Sharjah’s iconic Flying Saucer is now open to the public | Culture, Things To Do

The Flying Saucer has landed in Sharjah. Yes, that’s right – Sharjah’s famed architectural landmark is now open for all. Part of Sharjah’s collective cultural memory, the iconic structure was constructed in the mid-1970s and for the past two years has been undergoing a major restoration by Sharjah Art Foundation […]

The Flying Saucer has landed in Sharjah. Yes, that’s right – Sharjah’s famed architectural landmark is now open for all.

Part of Sharjah’s collective cultural memory, the iconic structure was constructed in the mid-1970s and for the past two years has been undergoing a major restoration by Sharjah Art Foundation to reflect its original architecture.

Drawing on the space-age influence of the ’60s and ’70s Western literature and pop culture, the unique building is an example of Brutalist architecture.

Boasting new exterior spaces, a café, a library, a sunken courtyard and activity spaces for community gatherings, The Flying Saucer, which was acquired by Sharjah Art Foundation in 2012, will now be used as an art and event space.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the site-specific multimedia installation: ‘Nowhere Less Now3 [flying saucer]’ by Lindsay Seers and Keith Sargent. The free-to-attend exhibition responds to the building’s architecture and will be on show until Saturday December 26, 2020.

The unique venue will also host a range of learning workshops suitable for children and families, as well as two throwback film screenings.

Focusing on photography, image-making, drawing and calligraphy, the workshops are designed for kids between the ages of six and 15 years old, plus mums and dads, too. The workshops are open to the public and completely free to attend – all you need to do is register in advance. You can view the full workshop schedule here.

Screenings of the popular sci-fi/fantasy ‘Metropolis’ (1927) and ‘Hook’ (1992) will also be projected onto the venue’s designated screening walls in the lower-level Launch Pad.

Movie lovers can enjoy the films while having a bite to eat at the picturesque Fen Café, which overlooks the stunning courtyard and library. More information about the film screenings can be found here. The screenings are free and open to all and film screening tickets can be booked here.

Those visiting the Flying Saucer can also enjoy access to the first public art library in Sharjah. The library’s collection includes Sharjah Art Foundation publications, artist books and catalogues as well as reference materials that target curious readers, researchers and art and history enthusiasts.

Guests can visit other exhibitions currently on view at Sharjah Art Foundation. The Foundation’s autumn 2020 programme features major exhibitions including Vantage Point Sharjah 8, Homebound: A Journey in Photography, Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11 and Zarina Bhimji: Black Pocket, which take place across Sharjah Art Foundation’s principle contemporary and heritage venues.

Visitors can also experience Rain Room Sharjah, an interactive permanent installation that allows visitors to walk through a downpour of rain without getting wet.

Want to check out Sharjah’s awesome Flying Saucer? Of course you do.

The Flying Saucer is free to visit but advance bookings are encouraged to ensure the comfort and safety of its visitors – click here to make your booking today.
www.sharjahart.org.

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