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The 15th edition of the Sharjah Biennial (SB15) returns in 2023 under the title “Thinking Historically in the Present”.

Sharjah Biennial is an internationally acclaimed art event focused on bringing a broad range of contemporary art, cultural programmes and producers to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE, the region and beyond.

For artists and art aficionados, visiting Sharjah Biennial is one of the most exciting activities to do in Sharjah. Organised by the Sharjah Art Foundation, the biennial aims to foster international dialogue through exhibitions and experimentation in all forms of art, as well as wide-ranging programmes in music, film, performances and learning. Since 1993, the Sharjah Biennial has been one of the most prominent events for art in the region. It has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations in sites across the emirate of Sharjah, bringing together international, regional and local artists.

This year marks the 15th edition and 30-year anniversary of Sharjah Biennial with the theme: Thinking Historically in the Present. Sharjah Biennial 15 features more than 300 artworks presented in contemporary galleries, historic buildings and unique venues located in 5 cities and towns across the emirate: Al Dhaid, Al Hamriyah, Kalba, Khorfakkan and the city of Sharjah. Free and open to the public, the Biennial runs through 11 June 2023.


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Sharjah Art Foundation exhibitions and events take place in a range of venues including the SAF Art Spaces, converted heritage buildings and public courtyards. All SAF events are free and open to the public. Please check the official website directly for more information.
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