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:

do it بالعربي

23 January - 23 April 2016
Bait Al Shamsi, Arts Area

Join in, take part and collaborate as individuals, families, friends – as a community, together in do it بالعربي [in Arabic] – a new project organised by Sharjah Art Foundation. More than 60 artists from across the region have written instructions that anyone can use to make a new work of art.


by Naji Abu Nawar

20 February 2016
8:30 pm
Mirage City Cinema
SAF Art Spaces
Heritage Area

Naji Abu Nawar, Theeb, 2014, film still

Upcoming Exhibition:

1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates

As presented by the National Pavilion UAE la Biennale di Venezia at the 56th International Art Exhibition 2015, commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.
13 February 2016
6:00 pm
The Flying Saucer
Dasman, Sharjah

Emirates Fine Arts Society Exhibition, 1981. Image courtesy of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.

Ongoing Exhibition:

Selections: Winter 2016

3 January 2016—15 February 2016
SAF Art Spaces
Arts Area, Al Shuweiheen

March Meeting 2016: Education, Engagement and Participation

12–13 March 2016
March Meeting 2016 (MM 2016) will consider how institutions, initiatives, curators and artists have increasingly prioritised their relationships with audiences and communities through current thinking around ideas of education, engagement and participation.
Now in its 9th edition, March Meeting takes place March 12–13 during a programme of events and exhibition openings from March 11–15.
To register please contact

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 forty-eighth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “Episode 148: Al-tariqa al-Zaydaniyya (1)" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation

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.