Islamic Art Festival – UAE

Pete’s work is selected to represent the UK in the prestigious Islamic Arts Festival.

Sharjah’s yearly Islamic Arts Festival, now in its 18th edition, reinforces the emirate’s status of Middle Eastern cultural centre. Elected UNESCO’s Islamic Cultural Capital of the Arab World 2014, Sharjah has become the liveliest and, according the The Art Newspaper, the ‘funkiest’ centre for contemporary art in the region.

The 18th Islamic Arts Festival will open in December and will run for a month. The event presents 46 exhibitions in various locations, showcasing over 700 works by more than 250 international artists.

The organisers, the Department of Culture and Information of the Government of Sharjah, said the festival and the artworks reflect global contemporary art trends and modern visual art movements.

The event also includes first-time exhibitions of emerging artists who have gone beyond classical trends in Islamic arts. The festival is held in the city of Sharjah and in the East and Central Regions, across various venues that hold exhibitions, workshops, concerts and seminars.

An exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum showcases works by invited artists from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Germany, Iraq, Egypt ,Turkey and the United Kingdom.

His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah will open the Sharjah Art museum venue where Pete Moorhouse’s work will be exhibited.