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.

Vantage Point Sharjah 3


Opening: 1 August 2015, 6:00 pm
1 August—5 September 2015
Building GH, SAF Art Spaces

Photo by Hessam Rahmanian, Rami and Rokni Haerizadeh, Night of Another Spring, 2012

Upcoming Exhibition:

Light Show

19 September—5 December 2015
SAF Art Spaces

David Batchelor, Magic Hour, 2004/2007. Installation view, Light Show Hayward Gallery, 2013. © David Batchelor 2015. Photo by Marcus J Leith.

The Egyptian Surrealists in Global Perspective

26 — 28 November 2015
American University in Cairo (AUC)

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 ninteenth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “Sheikh Sayyid al-Safti (1)" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation

SAF Urban Garden

SAF Urban Garden is a community outreach initiative that aims to encourage an ongoing collaboration between artists, architects, landscape architects and garden enthusiasts. Intended as a collective space, the garden aims to provide a social, learning and creative site for local communities. Nestled between the recently inaugurated buildings of the SAF Art Spaces, Bait Al Hamdan Bin Mousa, a trace of a former traditional Emirati home, built in the mid twentieth century, serves as the ideal location for SAF Urban Garden.

March Meeting 2012: Working with Artists and Audiences on Commissions and Residencies

This publication attempts to address the question of commissions and residencies through the documentation of selected panels and presentations from March Meeting 2012.