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.

SB12 Monthly Talks

Curator Eungie Joo in conversation with SB12 artists

January 24, 2015
6:00 pm
Mirage City Cinema
SAF Art Spaces

Encounter with a Lost Land

by Maryse Gargour

January 24, 2015
Mirage City Cinema
SAF Art Spaces

Filmmaking Course: How to Make Shorts

Sharjah Art Foundation's Film Club and Adult Education Programme provides aspiring writers and filmmakers the opportunity to create short films. This course offers participants a strong foundation in filmmaking through practical guidance. Each course consists of two components: a seminar which includes informal lectures and reading-based discussions that provide students with the theoretical principles of filmmaking; and hands-on workshops that introduce and develop skills and practical ideas.

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

Participating Artists

Curated by Eungie Joo
March 5 - June 5, 2015
SAF Art Spaces and additional venues

Various Sharjah Biennial 12 sites, Sharjah, UAE

SAF Urban Garden

Open to the public

Urban Garden
SAF Art Spaces

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 second podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “Ana fu’adi yom ‘ishi’ ”" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation

Education Programme

Children’s Education Programme
Autumn 2014/Winter 2015
September 20, 2014 – February 21, 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.