SARA SHAMMA CURICULUM VITAE
Sara Shamma Born 1975 in Damascus, Syria. Lives and works in London
Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts (Painting Department), Damascus University, Damascus, Syria.
Graduated from Adham Ismaiil Fine Arts Institute, Damascus, Syria.
Member of The Jury of The Annual Exhibition for Syrian Artists held by the Ministry of Culture, Damascus, Syria.
Member of The Jury of graduation show, ESMOD Fashion Institute, Damascus, Syria.
Taught in Adham Ismaiil Fine Arts Institute, Damascus, Syria.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
“London” Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai, UAE
“World Civil War Portraits” curated by Sacha Craddock at The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
“Diaspora” Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
“Q” Royal College of Art, London, UK.
“Birth” Art House, Damascus, Syria.
“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.
“Sara Shamma 2008” 'Finishing Touch', Knowledge Village, Dubai, U.A.E.
“Sara 1978” Art House, Damascus, Syria.
“Music 2007” Cornish Club Event Gallery, Kuwait.
“Sara Shamma 2007” Art House, Damascus, Syria.
“Sara Shamma 2004” Kalemaat Art Gallery, Aleppo, Syria.
“Sara Shamma 2004” Karizma Art Gallery, Kuwait.
“Sara Shamma 2002” Nassir Choura Art Gallery, Damascus, Syria.
“Sara Shamma 2001” Shell Cultural Club, Damascus, Syria.
“Sara Shamma 2000” Nassir Choura Art Gallery, Damascus, Syria.
“Sara Shamma 1999” French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria.
Selected Group Exhibitions
The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK.
New collective show, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
Guest artist at the 33rd Emirates Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum.
Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy.
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London.
“Nord Art 2012” Annual International Exhibition, organized by KiC – Kunst in der Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany.
The Samawi Collection, Ayyam Art gallery, Dubai, UAE.
Syrian Cutural days in Turkey organied by The Ministry Of Culture, Istanbul, Turkey.
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.
“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
“Damas- Paris, Regards Croisés” The Arab World Institute, Paris, France and at the National Museum, Damascus, Syria.
“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.
“Panorama of Syrian Arts” Catzen Arts Centre The American University Washington, D.C. USA.
“Syrian Artists” Syrian Cultural Centre, Paris, France.
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.
“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.
“Syrian Artists” Kalemaat art Gallery, Aleppo, Syria.
“FMA - Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal” Montreal, Canada.
“International Women Arts” Organised by Le Pont Art Gallery, Aleppo, Syria.
“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.
“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
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
Shortlisted for Asian Women of Achievement Awards (Arts and Culture), London, UK.
Fourth prize in painting, and Special Mention, Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy.
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.
Shortlisted for the Nord Art Prize, Annual International Exhibition, organised by KiC (Kunst in der Carlshütte), Büdelsdorf, Germany.
First Prize in Painting, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, The South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Fine Arts Syndicate Award, Damascus, Syria.
Fourth Prize, BP Portrait Award. The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
First Prize (The Golden Medal), Latakia Biennial (Painting), Latakia, Syria.
Second prize in the Spanish Cultural Center Art Competition, Damascus, Syria.
Second prize, British Council Art Competition, Damascus , Syria.
Second prize, Youth Exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Syndicate, Damascus, Syria.
Ranked First among graduates (First Prize) in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Damascus University, Syria.
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.