Sharjah Art Foundation

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مؤسسة الشارقة للفنون
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FounderHoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi
PurposeArt and cultural programming
HeadquartersSharjah, United Arab Emirates
Parent organization
Department of Culture and Information, Government of Sharjah.

The Sharjah Art Foundation (Arabic: مؤسسة الشارقة للفنون) is a contemporary art and cultural foundation based in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, founded in 2009 by Hoor Al Qasimi, daughter of Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of Sharjah, to support artists and artistic practice in the Sharjah communities, the UAE, and the region via different platforms that include Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, art residencies, production grants, commissions, art exhibitions, artistic research and publications.[1] The foundation include exhibitions featuring the work of Arab and international artists, performances, music, film screenings, artist talks, and educational for a range or audience from children to adults.[2] The Sharjah Art foundation strives to promote public learning and participating in art practices.[3]

Sharjah Biennial[edit]

Sharjah Biennial is an international art exhibition that takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, once every two years. The first International Sharjah Biennial took place in 1993 under the organization of Sharjah Department of Culture and Information and later transferred to Sharjah Art Foundation, for management and organization since its creation in 2009.[4] A Biennial Prize is awarded at the end of each exhibition by a jury of renowned art world figures.[5]

March Meeting[edit]

March Meeting is an annual gathering of international art practitioners and art institutions in the region. It is organized by Sharjah Art Foundation and was launched in 2008, to encourage regional art professionals to connect, partner and share ideas in the sphere of contemporary art.[6]


As well as constructing Rain Room, a permanent home for the experiential artwork by art collective Random International, Sharjah Art Foundation has reconstructed and made significant additions to The Flying Saucer, Sharjah as well as to the Al Jubail Vegetable Market, the 1970s era Khor Fakkan Cinema, which is being redeveloped as a music school and a pyramid-roofed kindergarten which is being made into a community centre.[7]


List of notable exhibitions organized by Sharjah Art Foundation:

Year Title Curator Artists
2009 Disorientation II: The Rise and Fall of Arab Cities Jack Persekian
2010 A Retrospective: Tarek Al Ghoussein Jack Persekian Tarek Al Ghoussein
2011 Drift Hoor Al Qasimi Bouchra Khalili,

Doug Henders,

Rika Noguchi.

2011 This Situation Tino Sehgal
2012 What should I do to live in your life? Lee Kit, João Vasco Paiva
2012 Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber Derek Ogbourne
2012 In Spite of it All Hoor Al Qasimi Rashid Masharawi, Marcel Odenbach, Melik Ohanian, Raeda Saadeh, Sharif Waked.
2012 Just Knocked Out: in collaboration with MoMa[8] Peter Eleey Lara Favaretto
2013 Chaos into Clarity: Re-Possessing a Funktioning Utopia Shannon Ayers Holden Xenobia Bailey, Hassan Hajjaj, Zak Ove.
2013 I Look To You And I See Nothing Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling Ryoji Ikeda, Anish Kapoor, Terence Koh, Teresa Margolles, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lawrence Weiner, Gino de Dominicis, Shezad Dawood and Sophie Calle.
2014 /seconds.[9] Peter Lewis Abdullah Al Saadi, Shezad Dawood, Leo Fitzmaurice, Margaret Harrison, Taraneh Hemami, Mohammed Kazem, Peter Kennard, Hassan Sharif, Sergei Sviatchenko, Jalal Toufic.
2018 Rain Room Hannes Koch, Florian Ortkrass

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sharjah Art Foundation brings together three distinctive new exhibitions | The National". Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  2. ^ "About Sharjah Art Foundation". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  3. ^ "Mission and History Sharjah Art Foundation". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  4. ^ Binder, Universes. "Sharjah Biennial". Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  5. ^ "Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates)". Biennial Foundation. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  6. ^ "Sharjah March Meeting this weekend | The National". Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  7. ^ "Sharjah's brutalist Flying Saucer turned into arts centre". Dezeen. 2020-09-28. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  8. ^ "Matar Canvas Review" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  9. ^ "Sharjah Art Foundation brings together three distinctive new exhibitions". Retrieved 2015-07-02.

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