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80 artists take part in Sharjah Biennial

SHARJAH, March 10, 2019

Over 80 established and emerging artists from around the globe, including over 60 new commissions, are taking part in the 14th edition of Sharjah Biennial (SB14), currently under way in Sharjah, UAE.
 
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, SB14 commenced on Thursday (March 7) at the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) Art Spaces in Al Mureijah. It will run till June 10.
 
SB14, held this year under the title ‘Leaving the Echo Chamber’, features three distinct exhibitions -- Zoe Butt’s Journey Beyond The Arrow; Omar Kholeif’s Making New Time and Claire Tancons’ Look for Me All Around You.
 
Art works are displayed in various locations across the emirate of Sharjah -- the Mureijah Square and the Arts Square, as well as in SAF’s studios in Al Hamriyah, in the East Coast city of Kalba and other spaces in Umm Al Quwain. 
 
The Sharjah Art Foundation is also organising the 12th edition of the March Meeting 2019, from March 9 to 11 at the Sharjah Institute of Theatrical Arts in Al Mureijah, which will include panel discussions, performances, films and artistic productions, in line with the themes of the three exhibitions at SB14. 
 
SB14 will also feature independent film screenings for film lovers in the UAE; as well as educational programs, aligned with this year’s theme ‘Leaving the Echo Chamber’.
 
Programmes intended for adults and children include workshops on photography, drawing, writing and theatrical performance. Other workshops for ‘People of determination’ provide a variety of topics on photography skills, puppetry, drawing, musical instruments and Islamic art; while the schools and youth centers’ program offers a set of workshops and field trips on topics such as abstract art, architecture and storytelling.
 
The Sharjah Biennial is the most important cultural event in the Arab world and, since its inception in 1993, has been instrumental in supporting the arts landscape in the UAE and the region.
 



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