See 'The State' panopticon or 'Documentary of Sea'
Art and Coffee A monthly event in which artists and curators talk about their expertise. Today, Lebanese artist and healer Abeer Ayash talks about the power of colour, with a live demo. Dhs40. From 10.45am. Call to register. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (050 598 8206).
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. Until February 20. The Fridge, Al Quoz 4 (04 347 7793).
Epiphytes Belgian artist Jean-Luc Moerman presents a multimedia show of paper-based works and pieces on stainless steel sheets. Until March 2. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
Genius Supporting the UAE’s talented illustrators and cartoonists, this exhibition will feature 28 UAE-based artists with styles ranging from caricatures to fine art. Until February 29. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 6467).
Sketches by Boz: Sketching the City competition To celebrate the bicentenary of historical British novelist Charles Dickens, the British Council is calling on writers and illustrators to submit creative writing and illustrations connecting Dickens’ early work with the fast-paced cities of today. UAE residents have until March 4 to submit their works in six different categories. EUK and Arab authors will choose the most creative winners on March 25. www.britishcouncil.org/me-uae-sketches-by-boz-competition.
The State: Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon Touching on subjects such as master and slave relations, this show uses a panopticon (an area where everything is visible) in an attempt to understand mechanisms of power. Until March 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).
Art Sudan Celebrating the pioneers of modern Sudanese art, this show features works by Ibrahim Salahi and Mohammed Omar Khalil. Until February 29. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Audition for Oliver! The West End team that brought us The Sound Of Music is giving UAE residents a chance to star in this much-loved musical. Dancers, singers, actors and all-rounders are encouraged to enter. Today’s auditions are for adults and over 14s, while kids aged seven to 13 can audition from 9am on February 17-18 (the final day is also open to adults and over 14s). Register online to secure your audition spot. Free. 6pm. Until February 18. Hayya! Meadows Club, Emirates Hills, www.oliverdubai.com/audition.
Documentary of Sea Curated by acclaimed Iranian artist Vahid Sharifian, this exhibition features the canvas, video and photographic works of 10 Iranian artists, each focusing on depictions of the sea. Until March 15. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 353 5383).
Five Emirati Artists This exhibition showcases the works of five female Emirati artists, including Maitha bint Khalid, Raissa Khalifa Al Nabooda and Hanan Serhal. Until February 22. Dubai International Arts Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Jessica Mein The Brazilian artist’s debut exhibition in the Middle East features five animated videos as well as works on paper, which represent layered states of dreaming and time to alter the viewer’s experience. Until March 8. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Buy tickets to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Tickets to Dubai’s biggest literature event, which takes place on March 6-10, can be bought online at www.emirateslitfest.com or at WHSmith at Oasis Centre. www.emirateslitfest.com.
Almost, Maine Watch the stage production of romantic comedy Almost Maine at Ductac before enjoying a five-course meal including a glass of bubbly at K Grill at the nearby Kempinski. Dhs100 for show only; Dhs310 for dinner and show. 7.30pm. Until February 18. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777), www.timeouttickets.com
Fakie 2012 Described as a skateboard ‘dexhibition’, this local collaboration between Tashkeel Hub and FN Designs features 30 UAE artists, who were given old skateboards to use as canvases. Until February 18. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, intersection 1, Street 5 and 20 (04 336 3313).
Kamen Bonev In this exhibition running at Aspen Café, the UAE-based Bulgarian painter explores the connection between past and present through inspiration he finds on ancient archaeological sites. Until March 8. Aspen Cafe, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Mr Passive Iranian artist Mehrdad Mohebali’s detailed paintings capture people going about their seemingly mundane daily rituals and invite the viewer to explore a moment frozen in time. Until February 18. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Elsewhen Drawing inspiration from the genre of science fiction, Iranian artist Ala Ebtekar takes events that are actually occurring today and links them to stories and history in the past. Until March 8. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Memory of a Place Lebanese artist Nadine Kanso’s nostalgia for her home town of Beirut is depicted in a series of photographs that capture run-down buildings, neighbourhoods and men and women on their balconies. Until March 7. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
My Journey... My Letters Iranian-born calligraphy artist Abol Atighetchi uses gold leaf as well as traditional colours to emphasise the beauty of the Arabic alphabet. Until March 8. The Courtyard Gallery, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Witness Commenting on the change that brought about the Arab Spring, this solo exhibition by Egyptian artist Wael Darwesh is a series of works that depict what the artist himself witnessed. Until February 23. Art Sawa, Gate Village Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
In Army We Trust Syrian painter Thaier Helal presents recent works which comment on the role of the army in Middle Eastern society. Until March 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
I Can Imagine You Without Your Home Palestinian artist Hazem Harb presents his debut Dubai exhibition of black-and-white photographs that document the plight of Gaza during the recent conflict. Until March 14. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
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 of that region. A small documentary will also run alongside. Until March 3. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Breathing Space Moroccan-born Algerian artist Driss Ouadahi’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features a series of paintings depicting the flaws of modern architecture, such as sterile housing developments and wire fencing. Until March 14. Lawrie Shabibi, 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. Until March 5. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).