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).
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.
Fereydoon Omidi 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). hrough 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).
Art at the Top Are you an Emirati artist? Want to see your work displayed on a feature wall in At the Top at the Burj Khalifa? Those interested should submit their portfolios before Sunday July 15. The Ara Gallery and At the Top will then choose five finalists to create an original artwork in accordance with the theme ‘what does the Burj Khalifa mean to you?’. The finalists will be announced on Thursday July 19 and will have until Thursday September 6 to create their artwork. Portfolios (under 5MB) should be sent to the email address below. Closing date July 15. firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s Raining Confetti 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).
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).
Wet Dog Contemporary Iranian artist Farzan Sadjadi presents an honest body of work that is inspired by the forgotten, lost village of Mar in the harsh climates of central Iran. Often using wet dogs as his central subjects, the duality of life is a main theme and he captures the daily struggles of an abandoned and isolated region. Until September 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
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).
GPP Limited 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 ten international artists including Wang Bing, Gabriel Orozco and Wolfgang Tilmans. Until June 30. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Text Me 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).
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).
Fun w/Fen 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).
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).
Follow the Leader 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).
International Radio Playwriting Competition The British Council, in collaboration with the BBC World Service, is inviting non-UK residents to write and submit a radio play of 53 minutes in length on any subject. The winners will receive Dhs11,000 and a trip to London to see their play being recorded. For further info or to apply, see the website below. Until July 31. www.bbcworldservice.com/radioplay.
A Work of Art Emirati artists 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).
Original Art and Art Furniture Harmony Jomaylia Interior and Furniture has joined with Art Couture to create a unique exhibition featuring original pieces that has been turned into functional art. Until August 28. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (050 598 8206).