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.

Sharjah Biennial 12

Opening Programme Events
5 – 7 March

The SB12 Opening Programme features a range of events including performances and film screenings.

Nikhil Chopra, Use Like Water, performance

SB12 Monthly Talks

Creative Movement Workshop with Papy Ebotani

9 March 2015
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts

Papy Ebotani, photo by Ula Sickle

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.

March Meeting 2015

Open Call for correspondents

Deadline for submission:
4 March 2015

March Meeting 2014, SAF Art Spaces

3D Arabic Lettering and Ornament


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

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