Cats at Ductac, Art at the Top and Dubai's new displays
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 up on the main road, next to Presotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Demolition Iranian artist Fereydoon Omidi’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).
Summer workshops at DIAC Starting today and continuing throughout the week, Dubai International Art Centre holds workshops including sculpture (Dhs630 for four sessions), oil, acrylic and watercolour painting (Dhs200 for two sessions) and dress pattern making (Dhs1,305 for nine sessions). Call for more info, pricing and timings. Ongoing. Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
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.
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).
When the Lights Went Off We Saw Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo exhibition touches on the notions of abstract light and features enlarged images of partial photographic negatives that have been overexposed and tainted with leaked light. The images stir questions about the lost potential of photos that never were. Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
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).
Made In Tashkeel This annual group exhibition showcases the work of local artists, Tashkeel members, workshop participants and recent exhibiting artists across a variety of mediums. Those on show this year include Ammar Al Attar, Kirsty Jones, Esra Al Farsi, Amartey Golding, Hala Al Ani, Maitha Demithan, Lucas Surtie, Khawla Darwish and many more. Until August 30. Tashkeel, near Nad Al Sheba police station (04 336 3313).
Monitor, Issue 1 Rami Farook’s latest exhibition is a compilation of films, photos, notes, books, maps and gifts the artist and curator collected during a one-week trip to India to attend the Kochi-Muziris Biennale art festival in Kerala. Until July 21. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Text Me This exhibition features seven artists from across the region, each looking at the 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).
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).
More Café digital photo competition Want to win a digital photo course, a brunch or an afternoon tea? More Café is running a competition in which UAE residents (adults, teens and kids) are invited to submit photographs that embody the theme ‘summer fun’. Whether you’re holidaying here or abroad, get snapping and see if you can impress the judges with your creative skills. Closing date August 30. www.ductac.org/more.
Original Art and Art Furniture Harmony Jomaylia Interior and Furniture has joined with Art Couture to create a unique exhibition featuring original pieces that have been turned into functional art. Until August 28. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (050 598 8206).