The Flying House (TFH) is a non-profit institution for promoting contemporary Emirati artists. Founded in December 2007, TFH has a collection of artworks which are part of the Emirati contemporary art movement; dating from the establishment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the present day.
Our large collection includes works by some of the first generation of Emirati artists, beginning with the earliest works of Hassan Sharif, “the father of the nation’s contemporary art practice” , Fatma Lootah and Hussain Sharif.
Together with the earliest work of important artists from the second generation such as Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Mohammed Kazem, these pieces make up our historical collection.
The works have been meticulously collected, documented and preserved over 30 years by myself. In addition, TFH has a significant collection of recent artworks, not only from the aforementioned artists but also from the current generation.
The TFH team includes experienced curators Jos Clevers, former director of Sittard Art Centre, The Netherlands, and Mohammed Kazem, co-curator of the 8th Sharjah International Biennial.
TFH artists have developed formidable track records over the years; they have been selected for major biennials, international museum exhibitions, and have been awarded prestigious prizes. Numerous articles have been written about them in both national and international publications. They have also personally authored large numbers of publications on art.
TFH is an institution that plays an active and vital role in developing and nurturing the contemporary art infrastructure of the UAE.
Current aims and activities of The Flying House include: Arts Marketing and Promotion; Exhibition Development and Management; Art Consulting; Archiving, Documentation and Preservation; Workshop Provision; Publications; Cultural Exchanges; Art Fora; and the Nurturing of New Talent.
TFH artists: Hassan Sharif, Hussain Sharif, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Mohammad Al Mazrouei, Fatma Lootah, Layla Juma, Khalil Abdul-Wahid, Abdul Rahman Al Ma'aini, Moza Al Suwaidi.
Abdul Raheem Sharif
Founder and CEO
Lisa Ball-Lechgar, Editor of Canvas Magazine, Canvas
, Jan/Feb 2008