Celebrating Ramadan Professional and amateur artists come together in this group show, which reflects the spirit and culture of the region. Artworks include calligraphy and Arabesque scenes depicted in a range of media. Until August 21. Gallery 76, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road, near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Enter the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award UAE residents are invited to submit their art to the seventh instalment of these prestigious awards. Winners will win a substantial cash prize, which will act as a great springboard for their career. Deadline for entries: Thursday November 1. www.youngartistaward.ae.
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. Until August 30. Tashkeel, near Nad Al Sheba police station (04 336 3313).
Treasures of Holy Qur’an This Ramadan-inspired exhibition features Qur’anic calligraphy works from Pakistani artists including Zulfiqar Ali and Tahir Bin Quallander, among other artworks. The show-stopper is an 18-foot semi-abstract piece. Until August 31. Hamail Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).
Vac.u.um This thought-provoking exhibition brings together current works from Pakistani and global artists, whose pieces examine the concept of vacuum and identity. It’s curated by Umer Butt. Until September 1. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0764).
Mechanical Music Instruments: A Journey Through Time This show makes a day trip to Abu Dhabi even more worthwhile. Back in the day, music boxes were as groundbreaking as iPods – this exhibition features some of these beautifully wrought creations. Until August 22. Saadiyat Ballroom, Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel Abu Dhabi (04 427 0219).
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).
Urban Epidermis: A Journey of Dilapidation The works in this thought-inspiring 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).
When the Lights Went Off We Saw Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo show touches on the notions of abstract light. It features enlarged images of partial photo negatives that have been overexposed and tainted with leaked light. The images stir questions about the lost potential of photos that never were. A vivid, inspiring twist on modern photography. Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Outdoor Art Project Step outside (if you dare!) to enjoy this eye-catching al-fresco exhibition launched by Dubai Culture and Dubai Properties Group, featuring the intriguing structural works of 12 UAE artists. Remember to lather up with sun cream. Until September 1. The Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 515 5004).
Submissions for Artists in Residence 2013 Bastakiya programme Emirati artists and international curators are invited to apply for the Artists in Residence 2013 programme held in Bastakiya from Monday January 7 to Sunday March 31 2013, to coincide with Art Week. Six artists will be chosen to work together in the Bastakiya studio spaces, followed by an exhibition at Sikka Art Fair in March 2013. Until September 16. For more information and to apply, visit www.dubaiculture.ae or email e-mail email@example.com.
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 Sara Naim. 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).
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 photos that embody the theme ‘summer fun’. Get snapping and see if you can impress the judges with your creative skills. Closing date August 30. www.ductac.org/more.
Taste Binds the Tribe A group exhibition featuring the works of established Zimbabwean artist Daryl Nero and Mozambique’s late woodblock print artist Isaac Sithole. Until September 1. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).
Iranian Artists and Taha Behbahani’s Bronze Sculptures Masterpieces from five Iranian artists are currently being exhibited at this Jumeirah Lakes Towers gallery. You’ll also find pieces by famous Iranian sculptor Taha Behbahani, including his ‘Hou Hagh’ and ‘Lock and bird’ collections. Until August 31. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 420 3471).
Wet Dog Contemporary Iranian artist Farzan Sadjadi presents a body of work inspired by the forgotten 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).
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). The Ivy Museum at The Boulevard The space outside the famous British restaurant is displaying artworks by local artist Clair Stuart-Menteth (of Harrods London fame), plus art from Hamail Art Galleries that is relevant to the Holy Month. Until August 31. Outside The Ivy, The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).
Create your own artwork at thejamjar studio Test your creativity and put your artistry skills to work with the open studio concept at thejamjar. The studio is fully equipped with easels, paints and art supplies, so all you need to do is bring yourself and your painter’s hat. From Dhs100 per person. Ongoing. Thejamjar, behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Demolition Iranian artist Fereydoon Omidi’s homage to Persian calligraphy features delicate artworks that play on the beauty of this ancient art form. He uses fluid movements to create dreamlike works. Until September 10. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber London-based artist Derek Ogbourne’s latest body of work, being exhibited in Sharjah, is themed around the fear of a sudden death and focuses on mortality and vision. Created in 2007, this exhibition stemmed from an idea that an image can be imprinted on the retina at the exact moment of death. It’s well worth the journey. Until October 3. Collections Building, Sharjah Arts Area, Sharjah Art Foundation (06 568 5050).