Art Emirati This local exhibition showcases established Emirati artists Farid Mohammed Al Rais, Mattar Bin Lahej and Khalid Ali Al Jallaf, each of which has a varying style. Until January 15. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
Drift: an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes This Sharjah exhibition, curated by Sharjah Art Foundation president Hoor Al Qasimi, features 10 contemporary artists including Hala Al-Ani, Hrair Sarkissian and Zineb Sedira. Collectively, the works suggest new, fresh ways of discovering and viewing the urban and suburban landscapes we encounter in our daily lives. Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, www.sharjahart.org (06 568 5050). Iraqi Art Exhibition In The Frame, a locally-based art organisation which supports Iraqi artists will be holding a two-day exhibition of contemporary Iraqi artists including Sundus Abdul-Hadi and Sarmad Al Mousawi before the pieces are auctioned off on Saturday, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Young Mesopotamians, a UK-based charity dedicated to reviving Baghdad’s art scene and educating and the next generation of artists. Until January 14. Showcase Gallery, Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Dubai Municipality (04 318 3204).
Method to the Madness This exhibition offers viewers a fascinating insight into the artistic process: next to the completed works sit the materials, sketches and ideas from which the artist works in his or her studio, shedding light on the way in which the artist came to create the piece in question. Until January 13. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village 10, DIFC (04 425 0400).
40 Poems from the Desert This exhibition features the works of 20 artists and was launched following the UAE’s 40th National Day. It’s a collection of 40 artworks that have been inspired by each of the poems within the book 40 Poems from the Desert, which the works sit alongside in the gallery. Until January 13. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Enter the 2012 DXB Store competition Upcoming local artists and designers are invited to submit their proposals and ideas for limited art and design products to display in the pop-up concept DXB Store at Art Dubai. Those interested should submit their entries by January 19 for review by a jury which includes Emirati furniture designer Khalid Shafar and the creative director of S*uce. Until January 19. For more info visit www.artdubai.ae/dxb-store.
Join the Festival Friends ahead of the Festival of Literature Enjoy discounts and rewards for both the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in March 2012 as well as events in the year-round programme at Dar Al Adaab in Bastakiya. The three levels of benefits include discounted tickets, priority bookings, lounge access and invitations to events. For more info and to enrol, visit www.emirateslitfest.com.
Art Sudan Celebrating the pioneers of modern Sudanese art, this exhibition features the works of Ibrahim Salahi and Mohammed Omar Khalil, who have shaped the region’s art by combining Western technical practices with their cultural heritage. Salahi experiments with the Arabic script, while Khalil creates collage compositions using traditional objects from the Arab world. Until February 29. Meem Gallery, U-turn at the third set of traffic lights next to Marina Interior Design and it’s halfway up the main road, next to Pressotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
The Dreamer and The Poet Featuring the artworks of a selection of Arabic and Iranian artists, this group exhibition illustrates how those involved have applied local themes and culture to their own interpretive visual language. Artists include Asal Fallah, Abdallah Akar, Lalla Essaydi and Hosein Fasih. Until January 20. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).
Art Nights in DIFC Set to become regular events in Dubai’s art scene, Art Nights offer young collectors, artists and enthusiasts a chance to come together and enjoy art in a community environment at Gate Village in DIFC. Check out new exhibitions at galleries in the area, including Cuadro, Ayyam Gallery, Opera Gallery, XVA Gallery, The Empty Quarter, Art Sawa and Artspace, and enjoy live art and music as well as canapés and drinks. Free. 7pm-9pm. Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar This solo exhibition features furniture pieces, predominantly timber and woodwork, inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage. Pieces included in the exhibition are a palm trunk inspired coat stand and a crate that can be used as a side table, corner table or coffee table by a slide of the top layers. Until February 4. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Colours of a Beating Heart Inspired by music, Dubai-based French artist and muralist Julie Dalloz presents a visually engaging solo exhibition full of movement and life. To celebrate, guests will be treated to a concert on opening night. Doors open at 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Free. Until February 20. The Fridge, Al Quoz 4 (04 347 7793).
Dirty Laundry Syrian artist Tammam Azzam presents a solo exhibition of canvases featuring rope, clothes pegs and other found objects, which feature in silhouettes on dark backgrounds to appear almost like a photo negative. Until January 26. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Mr Passive Exploring themes such as human interaction and the subconscious body language used within day to day life, Iranian artist Mehrdad Mohebali’s detailed paintings capture people going about their daily rituals and invite the viewer to deeply explore a moment frozen in time. Until February 18. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Creer Pour Exister View an exhibition by the only living painter from the generation of Côte d’Azur artists Maurice Frido. The landscape painter has documented his travels in the UAE with a body of work that captures the sun, sand and sea. Until January 21. Aspen Café, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Light From Life A stunning exhibition showing off the landscape and nature photos of eight regional artists, following a joint expedition to New Zealand to capture the unique natural environment. To give viewers a better understanding of their adventure, the photographers will have their camping equipment on display in the gallery as well as a short documentary. Until March 3. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Marie Marie, The Devil in Me has Taken You for a Ride This solo exhibition by Lebanese painter Marwan Sahmarani is a complex personal insight into the artist’s own journey into fatherhood. It covers the conflict he feels as an artist to be more detached, when as a father he desires more involvement. Until February 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Innerscapes Acclaimed Turkish photographer Nazif Topçuoglu presents a series of playful and theatrical images, showing young women in medieval-style settings. His works depict a nostalgic view of youth and one’s desire to relive their prime, while also commenting on perceived and conventional ideas of adult life. Until March 5. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Mine In this exhibition featuring video installations, 19 South African artists explore the concepts of personal ownership, with each artist referring to themselves in their work. Those on show include Bridget Baker, Jacques Coetzer, Teboho Edkins, Simon Gush and Cedric Nunn. Until February 4. Ductac, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Space Forward Citing artists Roland Barthes and Marcel Proust as inspirations, Austrian photographer Birgit Graschopf uses her medium to explore public and private space in a series of black and white photographs. Tonight, to mark the opening of the exhibition, the artist will put on a special performance that’s free to the public. Until February 12. Carbon 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).