After Spring Syrian artist Kevork Mourad works mainly in black and white, showing his heritage through his use of mosaic-style patterns, and using the monochrome landscape to create a message about war and the cruelty of humanity. Until June 21. Courtyard Gallery, Interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
The Iranian artist’s homage to Persian calligraphy features delicate large-scale works that play on the beauty of the ancient art form. He uses fluid movements with oil colours to create colourful, vibrant works that embody a dreamlike quality. Until September 10. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
This show features seven artists from across the region, each looking at the varying ways in which contemporary Middle Eastern artists incorporate text into their works. Until July 21. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).
It’s Raining Confetti In this colourful show, Russian artist Daria Blizhenskaya uses a kaleidoscope of palettes to play on an abstract vision of reality. Until June 30. Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 (04 349 9922).
The Line of Life Skilled Turkish artist Gulay Semercio˘glu uses materials including wires, wood and screws to create minimalist-style line-driven artworks that are brought to life with innovative lighting. Until June 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
Urban Epidermis: A Journey of Dilapidation The works in this solo exhibition by Vikram Divecha comment on the relationship that people have with their urban surroundings, and how each affects the other. Until September 1. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision: Owen Jones Don’t miss this rare exhibition in Sharjah. It takes inspiration from the V&A (Victoria and Albert) collection to tell the story of 19th-century architect and explorer Owen Jones, who is known to have introduced elements of Islamic design into Britain. Open Fri 4pm-8pm. Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah (06 565 5455).
Outdoor Art Project
An al-fresco exhibition launched by Dubai Culture and Dubai Properties Group, featuring the intriguing structural works of 12 UAE artists. Until September 1. The Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 515 5004).
Corrupted Theories French-born Algerian artist Abdelkader Benchamma presents his first solo show in the Middle East. It features a range of fine graphic sketches on paper, as well as three wooden floors that appear to have shattered like glass. Until July 15. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
Dubai photography haven Gulf Photo Plus has launched an initiative in which it displays and sells affordable photo prints by local and international artists, including Ali Alriffai, Katarina Premfors, Sara Naim, Gregory Heisler and Steve Simon. The collection is refreshed every two to three months and prints are priced from Dhs375 to Dhs2,500. Ongoing. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).
Living with Video
Curated by respected gallerist and French curator Chantal Crousel, this installation exhibition features the videos of 10 international established artists including Wang Bing, Gabriel Orozco and Wolfgang Tilmans. Until June 30. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
The Global Pop-Up Short Film Festival This London-based mini film festival will screen a feature-length programme of some of the world’s best cult and award-winning short films. The line-up includes the Oscar-nominated A Morning Stroll, Clermont-Ferrand winner The Guest, South by South West winner Notes on Biology and Brazilian film Street Vendor Cinema. 6pm. Free. Satellite, Warehouse C16, Alserkal Avenue (04 347 0209).
Through the Looking Glass In her debut solo exhibition, Emirati photographer Lamya Gargash focuses on identity, perception and acceptance in today’s society. Her subjects have all been shot looking at their reflection to face their exaggerated imperfections, which are distorted and magnified using protheses. Until June 30. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
A Symbiotic Relationship Between Art, Religion and History Gallery director Rami Farook’s solo exhibition highlights the ongoing discourse between art, religion and history and how that applies to current affairs and the situation in the world right now. Ongoing. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
This striking solo exhibition by Emirati artist Mohammed Kanoo features topical pop art-style images with a humorous nod to local references. In several of the works, Kanoo draws inspiration from world-famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Katsushika Hokusai. Until July 5. Meem Gallery, take a U-turn at the third set of traffic lights next to Marina Interior Design and it’s halfway on main road, next to Presotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Cine Club Art expert and speaker Shelley Young holds a brief discussion before the film screening of 1996 film Basquiat by director Julian Schnabel. The film stars Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Jeffrey Wright and Benecio Del Toro and tells of the rise of young street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Popcorn is provided. To book a spot, email or call the number below. Dhs50. 6.30pm-8pm. Art Sawa, Road 323, Al Quoz, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 340 8660).
Crossing the Emirates II
Emerging UAE artists and their mentors feature in this locally inspired exhibition of works by students studying arts at Zayed University. Mediums include photography, video, sculpture and digital media. The show is a conceptual exploration of the diversity in the UAE. Until June 29. FN Designs, Unit 26, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.alserkalavenue.com.
Follow the Leader
Renowned Syrian photographer Ammar Abd Rabbo presents a body of work featuring 15 rare photographs of Arab and international leaders and dictators, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. Until July 12. Ayyam Gallery, Podium Level, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
A Work of Art Emirati artists including Alia Al Malik, Shamsa Bin Dasmal, Alanood Obaidly, Thuraiya Ismail and Wafa Qasaimi feature in this UAE-centric exhibition at Downtown Dubai’s Ara Gallery. The show celebrates the nation’s culture, heritage and traditions via various mediums. Until September 1. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Butterflies and Blooms
In this solo exhibition, locally based Canadian artist Cynthia Reta Richards pays tribute to famous 20th-century artist Georgia O’Keefe, who took flower painting to a new level in the ’20s. Reta, inspired by O’Keefe’s works, has painted large-scale flowers and butterflies using ink and acrylics. Until June 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
Summer Salon The Jumeirah-based Dubai International Art Centre is home to a varied line-up throughout June and July, during which time it will rotate collections featuring a range of artworks across all mediums, styles and price brackets. Once pieces are sold, new artworks will be added to the walls. Drop in to see if anything takes your fancy. Until July 18. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Street 75b, Villa 27, near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).