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.

Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible

Participating Artists

Curated by Eungie Joo
March 5 - June 5, 2015
SAF Art Spaces and additional venues

Various Sharjah Biennial 12 sites, Sharjah, UAE

Last chance to see

Vantage Point Sharjah 2

August 30 - December 3, 2014
Building GH
SAF Art Spaces

Photo by Yazan Khalili

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Exhibition

October 11 - December 10, 2014
Building I
SAF Art Spaces

Mohammed Kazem, My Neighbours, 2006, C-print

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara

Exhibition

October 11, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Building F
SAF Art Spaces

The Martyr Raja’a Abu Amasheh , 1974

National Day at SAF

Saturday, November 29th
10am-5pm
SAF Art Spaces, Building P

GCC: Achievements in Retrospective

Exhibition

October 11 - December 10, 2014
Building J and Bait Habib 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

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.

SAF Urban Garden

Now Open

Urban Garden, Bait Al Hamdan Bin Mousa

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 eighty seventh podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr "‘Abd al-Hayy Hilmi (2)" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation

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.

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.