiative is designed in response to themes within its ongoing exhibition programme.

Programme for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities
Sharjah Art Foundation welcomes groups of all abilities. Workshops for individuals with physical, learning and developmental difficulties are devised to engage through practical and exhibition based activities.
This programme is designed for participants 7 to 18 years of age and runs weekdays Sunday to Thursday.

SAF Film Club

SAF Film Club is a new initiative designed for film enthusiasts and dedicated to film and filmmaking. Free and open to the public, SAF Film Club offers screenings, workshops, discussions and opportunities to get involved and contribute your ideas.

SAF Film Club is part of the Sharjah Art Foundation’s ongoing Film Programme that includes regularly scheduled film screenings in the Mirage City Cinema, the UAE’s only dedicated outdoor cinema space.