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Situated on the Sharjah coast at Al Hamriyah, inaugurated by the Sharjah Art Foundation in February 2017, Al Hamriyah Studios expand and diversify SAF's programming beyond Sharjah’s urban centre. In close proximity to Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamriyah Studios also extends the Foundation’s outreach activities to different local communities in the northern Emirates.
In keeping with SAF’s other urban development projects, which have readapted historic architectural elements to new uses, Al Hamriyah Studios were constructed on the site of a former souq. Emirati architect Khaled Al Najjar of the award-winning local firm dxb.lab combined avant-garde and modern architectural technologies with regionally-inspired customs and traditions of the built environment.
The 2510.8 m2 community space enables artists to concentrate on the production of artworks while engaging with other artists. The hubs of social interaction are the 761.8 m2 courtyard, the large multi-purpose room and the pantry space with its large communal table. Landscaped with local trees and plants, the courtyard plays host to a range of SAF public events, including outdoor cinema screenings and performances. There are eight studios for rent in three different sizes in Al Hamriyah.
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Main institution for contemporary arts, organizer of the Biennial and other world class events.
March - June 2022. Curators: Okwui Enwezor, Hoor Al Qasimi. Theme: Thinking Historically in the Present, conceived by late Enwezor.