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SARA SHAMMA  CURICULUM VITAE

 

Sara Shamma Born 1975 in Damascus, Syria. Lives and works in London

 

Education

 

1998

Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts (Painting Department), Damascus University, Damascus, Syria.

 

1995

Graduated from Adham Ismaiil Fine Arts Institute, Damascus, Syria.

 

Other activities

 

2006

Member of The Jury of The Annual Exhibition for Syrian Artists held by the Ministry of Culture, Damascus, Syria.

 

2004

Member of The Jury of graduation show, ESMOD Fashion Institute, Damascus, Syria.

 

1997-2000

Taught in Adham Ismaiil Fine Arts Institute, Damascus, Syria.

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2017

“London” Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai, UAE

 

2015

“World Civil War Portraits” curated by Sacha Craddock at The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

 

2014

“Diaspora” Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

 

2013

“Q” Royal College of Art, London, UK.

 

2011

“Birth” Art House, Damascus, Syria.

 

2009

“The Sema Ceremony from Turkey with Sara Shamma’s Dervishes” event organized by the Turkish Embassy in Damascus and Art House, Art House, Damascus, Syria.

“Love 2009” 360 MALL, Kuwait.

 

2008

“Sara Shamma 2008” 'Finishing Touch', Knowledge Village, Dubai, U.A.E.

“Sara 1978” Art House, Damascus, Syria.

 

2007

“Music 2007” Cornish Club Event Gallery, Kuwait.  

“Sara Shamma 2007” Art House, Damascus, Syria.

 

2004

“Sara Shamma 2004” Kalemaat Art Gallery, Aleppo, Syria.  

“Sara Shamma 2004” Karizma Art Gallery, Kuwait.

 

2002

“Sara Shamma 2002” Nassir Choura Art Gallery, Damascus, Syria.  

 

2001

“Sara Shamma 2001” Shell Cultural Club, Damascus, Syria. 

 

2000

“Sara Shamma 2000” Nassir Choura Art Gallery, Damascus, Syria. 

 

1999

“Sara Shamma 1999” French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria.  

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2018

The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK.

New collective show, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.

 

2015

Guest artist at the 33rd Emirates Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum.

 

2013

Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy.

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London.

 

2012

“Nord Art 2012” Annual International Exhibition, organized by KiC – Kunst in der Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany.

 

2011

The Samawi Collection, Ayyam Art gallery, Dubai, UAE.

Syrian Cutural days in Turkey organied by The Ministry Of Culture, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

2010

Contemporary art from the Middle East, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

Art Prize 2010, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

“Nord Art 2010” Annual International Exhibition, Curated by KiC – Kunst in der Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany.

 

2009

“Contemporary Istanbul” International Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey.

“Jableh Cultural Festival, 5th Edition” Jableh, Syria.

“Let it be Jewelry” an Exhibition of unique jewelry designed by artists from the Arab World, organized by Sayegh Jewelry at Art House, Damascus, Syria.

Sana’a international forum for plastic arts, Sana’a, Yemen

 

2008/09

“Damas- Paris, Regards Croisés” The Arab World Institute, Paris, France and at the National Museum, Damascus, Syria.

 

2008

“UAE Through Arabian Eyes” the International Financial Centre, Dubai, UAE. 

“Syrian Artists” Souq Wakef Art Center, Doha, Qatar.

“The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize” South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia and the National Archives of Australia in Canberra, Australia.

Retrospective of fine arts in Syria, National museum of Damasus, Syria.

 

2007

“Panorama of Syrian Arts” Catzen Arts Centre The American University Washington, D.C. USA.

 

2006

“Syrian Artists” Syrian Cultural Centre, Paris, France.

 

2005

International Painting Prize of the Castellon County Council, ESPAI (the Contemporary Art Centre), Castellon and the Municipal Arts Centre of Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain.

“Syrian Artists” National Library, Madrid, Spain.

 

2005

“Women and Arts, International Vision” Expo Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE.

 

2004 - 2005

“BP Portrait Award” National Portrait Gallery, London, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, UK.

 

2004

“Syrian Artists” Kalemaat art Gallery, Aleppo, Syria. 

 

2003

“FMA - Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal” Montreal, Canada.

“International Women Arts” Organised by Le Pont Art Gallery, Aleppo, Syria.

 

2002

“Syrian Artists” Gallery Amber, Leiden and Enschede, The Netherlands.

“International Artists” Gallery M-Art, Vienna, Austria.

“Mediterranean Biennial” (representing Syria) Kheir El Din  Palace, Tunis, Tunisia.

“Arab Artists” Dar AL Anda Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan.  

 

2001

“ARTUEL” International Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon.

“Two Syrian Artists” Coventry Museum Coventry, UK.  

“Lattakia Biennial” Lattakia, Syria.

“Sharjah Biennial” Sharjah, UAE.

“Cairo Biennial” Cairo, Egypt.

“Women and War Art Exhibition” The Red Cross International Committee of Syria, Jordan and Switzerland.

Absolument Femme, Imar gallery, Latakia, Syria

 

2000

Monte Roza Symposium for Syrian and Lebanese artists, Damascus, Syria.

 

1994 to 2005

Participated in all Ministry of Culture's Exhibitions in Syria and abroad.

 

1994 to 2005

Participated in different exhibitions in Damascus: National Museum of Damascus, Al Assad National Library, Damascus International Fair, Al Shaab Art Gallery, Al Riwaq Art Gallery, Arabic Cultural Center, Spanish Cultural Center, British Council, Albal Art Gallery, Al Sayed Art Gallery, Ashtar Art Gallery, Jabri Art Gallery, Occasions + art, Croquis Art Gallery and Holly Cross Halls, Kozah Art Gallery.

 

 Awards and Recognitions

 

2013

Fourth prize in painting, and Special Mention, Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy.

 

2011

Nominated as the Celebrity Partner of The United Nations World Food Programme.

The revealing of Shamma's painting: “Fighting Hunger”at Damascus Opera House during the premiere of Syrian film director, Nabil Al-Maleh’s movie: “Story of a Painting".

“Fighting Hunger” was then exhibited at The National Museum of Damascus.

5 paintings were exhibited during WFP Regional Meeting in Mövenpick Hotel in Dead Sea, Jordan.

 

2010

Shortlisted for the Nord Art Prize, Annual International Exhibition, organised by KiC (Kunst in der Carlshütte), Büdelsdorf, Germany.

 

2008

First Prize in Painting, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, The South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

 

2006

Fine Arts Syndicate Award, Damascus, Syria.  

 

2004

Fourth Prize, BP Portrait Award. The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.

 

2001

First Prize (The Golden Medal), Latakia Biennial (Painting), Latakia, Syria.

 

2000

Second prize in the Spanish Cultural Center Art Competition, Damascus,  Syria. 

 

2000

Second prize, British Council Art Competition, Damascus , Syria.  

 

1998

Second prize, Youth Exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Syndicate, Damascus, Syria.

 

1998

Ranked First among graduates (First Prize) in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Damascus University, Syria.

 

Collections

 

Shamma's works can be found in public Collections: Presidential Palace, Ministry of Culture, National Museum, British Council, Spanish Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria.

Private Collections in: Austria, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Netherland, Qatar, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.