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

5 March – 5 June

Curated by Eungie Joo, Sharjah Biennial 12 opened on 5 March and will be on view for three months, until 5 June 2015. The Biennial includes works by more than fifty artists and cultural practitioners from twenty-five countries, with over two thirds of the participants presenting new work and commissions. SB12 takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, crossing the emirate to sites in and around the city, as well as in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman.

Taro Shinoda, Karesansui, 2015, Site-specific installation with wooden platform, 3.6 x 17 x 9 m. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo by Deema Shahin

SB12 Film Screening

Champ of the Camp

28 March 2015
8:30 pm
SAF Art Spaces
Mirage City Cinema

Modernity and the Making of Identity in Sudan: Remembering the Sixties and Seventies

10 – 12 April 2015
Sharjah Institute of Theatrical Arts

Sharjah Art Foundation and the Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University, are organising the international conference Modernity and the Making of Identity in Sudan: Remembering the Sixties and Seventies.

Scene from a Procession, October 21,1964 Revolution (Ahmad Al Qurashi’s Funeral). The Ministry of Culture, Republic of Sudan

Sharjah Biennial 12

Official Opening

Sharjah Biennial 12 was officially opened on Thursday, 5 March, 2015 by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation in the presence of HH Shekih Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Urban Planning Council and HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.

Sharjah Biennial 12

Artist Awards Announced

Image courtesy of Sharjah Media Office

3D Arabic Lettering and Ornament


25 – 28 March 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily
Friday 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Arts Area, Collections Building

SB12 Education Programme

Education and Public Programmes for Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible offer a dynamic range of workshops, conversations and artist talks. Programmes include activities tailored to adults, children, schools and youth centres, and children and young adults with disabilities to encourage public engagement with the exhibition.

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.

SAF Urban Garden

Open to the public

SAF Art Spaces
Urban Garden

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 hundredth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “ Dawr “Gaddidī yā nafs hazzik” (1)" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation

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.