This year's Sharjah Biennial is the perfect chance to experience dozens of new artworks that have never been seen before across three unique exhibitions – all just 30 minutes' drive from Dubai.
Sharjah Biennial, which has been running since 1993, is one of the top 10 biennials worldwide and is considered significant in the art world for the broad range of contemporary works that are put on show in the region.
This year's Biennial is taking place until Monday June 10, giving culture fans from across the country and further afield the chance to see programmes by three curators – Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons.
Featuring work from more than 80 global artists, the overarching theme is the 'echo chamber' – about how nowadays consumers often only encounter beliefs that coincide with their own, ultimately reinforcing their existing views and shutting out alternative ideas.
This year's programme seeks to put into conversation a series of provocations on how the shape, form and function of the echo chamber could be renegotiated.
At Sharjah Biennial 14, artists are given the opportunity to tell stories in different ways across three curated programmes.
Zoe Butt's Journey Beyond the Arrow seeks to illuminate the importance of exchange and diversity across the globe and throughout human history.
Meanwhile, Making New Time by Omar Kholeif shows how material culture can be reimagined through the lenses of artists whose political agency, activism and astute observations encourage us to extend the limits of our beliefs.
And Claire Tancons' Look For Me All Around You is composed of multiple scores drawn from the many scales of Sharjah.
Admission to the exhibitions is completely free, and there are guided tours to help explain the works on show.
The Sharjah Biennial also features a film programme, with interesting buys available in the Sharjah Art Foundation store.
Admission to the Sharjah Biennial is completely free, and there are free guided tours available upon request. It also features accompanying film and education programmes, which are free and open to the public.
The education programme offers workshops, courses, excursions and other activities to children and adults of all abilities and skill levels, while the film programme presents film screenings.
Stop by the Sharjah Art Foundation store for art publications and a variety of interesting gifts for purchase.
While you're there, check out the Rain Room, which lets people experience constant indoor rainfall – or enjoy a light refreshment or a unique dining experience at Fen Café & Restaurant, a foodie hotspot located near Sharjah Art Foundation’s gallery spaces.
This year's Biennial is an excellent chance to broaden your horizons and discover new perspectives.
Free. Until Monday June 10. For more information, go to sharjahart.org.