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.
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.
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 ninety eighth podcast of Rawdat al-Balabel Dawr “The hijaz maqam" is now available.
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.