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Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Hala Elkoussy, On Red Nails, Palm Trees and Other Icons, Al Archief (Take 2), 2009. Mixed media. Installation view at Sharjah Biennial 2009, Sharjah. Photo: Alfredo Rubio. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programs to the communities of Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, and the region. Since 2009, the 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. In addition, our education and public programs 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.

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