Sharjah Art Foundation has compiled a list of online resources, workshops and courses designed for those looking to learn new skills or enhance their knowledge. To be updated on a regular basis, this list includes local, regional and international reading materials, blogs, films, videos, exhibition tours, podcasts and other digital learning tools made available by reputable cultural organisations and institutions from around the world.

Online learning tools and resources for children, families, artists and art enthusiasts

Aflamuna Online

Aflamuna (our films) is an initiative launched by a group of arab filmmakers and film institutions, led by Beirut DC. During these hard times - and hopefully long after they’ve passed - bringing you some of the best, most thought-provoking and independently-minded works of contemporary Arab cinema to enjoy for free on this website for a limited time. A new issue will be released (at least) every 15 days.

Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) online resources

Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is a major cultural destination, recognised for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programmes. The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects, anchored by the famed Cone Collection of modern art, includes works by Matisse, Picasso, Pissarro and Courbet as well as a wide range of prints, drawings and photographs. Among the museum’s online resources are materials on American and African art and creative art projects and games.

The Barbican’s ‘Read, Watch and Listen’ online programme

The Barbican in London has a wide range of education resources, from essays to podcasts, on their website.

The British Museum online resources

The British Museum is unique in bringing together under one roof the cultures of the world, spanning continents and oceans. No other museum is responsible for collections of the same depth and breadth, beauty and significance. Its eight million objects allow us to explore the extraordinary diversity of human cultures, from small communities to vast empires, to discover the many forms and expressions human beings have given to every aspect of life and to realise how closely they are interconnected. The British Museum collections and special exhibitions span many historical periods, artistic practices and cultures.

The Broad from Home

While The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, may be temporarily closed, they remain committed to inspiring and fostering an appreciation of contemporary art. Through new digital initiatives, they will be offering ways to experience #TheBroadFromHome; to find inspiration through music, poetry and conversations (from a distance!); and to stay connected to one another.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) online programmes

The online programmes at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) offer flexibility and accessibility in your creative education, no matter your location in the world. CalArts’ Open Learning initiative delivers high-quality, accessible learning opportunities for learners of different ages and backgrounds, at whatever stage in their life or career. Through online platforms, CalArts currently offers several courses and certificates (called Specialisations or Programmes) in graphic design, game design, poetry, music technology and more.

Cinema Akil x Mubi online film screenings

Mubi is a distributor, producer and subscription-based streaming OTT service which offers online streaming of a curated selection of films. Cinema Akil has partnered with Mubi to offer a 90-day free movie streaming starting from April 2. Cinema Akil is the first arthouse cinema in the GCC, located in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue. Through its pop-up editions, it brings critically-acclaimed films from around to audiences across the UAE.


COLAB is the creative space to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of materials. While their Dubai Design District location may be closed, there is plenty of materials to explore online.


A new initiative by The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT -Abu Dhabi) means you can log on and see dynamic content from Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, Berklee Abu Dhabi, Cultural Foundation and Abu Dhabi Art.

Gasworks presents online film screenings

Throughout April and May 2020, Gasworks, a visual arts organisation in London, presents a series of online screenings of artist films commissioned for their exhibitions programme over the last few years. Featuring works by Monira Al Qadiri, Louis Henderson & Filipa César, and Maryam Jafri, the films will be available to stream on Gasworks’ website for one week. The screenings are accompanied by interviews with the artists, audio lectures and reviews.

Jameel Arts Centre online resources for children and adults

Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai has a virtual programme that is suitable for children and adults who are looking to stay inspired and creative. Jaddaf Aloud Online is a virtual programme designed to celebrate homegrown creative talent and provide opportunities for local audiences to engage and support through interactive, artist-led workshops for all ages; music performances, original compositions and short films; a local artisans' shopping directory; and a guided tour of diverse Dubai eateries that can deliver direct to your home

KW Institute of Contemporary Art online programme

KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is letting various voices speak through their online platforms on Facebook and Instagram as well as through their website, which will give you lively insight into their exhibitions and other projects.

Maryland Institute College of Art online resources

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has become the leader in the education of artists and designers by fostering a community of talented, creative individuals committed to redefining the boundaries of art and design and expanding their own vision and perspective through rigorous study. Their innovative curriculum, well-equipped campus and world-class faculty all have a single purpose: provide the education, experiences and resources needed to prepare the artists and designers who will lead in the 21st century. Online resources include a number of articles on artworks and artists.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) remote workshops

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation Launches ‘Remote Workshops’ for Arab Innovators in the UAE and abroad. The initiative is part of the Dubai International Programme for Writing. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) has announced that all workshops under the Dubai International Programme for Writing will be held remotely.
The initiative is part of the #InvestInKnowledge campaign, which seeks to promote the production and dissemination of knowledge remotely, encouraging the public to invest some of their time at home in acquiring knowledge through the Foundation’s digital channels.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) Digital Knowledge Hub

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) is providing books and publications for free for readers across the UAE via its ‘Digital Knowledge Hub’ platform – the largest Arabic content platform. The initiative is part of the ‘Invest in Knowledge’ campaign the Foundation recently launched, which seeks to encourage all members of the community to invest the time they are spending at home in expanding their knowledge. It allows users to read and download from a collection of more than 300,000 titles and 3.5 million digital items via MBRF’s official website.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) online courses

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is an institution that fuels creativity, ignites minds and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Their mission is to help you understand, enjoy and use the art of our time. Courses focus on fashion, abstract painting, photography, museum education and a number of other topics related to contemporary art.

Princeton University Art Museum’s online exhibitions

As one of the world’s greatest comprehensive museums in an academic setting, the Princeton University Art Museum seeks to bring the visual arts to the heart of the Princeton University experience for students, scholars and visitors of all kinds. By fostering critical thinking, visual literacy, dialogue, and empathy, the museum aspires to enrich human experience and strengthen citizenship. A current exhibition is titled LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography.

Ringling College of Art and Design online courses

For 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. Ringling is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the BFA degree in 11 disciplines and the BA in two. Their faculty is comprised of award-winning artists, designers, writers and scholars who are passionate about shaping the next generation of creative leaders through a hands-on studio model of teaching.

Serpentine Online

The Serpentine Gallery’s programme is made available online through a special series of broadcasts, podcasts and digital commissions as well as online exhibitions.

Sharjah World Book Capital (in partnership with audiobook platform Kitab Sawti online)

Free 3-month membership for 5000 people worldwide: Sharjah World Book Capital, SWBC, has partnered with audiobook platform Kitab Sawti, the Arabic language audiobook library, to offer a free 3-month membership to 5,000 people around the world. Using the code "Sharjahwbc", visitors will have unlimited access to a world-class audiobook service which contains more than 2,500 titles and has exclusive copyrights to 5,000 Arabic and translated versions of international bestsellers. The titles cover a wide range of topics and fields including economics, politics, literature, history, and technology.

Sharjah Libraries online

Enjoy electronic circulation and access all electronic sources in addition to Kanopy; an on-demand streaming video platform which allows access to over 30,000 Documentaries, Classic and Indie Films. On Desktop and other smart devices. In addition to LinkedIn Learning; an expert-led online video tutorials accessed anytime, anywhere. Available under smart membership benefits offered by Sharjah Public Libraries. The smart membership will be open to all for free for a period of three months, enjoy 6 million books and electronic knowledge resources, in more than 10 different languages.

Smithsonian Institution’s online programme

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, with 19 museums, including several art museums, and the National Zoo. Founded in 1846, the institution is shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge and sharing their resources with the world. Online exhibitions and research articles are available.

South Bank Centre’s online resources

Southbank Centre’s online resources include a regular culture fix of blogs, videos, podcasts and playlists on their website and social media channels.

Tate Modern’s online displays and educational content

Explore artworks, discover new artists, watch curator interviews and find online educational resources for children on the Tate Modern website.

Whitney Museum of American Art ‘From Home’ programme

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, has laid out some of the best ways to explore American art from the 20th century to today across their website and social media channels. Start with a journey through their online collection, revisit some of your favourite Whitney exhibitions and relax with an array of video and audio content that will bring you closer to the stories behind the art and artists that the Whitney holds dear.