The March Project

Marcela Florido working
Bait Al Shamsi

During their two-week Sharjah residency, March Project participants immerse themselves in the life of the city, with visits to art and cultural institutions as well as explorations of the heritage areas and its bustling streets and markets. This experience supports the research and production of their work.

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Installation and Production Support

Holly Hendry's work in progress
SAF Art Spaces

The March Project participants work very closely with SAF’s extensive production team of designers, architects and engineers to realise their complex and dynamic projects.

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Seminars and Lectures

Ala Younis speaks to participants
The Collections Building

Each March Project participant is assigned a mentor who is both familiar with Sharjah and with realising site-specific works. Throughout the residency, participants are in touch with their mentors who offer support and guidance.

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Professional Support

Site Visit
SAF Art Spaces

The staff at Sharjah Art Foundation are accessible to the March Project participants offering informative insight into Sharjah during their site-visit.

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March Project is an educational residency programme for young artists that provides opportunities to research, realise and present site-specific works through a series of professional development courses, seminars, exhibitions, site visits and talks led by art practitioners over a five month period. Participants in this programme are chosen from the Gulf and abroad.

March Project 2017

Participants in the March Project 2017 exhibition were Al Anood Al Obaidly and Nasir Nasrallah from the United Arab Emirates, Mahmoud Safadi from Lebanon and Sofiane Zouggar from Algeria.

The works realised were the result of the artists’ experimentation with new aesthetic forms and their exploration of the relationship between people and notions of development as well as questions of production and consumerism.

March Project 2016

March Project 2016 exhibition featured site specific works developed by Noor Abed, Ammar Al Attar, Vikram Divecha, Reem Falaknaz and Bassem Yousri who were selected from various countries including Egypt, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates.

The works realised draw upon the history and social fabric of Sharjah, as well as the daily lives of its residents and their relationship to art, institutions, space and architecture.

March Project 2015

Participants in this programme include recent graduates from the following institutions; Slade School of Fine Art (UK), American University of Beirut (Lebanon), Malmö Art Academy (Sweden), The University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA), Higher Colleges of Technology (UAE) and Zayed University (UAE).

The eight participants completed their first site visit in early March, exploring sites in Sharjah and assisting Sharjah Art Foundation and SB12 artists with installation, leading up to the opening of Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible.

March Project 2014

Participants in this programme included recent graduates from the following institutions; Slade School of Fine Art (UK), MASS Alexandria (Egypt), Al Riwaq (Bahrain), Higher Colleges of Technology (UAE) and Zayed University (UAE).

Seven of the participants realised site-specific works after the educational residency period. The programme started with a selection of the participants, followed by a 10-day visit to Sharjah, which consisted of artist and curator talks, courses and site visits.
Each participant was assigned a mentor. The mentors were: Derek Ogbourne, Umer Butt and David Procuniar.

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