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.
Appointed Curator for the National Pavilion United Arab Emirates at the 2015 International Art Exhibition – La Venice Biennale di Venezia
The appointment of Sheikha Hoor as curator was announced on Monday by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, commissioners for the National Pavilion United Arab Emirates la Biennale di Venezia.
Seven artists have been selected by Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) to receive support for the realisation of new projects in 2014. The SAF Production Programme grantees are Marwa Arsanios, Elena Artemenko, Ali Cherri, Ahmad Ghossein, Jumana Manna, Zineb Sedira, and Raed Yassin.
13 March - 13 June 2014 Building P, Bait Al Aboudi, Bait Gholoum Ibrahim SAF Art Spaces
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 fifty sixth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “El-helu lama in‘ataf” (2)" is now available.
Sharjah Art Foundation announces the appointment of Eungie Joo as Curator of Sharjah Biennial 12 (SB12), opening in March 2015. Joo was Director of Art and Cultural Programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brasil, and previously served as Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
SAF Art School: Spring 2014 Children's Education Programme March 1 – May 31, 2014 Sharjah Art Foundation’s education programme offers children the opportunity to discover their artistic creativity while learning about art and culture. Through a variety of learning experiences featuring workshops, activities and events, SAF's multi-disciplinary approach helps students build art knowledge, creativity and confidence. Taught by professional artists, SAF’s education initiative is designed in response to themes within its ongoing exhibition programme.SAF Young Artist Programme: Spring/Summer 2014
Adult Education Programme March 29 – September 6, 2014 Sharjah Art Foundation offers a series of seminars, intensive workshops, and discussions with art professionals aimed at young artists who wish to deepen their practice and develop their professional and practical skills.
SAF invites UAE based artists to apply for studio space at the Collections Building in Sharjah Arts Area. Through an Open Call, three studio spaces will be granted to artists by selection, and seven other spaces will be available for rent.