Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present

SB15 is now closed. Thank you for your support. Updates on the Biennial can be read here.

Timings and Calendar

Sharjah Biennial 15 takes place over 124 days, from 7 February to 11 June 2023.

Sharjah Biennial 15 venues:
Saturday to Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Biennial exhibition is free and open to the public.

Cities and Venues

The Biennial takes place in the city of Sharjah and across the Emirate in the municipalities of Al Hamriyah, Al Dhaid, Kalba and Khorfakkan. All sites that are part of the Biennial are located within a two-hour radius by car from the city of Sharjah.

Venues of the Biennial are composed of the Foundation’s permanent structures, those of its sister organisations and structures which are being repurposed and activated for artists’ works as part of the Biennial.

- Sharjah Art Museum
- Bait Obaid Al Shamsi
- Bait Al Serkal
- Bank Street Building
- Al Hisn
- Calligraphy Square
- Al Mureijah Square
- Old Al Jubail Vegetable Market
- Khalid Bin Mohammed School (The Africa Institute)
- The Flying Saucer

Al Hamriyah
- Al Hamriyah Studios
- Old Al Diwan Al Amiri

Al Dhaid
- Old Al Dhaid Clinic
- Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Palace and Farm
- Kalba Ice Factory
- Kalba Kindergarten

- Khorfakkan Art Centre

To download the full list of Biennial venues and their locations, please click here.
To find the artists exhibited in each venue, please click here.


The Foundation recommends a four- to five-day visit to see the artworks included in the Biennial.

To see the exhibited works in Sharjah city as well as in Al Hamriyah, which is a 30 or 40-minute drive from Sharjah city, approximately two to three days are needed. Al Dhaid is a 45-minute drive from Sharjah city centre. Khorfakkan and Kalba are both on the East Coast and about 30 minutes apart. It takes an hour and 30 minutes to reach the East Coast from Sharjah city centre.

Free shuttles depart from Al Mureijah Square in Sharjah at 2:00 pm every Sunday. (Bus 1: Al Hamriyah and Al Dhaid. Bus 2: Kalba and Khorfakkan.)

Bus 1 (Al Hamriyah and Al Dhaid)
02:00 pm | Departure to Al Hamriyah city
02:45 pm | Arrival to Al Hamriyah
02:45 pm – 03:15 pm | Tour in Al Hamriyah Studios
03:15 pm – 03:45 pm | Tour in Old Diwan Al Amiri
03:45 pm | Departure to Al Dhaid city
05:00 pm | Arrival to Al Dhaid
05:00 pm – 06:00 pm | Tour in Old Al Dhaid Clinic
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm | Tour in Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Palace and Farm
07:00 pm | Departure to Sharjah city
08:30 pm | Arrival back to Al Mureijah Square

Bus 2 (Kalba and Khorfakkan)
02:00 pm | Departure to Kalba city
04:00 pm | Arrival to Kalba
04:00 pm – 04:30 pm | Tour in Kalba Kindergarten
04:30 pm – 05:30 pm | Tour in Kalba Ice Factory
05:30 pm | Departure to Khorfakkan city
06:30 pm | Arrival to Khorfakkan
06:30 pm – 07:30 pm | Tour in Khorfakkan Art Center
07:30 pm | Departure to Sharjah city
09:00 pm | Arrival back to Al Mureijah Square (expect a 15 minute delay)