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.

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara

Opening reception

October 11, 2014
6:00 pm
Building F
SAF Art Spaces

The Martyr Raja’a Abu Amasheh , 1974

GCC: Achievements in Retrospective

Opening reception

October 11, 2014
6:00 pm
Building J and Bait Habibi Shalawani
SAF Art Spaces

Berlin Congratulant, 2013, glass, brass, metal, and zirconica diamond trophy on marble-veneered pedestal. Courtesy of Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin. Photo: Hans-Georg Gaul

The Illusionist by Sylvian Chomet

Film Screening

Saturday, 11 October 2014
8:30 pm
Building P, SAF Art Spaces

/seconds: Talk with Curator Peter Lewis and Exhibiting Artists

Panel Discussion

Sunday, 12 October 2014
7:00 pm
A4 Space, Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai

Peter Kennard, Haywain with Cruise Missiles, 1980, Tate Collection


Opening reception

October 11, 2014
6:00 pm
Building I
SAF Art Spaces

Mohammed Kazem, My Neighbours, 2006, C-print

Selection of works from SAF Collection on display in SAF Art Spaces


Summer 2014
Building F
SAF Art Spaces

Amina Menia, Enclosed, 2012, photographs, plans, video interview (colour, sound, 8 minutes 53 seconds), postcards, coin, banknote, stamp and documents

Vantage Point Sharjah 2

30 August - 3 December 2014
Building GH
SAF Art Spaces

Photo by Yazan Khalili

Filmmaking Course: How to Make Shorts

Sharjah Art Foundation's Film Club and Adult Education Programme provides aspiring writers and filmmakers the opportunity to create short films. This course offers participants a strong foundation in filmmaking through practical guidance. Each course consists of two components: a seminar which includes informal lectures and reading-based discussions that provide students with the theoretical principles of filmmaking; and hands-on workshops that introduce and develop skills and practical ideas.

Education Programme

Children’s Education Programme
Autumn 2014/Winter 2015
September 20, 2014 – February 21, 2015
Sharjah Art Foundation’s education programme offers a variety of learning experiences featuring workshops, activities and events that help students build creativity and confidence. Taught by professional artists, SAF’s education initiative is designed in response to themes within its ongoing exhibition programme.

Programme for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities
Sharjah Art Foundation welcomes groups of all abilities. Workshops for individuals with physical, learning and developmental difficulties are devised to engage through practical and exhibition based activities.
This programme is designed for participants 7 to 18 years of age and runs weekdays Sunday to Thursday.

SAF Film Club

SAF Film Club is a new initiative designed for film enthusiasts and dedicated to film and filmmaking. Free and open to the public, SAF Film Club offers screenings, workshops, discussions and opportunities to get involved and contribute your ideas.

SAF Film Club is part of the Sharjah Art Foundation’s ongoing Film Programme that includes regularly scheduled film screenings in the Mirage City Cinema, the UAE’s only dedicated outdoor cinema space.

SAF Urban Garden

Now Open

Urban Garden, Bait Al Hamdan Bin Mousa

Open Call: Studio space for UAE based artists

SAF invites UAE based artists to apply for studio space at the Collections Building in Sharjah Arts Area. Through an Open Call, three studio spaces will be granted to artists by selection, and seven other spaces will be available for rent.

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 104 episodes posted online over the course of 52 weeks. The seventy ninth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr "Dawud Husni (4)" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation