SAF Online

Discover a wide variety of cultural and creative programmes with SAF Online. From film screenings to livestreamed workshops, virtual tours and audio experiences, SAF Online brings our community closer through a new range of digital programming. SAF Online offers film enthusiasts livestreaming access to award-winning narrative, documentary and experimental films, many commissioned by the Foundation. Those interested in developing their artistic skills can access do-it-yourself (DIY) videos and a range of creative learning resources suitable for children and adults at all levels of ability. Audiophiles can enjoy music-related content and uniquely designed listening experiences, while artists and audiences can find in-depth content related to the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection and past, current and upcoming exhibitions. Get ready to read, watch, listen and learn through SAF Online.

SAF Online: Reading

Browse a selection of online reading materials and SAF publications made available by our publications team. Here you will find resources about contemporary art, artist books, exhibition catalogues and a range of educational and research-based texts.

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SAF Online: Film

Enjoy a programme of award-winning independent films and cinema classics. The Sharjah Art Foundation Film Programme screens films in a variety of genres for audiences of all ages. The films can be streamed on any digital device.

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SAF Online: Learning

Get ready to create, imagine and learn with our online learning programmes. Designed by our innovative learning team, the programmes offer livestreamed workshops, do-it-yourself videos and other creative resources.

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SAF Online: Talks

Access a video library of talks by renowned artists, curators and art practitioners. Available for streaming at any time, these talks, which were presented at Sharjah Art Foundation events such as the annual March Meeting, explore vital issues in contemporary art.

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SAF Online: Listening

Explore podcasts, audio content and listening experiences that focus on topics related to contemporary art, music, film and much more.

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Film Programme

Reflecting the growing importance of film in the Foundation's work, the SAF Film Programme offers regular screenings in Mirage City Cinema, Sharjah's only dedicated outdoor cinema, a Film Club, educational programmes for film enthusiasts, as well as support for filmic work by visual artists.

Sharjah Film Platform

An annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform foregrounds recent cinematic achievements by international filmmakers and artists, noteworthy classics from around the region as well as experimental films that challenge the idea of what film practice is today.

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Film Screenings and Events

UAE audiences can enjoy a wide range of films and film genres featured in the regularly scheduled screenings that take place in SAF's Mirage City Cinema.

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Productions and Partnerships

Since Sharjah Biennial 6 in 2003, Sharjah Art Foundation has supported the production of film and video work by visual artists and filmmakers.

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Film Club

Dedicated to film and filmmaking, the SAF Film Club is designed for filmmakers and offers opportunities to get involved in the local film community.

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Artist and Professional Programmes

Sharjah Art Foundation is committed to support the work of artists and art practitioners through its Artist and Professional Programmes that include the Production Programme Grants, Residencies, professional training programmes, studio space and internship opportunities.

SAF Studios

Sharjah Art Foundation invites UAE-based artists to apply for studio space in Sharjah Arts Square and Al Hamriyah.

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Production Programme

The Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA region.

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Residency Programme

The Sharjah Art Foundation Residency Programme offers artists and art practitioners a place of rest, reflection and exploration of the Emirates and the region at large.

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March Project

March Project is an educational residency programme for young artists that provides opportunities to research, realise and present site-specific works.

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Community Programmes

Sharjah Art Foundation works together with the local community on a growing range of initiatives that include the Urban Garden and Vantage Point Sharjah.


This project reflects, celebrates and documents the narratives of the area surrounding SAF.

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Workshops and Events

SAF offers engaging community workshops and activities that emphasise public participation, urban research and sustainability.

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Group Visits

SAF welcomes groups and visitors for self-guided and organised tours and activities.

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SAF Urban Garden

Designed as a collective space, the garden is a social, learning and creative site for local communities.

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Vantage Point Sharjah

An Open Call exhibition, participants are invited to capture Sharjah’s everyday life and culture through photography.

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Music and Performance Programme

Sharjah Art Foundation’s Music and Performance Programme offers concerts, performances, educational opportunities and support for music and performance projects. The programme is the continuation of nearly a decade of the foundation’s work with a wide range of artists including composers, musicians, choreographers and stage directors.

Concerts and Performances

Sharjah Art Foundation organises concerts and performances by a wide range of artists. Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for both new talent and established artists to perform and connect.

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Residencies and Productions

Since 2009, Sharjah Art Foundation has supported artists on a number of music and performance projects through production support and grants, residencies at the foundation and Sharjah Biennial commissions.

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Workshops and Events

The foundation offers educational and community engagement opportunities including workshops, courses, listening sessions and other events for artists and visitors to exchange and for community members to cultivate an interest in music and performance.

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Web radio

Speaking of Art

Speaking of Art, the official podcast of Sharjah Art Foundation, brings together a diverse range of perspectives on contemporary art from Asia, Africa and around the world.

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Web Radio: Rawdat Al Balabel

In collaboration with AMAR Foundation (Arab Music Archiving and Research), Sharjah Art Foundation presents Rawdat al-Balabel: a series of podcasts about classical Arabic music.

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