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.

Save the Date: Sharjah Biennial 13

12 March–12 June, 2017

Save the date for Sharjah Biennial 13 Opening Week Programme taking place 10 to 14 March 2017. The Programme will include performances, film screenings and the annual March Meeting. For further information email Sharjah Biennial 13 is curated by Christine Tohme.

Photo: Tarek Moukaddem, 2015.

Upcoming Exhibition:

Vantage Point Sharjah 4

Opening: 30 July 2016, 6:30 pm
30 July–12 October 2016
Building GH, SAF Art Spaces

SAF Urban Garden Club:

Exursion: A Scavenger Hunt

30 July 2017
5:00–8:00 pm
SAF Urban Garden and Souk Al Jubail

Children Education Programme:


Sunday, 17 July – Thursday, 28 July
05:00 – 08:00 pm
Diba Al Hisn Art Center and Kalba Art Centre

Ongoing Exhibition:

Selections: Summer 2016

2 July 2016
Building F and J, SAF Art Spaces

Adult Education Programme:

Practical Colour Theory

Saturdays, 16 July – 13 August
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Collections building, Art area

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 fifty-seventh podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “Episode 157: Al-tariqa al-Qundargiyya (3)" is now available.

Image courtesy of AMAR Foundation