Exhibits from every fold of the creative spectrum will be on display from painting, sculpture, printing and photography to performance, installation, video and web art.
Artists from all over the world will enter exhibits and while creative excellence is the spur, the rewards are also tangible. Total prize money in excess of $US 50,000 is on offer, including a grand award of more than $US
8000 to the winner of the ?Sharjah Fine Art Creativity Prize?.
The Biennial is organized by the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and a lifelong supporter of the Arts.
The Biennial organizing committee extends official invitations to selected countries to take part in the prestigious event which was first held in
1993. These countries can, in turn, choose their representing artists up to three in each category and all countries are given equal display space.
As well as invitations to countries, individual artists will be invited to to take part in either solo exhibitions, workshops, special experimental projects or other aspects of the Biennial. The event will also feature a Biennial ?Honorary Award? an accolade which will be bestowed on four artists and one art critic from the Arab world.
All participating countries and individual artists are eligible to enter for the various awards which carry a total prize money of AED 205,000. And every Biennial participant is automatically entered for the top accolade the ?Sharjah Fine Art Creativity Prize? which carries prize money of 30,000 UAE dirhams.
First and second prizes of Dh20,000 and Dh15,000 respectively will also be awarded in each of five other categories Painting, Sculpture, Printing, Installation and Media. Artworks more than two years old and works previously entered into other international biennials are ineligible.
Applications to take part in the Sharjah International Art Biennial must be received by December 15, 2002 and should be sent to:
The General Co-ordinator, Sharjah International Art Biennial, Directorate of Arts - Sharjah Art Museum, P.O. Box 19989 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Tel: (00 971) 6 5688222 Fax (00 971) 6 5685959/5686229 E-mail: email@example.com