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.

Education Programme:

Live Broadcast

30 April 2016
1:00—3:00 pm
Collections Building

Ongoing Exhibition:

The Time is Out of Joint

12 March–12 June 2016
Building GH and I, SAF Art Spaces

Rumba II, Nomad, 2015, video, 14 mins 16 secs, film still

Ongoing Exhibition:

Simone Fattal

12 March–12 June 2016
Building F, SAF Art Spaces

Sharjah Art Institute Programme

Sharjah Art Foundation will present a series of unique short courses at the Sharjah Art Institute, designed for a range of age groups, starting 2 May 2016.

Talk and Printmaking Workshop with Artist Thuraya Al Baqsami

Saturday 30 April 2016, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sharjah Art Institute
Sunday 1 May 2016, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Building G, SAF Art Spaces

Ongoing Exhibition:

Two Suns in a Sunset: Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

12 March–8 May 2016
Building J and P, SAF Art Spaces

Ongoing Exhibition:

Farideh Lashai

12 March– 14 May 2016
Bait Al Serkal

Ongoing 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—14 May 2016
The Flying Saucer
Dasman, Sharjah

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

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 fifty-seventh podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “Episode 157: Al-tariqa al-Qundargiyya (3)" 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.