Opening:      December 16 · 2015 ⁄ 7 – 10.30am
Exhibition:  December 16 – January 16 · 2016
Ibrahim Ahmed / Eric Standley / Elana Herzog / Bruce Munro / Ben Johnson / Pete Moorhouse / Dev Harlan / David Reumüler / James Nizam / Rashad Alakbarov / Zarah Hussein / Zaman Jassim / Sara Choudhrey / Samantha Holmes / Sameh Al Tawil / Suzan Drummen / Soner Ozenc / Simeon Nelson / Shahida Ahmed / Shamma Salim Bin Saif / Amr Fekry / Fabrizio Corneli / Faiq Ahmad / Farid Rasulov / Chris Wood / Christopher Swift / Lulwah Al Hamoud / Lita Cabellut / Mohamed Shoukry / Musaed Al Hulis / Naser Salem / Yelena Filipchuk / Serge Beaulieu

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the eighteenth edition of Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival launches it’s activities on Wednesday 16th December, 2015 at Sharjah Art Museum and shall continue till January 16th, 2016. The festival features many different activities which embrace the various aspects of contemporary Islamic Arts. The festival hosts a group of remarkable and various artistic international experiences, where the halls of Sharjah Art Museum embraces 33 international art exhibitions. In addition to an art show held by two female artists at Al Majaz Water Front in Sharjah, there will be two exhibitions organized at the Calligraphy Square in Sharjah, one dealing with Kufic script and the other presenting various forms of traditional carpets and paper. Within the festival agenda, a parallel intellectual seminar will be held, attended by a group of speakers from several countries, who shall discuss urgent and current issues related to Islamic Art. The theme of the current festival’s edition identifies the concept of light in its different dimensions as a subject of visual research. Through this theme, the artistic vision of light is reflected by the artist who constantly experiences the physical world of light and its expressive manifestations. Their creative artworks are open to the imagination, and within contemporary atmospheres led by renewable, multiple modes of expression in a world where its visual, scientific and philosophical incidents, accelerate through the time.

Sharjah Art Museum
Cornniche Street,
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates




Lecture:      September 28 · 2015 ⁄ 12 – 1.15pm

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is pleased to announce a lecture by visual artist James Nizam on Monday, September 28th from 12 – 1.15 pm in CCS 227
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UBC Oakanagan Campus
Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies
CCS 227 / CCS Building
1148 Research Rd., Oakanagan


Exhibition:   August 21 – August 30 · 2015
Talks:     August 22 · 2015 / 10am – 5pm

For LUX 2015, Canadian artist James Nizam premieres a new project entitled Vessel. With this work, Nizam transforms the readymade structure of a shipping container into a darkened antechamber where inside he suspends the illusion of an illuminated sphere. Nizam positions the shipping container to stand vertically on end in the landscape, like a periscope, an astronomical observatory, or a lighthouse tower. Unlike the function of these architectures, that project an observed view outwards onto the landscape, Vessel projects an observed view back into itself. Viewers are invited to enter the architecture of the container, where from inside its interior nave, their gaze is guided up at the orb phenomenon floating within the container’s canopy. Vessel evokes a space of contemplation and illumination, by examining notions of procession and ascent, light and optics, perception and phenomenology.

Massey University
College of Creative Arts
Entrance C, Wallace Street
Wellington, 6021 New Zealand