“Al Ghaib, Aesthetics of the Disappearance,” 2011. Exhibition view at Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah. Photo: Abdul Hanan Mostafa
Consisting of more than 1,500 square meters of immaculate gallery space located in the heart of Sharjah, the newly revived Maraya Art Centre was officially launched in March 2010 as one of the UAE’s most spectacular venues for contemporary visual arts. Maraya plays an important role in the art scene of the whole region as its most vibrant, active, and multifunctional art space. The center’s purpose is to discover, nurture, and promote young artists from the Arab region—creating a bridge between local and international institutions and private galleries and organizations—and to be a platform for international exchange and educational programs.
The art space consists of three units: the Maraya Gallery, the Barjeel Art Foundation, and an educational community space named “The Shelter.”