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Timings : 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Saturday - Thursday); 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Friday)

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : AED 10

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Overview

The Sharjah Art Foundation at Sharjah, UAE is one of the biggest platforms for contemporary artists all across the globe to showcase their artistic works in the exhibitions held here. The motto of Sharjah Art Foundation is to promote Arts and Literature so that citizens of UAE, as well as expats, participate in Arts and Literature programs.

The Sharjah Art Foundation was founded by Hoor Al Qasimi who was the daughter of Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi (current ruler of Sharjah) in 2009. The Art Foundation’s purpose was to support artist communities in Sharjah as well as other regions across the globe through multiple platforms. These platforms were Sharjah Bennial (an international Art Exhibition once every two years), the Annual March Meeting (an annual gathering of art practitioners), art residencies, production grants, commissions, art exhibitions, artistic research, and publications. The Foundation is laden rich with exquisite artworks, performances, music, film screenings and artist talks of Arab as well as international Artists. These artworks and educational materials are meant to fascinate audiences from all age groups.

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Events, Collections, Projects and Exhibitions at Sharjah Art Foundation

Being a hub of arts and artistic innovations, Sharjah Art Foundation is home to a vast number of international exhibitions. Let’s take a closer look at some of them.

Exhibitions

Sharjah Art Foundation takes pains to promote local as well as international artists by showcasing their works in the international exhibitions held here all year round.

 Some of these exhibitions are listed below:
  • Andrew Stahl: 1976-Today
  • Vantage Point Sharjah 7
  • Surface Tension
  • Lasting Impressions: Adam Henein
  • Air Arabia Curator In Residence: ‘32: The Rescore
  • Akram Zaatari: Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation
  • March Project 2019
  • Bani Abidi: Funland
  • Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Sunrise, Sunset
  • Marwan Rechmaoui: Slanted Square

Events

Sharjah Art Foundation hosts an array of events and activities all year round like film screenings, performances, music, artist talks as well as art education programs for children, adults, and families. It helps in promoting arts and literature among people. 

Some of the events held are:
  • Muhaqqaq Calligraphy – Beginning Level
  • Tawqi Calligraphy
  • Diwani Script for Professionals
  • Painting Techniques for Ceramics
  • Drawing Southern Iraqi Marshes
  • Sculptures Using Wires and Nets
  • Ceramics and Pottery for Adults
  • Sculpting for Adults
  • Making Ceramic Murals
  • Lecture: A Painting and an Artist
  • Relief Technique – Carving Letters
  • Children’s Open Day 18
  • Writing on Walls to Create an Antique Look
  • Making a Clay Citrus Juicer
  • Old Kufic Script
  • Shaping a Vase like a Fish

Projects

Sharjah Art Foundation has collaborated with numerous talented regional as well as international artists to work on several projects which are showcased in their exhibitions.

Some of them are mentioned below: 
  • At the Time of the Ebb (2019)
  • One emerging from a point of view (2019)
  • Even the Stars Look Lonesome (2019)
  • The Gulf Project Camp (2019)
  • Any Way the Wind Blows (2018–2019)
  • The Trans-National (2019)
  • Land of Zanj (2019)
  • Imperfect Isometry (2019)
  • Carlos Martiel: Various Works (2019)
  • Pataki 1921 (2019)
  • Massive Kinship (solitary promenade)(2019)
  • Untitled (inwardness, juice, natures)(2019)
  • Eisa Jocson: Various Works (2019)
  • Sympoiesis Observatory (2019)
  • Perruques Architectures Émirats Arabes Unis (2019)
  • ‘No prey, no pay’ (2018–2019)

Collections

Sharjah Art Foundation is keenly interested in collecting jewels of art pieces from exhibitions, foundation projects, etc. Most of these collections are a work of their regional artists. 

Some of these collections are mentioned below:
  • La Vigie
  • Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue
  • I LOVE EGYPT
  • Into the Future
  • Männergeschichten
  • Guide to Al Khan, an empty city of Sharjah
  • The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni
  • Gravida’s Fourth Wall
  • Gravity and Others
  • Shahrazad
  • Building
  • Tunnel
  • Sharjah Ceilings
  • White Dream

Tickets and Packages Information

Sharjah Art Foundation organizes numerous exhibitions, events, programs in fields such as Arts, film-making, live performances in music and dance, calligraphy competitions, etc. Though a general visit to the Sharjah Art Foundation won’t cost you a penny. But if you want to attend exhibitions, events or other competition, then there are some charges included. They are listed below.

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Rain Room at Sharjah Art Foudation
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Where you can experience picturesque scenes accompanied by heavy rainfall.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue. Also, a maximum of six people can be inside at a time with a maximum visit duration of 15 min.
  • Adult: 25 AED
  • Student: 15AED
  • Teacher:15AED
  • Children below 5 years and a person with disabilities are not charged

Sharjah Film Platform

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Supporting various film-makers from all across the world by helping them with their film production and providing a stage for their film launch. You can book your tickets online or at the venue itself to book tickets for these fantastic films by these talented film-makers.

Food and Beverages

After dwelling so long for exotic art and craft-works, you might be craving for some food. No worries! Below we have listed the top 10 restaurants to eat food while visiting the Sharjah Art Foundation.

1.  Karachi Darbar Restaurant

Location: Al Shuwaiheen Corniche St, 0.2 KM from Sharjah Art Foundation
USP: Good food available at an affordable price.
Cost for 2: AED 70

2.  City Corner Restaurant & Cafeteria

Location: Al Shuwaiheen Corniche St, 0.2 km from Sharjah Art Foundation
USP: Fresh and Tasty Seafood dishes are available here
Cost for 2: AED 80

3.  Majlis Lahore Restaurant

Location: Al Shuwaiheen Corniche St, 0.2 km from Sharjah Art Foundation
USP: Delicious breakfast as well as lunch alternatives
Cost for 2: AED 50

4.  Al Safeer Restaurant

Location: Al Shuwaiheen Corniche St, 0.2 km from Sharjah Art Foundation
USP: Deliciously cooked Arabic as well as continental dishes
Cost for 2: AED 70

5.  Lalit Vegetarian Restaurant

Location: Al Shuwaiheen Corniche St, 0.2 km from Sharjah Art Foundation
USP: Simple yet exquisite vegetarian cuisine with the Simple Hot Veggie as a must-try.
Cost for 2: AED 30

6.  Al Saroud Alturathi

Location: Al Mareija St Corner of Corniche St & Hisn Ave, 0.4 km from Sharjah Art Foundation
USP: Grilled seafood and Arabic dishes are a must-try.
Cost for 2: AED 60

7. The Restaurant at Al Bait Sharjah

Location: Heart of Sharjah, Al Mareija Next to The Spa, 0.4 km from Sharjah Art Foundation
USP: A wide array of Indian, Asian, Contemporary, Middle Eastern and Arabic cuisines are available.
Cost for 2: AED 120

Other things to do at Sharjah Art Foundation

Besides gazing at the breath-taking artistic works at Sharjah Art Foundation, there is a lot more to get yourself involved at. 

Here are a few of those things:
  • Participate at the calligraphy or pottery or other competitions that are held at this museum and who knows you may even get the first prize.
  • Enjoy the film-screening event where young film-makers gather on stage to showcase their first project.
  • Explore the Sharjah Art Foundation through their Residence Program, where artists, as well as visitors, get to know more about the history of this huge initiative.
  • Take part in engaging workshops and events to promote arts and literature.
  • Take a self-guided intuitive group tour of the Art Foundation
  • Visit the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Garden, which is designed as a collective space for social learning and creative site for local communities.
  • Attend the Vantage Point Sharjah Exhibition, where participants are invited to capture
  • Sharjah’s everyday life and culture through Photography.

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