Art aficionados are in for a treat if they are planning to visit Sharjah this year. With over 15 museums dedicated to nearly every type of art exhibition, there are no shortage of places for art aficionados in this emirate. As an art hub, one can find connoisseurs often spending their time visiting art gallery after art gallery, says a press statement. Settle down and scroll through your computer to book the first tickets to visit Sharjah for an experience of the most breath-taking examples of modern art, contemporary art, Arabic art, Arabic calligraphy and so much more, adds the press release.
Sharjah Art Museum
Sharjah Art Museum offers art lovers the opportunity to admire the art collections and temporary exhibitions hosted and organised by the museum. It hosts local and international exhibitions, cultural activities and artistic and educational workshops throughout the year.
The stunning museum allows visitors to view exhibitions along with permanent collections by renowned artists and to explore the history of the region through the fascinating masterpieces by local painters and Arab artists who have significantly enriched the Arab art scene.
Sharjah Calligraphy Museum
Located in the house of Hamad Al Midfa in the heart of Sharjah, the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum is the only museum in the Arab world devoted entirely to calligraphy. Here, one can discover the evolution of the Arabic calligraphy over time, and enjoy artworks with stunning calligraphic texts, letters and shapes.
Set around a light-filled, covered courtyard, the museum explores the history of calligraphy from early Kufic scripts to more fluid styles, and celebrates this timeless Islamic art form.
The artworks displayed here highlight the masterly talents of local and international artists and calligraphers. Paintings here have been meticulously created by the artists and have deep meanings and valuable historical backgrounds.
The workshop here also allows participation for visitors to develop their own calligraphy skills.
UAE Maraya Art Centre
Established in the year 2006, Maraya Art Centre is a non-profit creative organisation located in Sharjah, UAE Maraya Art Centre that offers innovative programmes through its multifaceted initiatives, and public outreach activities including workshops, lectures, talks and other art related events.
Originally launched as the Maraya Art Gallery, the organisation strives to support emerging artists and designers in a comprehensive way by providing opportunities for continual growth through research, exhibition and project development across its initiatives. These include- the Maraya Art Gallery, 1971 Design Space, Maraya Art Park, Maraya Residencies, Jedariya and Maraya Project Space.
The Centre also hosts a growing recourse library and video archive that is open to the public.
A unique modern art installation, the Rain Room offers an inspirational and magical experience for visitors. Created by the London and Berlin-based random International, the Rain Room is now permanently located in Sharjah.
The installation has been displayed at the world’s most famous museums, including MoMA in New York and Barbican in London.
This site-specific installation uses 2,500 litres of self-cleaning recycled water, which is controlled through a system of networked 3D tracking cameras. The work explores how humankind’s relationships to one another and to nature are increasingly mediated through intangible technologies.
The largest art event in the Arab world, Sharjah Biennial has gained a reputation for its genuinely thought-provoking art. For artists and art aficionados, its venue is one of the most important places to visit in Sharjah.
Organised by the Sharjah Art Foundation, this two-month event brings cutting-edge contemporary art to the emirate in a show that leads the region’s artistic conversation. The biennial aims to foster international dialogue through exhibitions and experimentation in all forms of art, including abstract art, pop art and Arabic art.
Since 1993, the Sharjah Biennial has been one of the most prominent Sharjah events for art in the region. It has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations, including on the historic Sharjah Corniche. It also hosts performances and films by artists from around the world, bringing international art to local artists while also sharing knowledge on art in Arab tradition.
As one of the emirate’s most important cultural events, the biennial also features exhibits in the heart of Sharjah, where parents and children can have an artistic family experience.