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.
26 October 2013- 14 January 2014 Building F, SAF Art Spaces
This year’s open call seeks active correspondents for the March Meeting. Sharjah Art Foundation will support 5 – 8 artists, writers, and curators with research goals and interest in the region to attend all days of the March Meeting as a correspondent, each grantee will in turn be expected to contribute an essay, blog post, diaristic record, or alternative response to MM 2014.
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 thirty-eith podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel "Dawr "Inta farid el-husn"" is now available.
Children's Education Programme 28 September - 5 December 2013 Sharjah Art Foundation’s education programme offers children the opportunity to discover their artistic creativity while learning about art and culture. Taught by artists, the programme is designed for children 5-15 years of age.
SAF Young Artist Programme 28 September 2013 - 25 January 2014 Sharjah Art Foundation continues its adult programme in autumn 2013. The series of seminars, intensive workshops, discussions and networking opportunities with art professionals are aimed at young artist who wish to deepen their practice and develop their professional and practical skills.
Contemporary Art Appreciation Programme (CAAP) 28 October 2013 - 25 February 2014 ThIs programme includes a dynamic range of workshops and events for art enthusiasts who wish to explore and develop their knowledge of contemporary art.
Sharjah Art Foundation announces the appointment of Eungie Joo as Curator of Sharjah Biennial 12 (SB12), opening in March 2015. Joo is Director of Art and Cultural Programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brasil, and previously served as Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
SAF partners with Dubai International Film Festival and Art Dubai on Moving Images -- an initiative that explores the shared space between art and cinema.