'The Silk Road' at Farjam and creative writing with Hayley Doyle
Arabian Nights – Eastern Lights Swiss-Irish artist Claudio Viscardi presents 20 large-scale canvases featuring multi-layered compositions and complex architectural and geometric structures, on top of textured landscapes. Until October 31. Funoon Gallery, Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah (050 232 9768).
Art and coffee morning This monthly event features the digital fractional art of Danish artist Thomas Egense. The event includes a talk and presentation, as well as a tour through the gallery. Dhs40 (including coffee). From 10.45am. Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
I Think I Love You An installation of large-scale oil paintings produced by art workers in Dafen, China. The paintings are crafted as replicas of a single image of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Each painting measures 1.3m by 2m. Until October 31. Traffic, Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).
Jhakaas! Quirky Dubai-based British artist Hatty Pedder’s newest body of work features colourful illustrations with flashes of neon that celebrate buzzing Mumbai and it’s bustling alleyways. Until October 31. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).
The Silk Road The exhibition features ancient works of art spanning the Middle East to the Far East. Items on display include ancient scroll paintings, porcelain ceramics and glassware, from countries such as Japan, China, India, and Persia. Until December 23. Farjam Collection Gallery, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).
Contemporary Art Attitudes An exhibition featuring three artists with three unique styles. Thomas Egense (Denmark) presents 13 digital artworks including his favourite, entitled ‘Jellyfish’. Other artists include Brit Shazeaa Ingar and Canadian Cynthia Reta Richards. Until November 8. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (050 598 8206).
With A Little Help From My Friends Dubai-based artist Ubik’s interactive installation takes the concept of team-building as a way to ‘explore shades of friendship in the city’. The installation comprises a collection of about 40 remote-controlled cars, which can be driven by visitors, as well as more than nine tonnes of sand. Until November 15. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
My Ramadan To mark Eid al-Adha, Dusit Thani Dubai and Emirates Photography Forum are hosting a photography exhibition celebrating Islamic culture and customs practised during Ramadan. The display will feature imagery as viewed through the eyes and lenses of professional and amateur photographers from across the Middle East and further afield. The images are for sale, with the proceeds going to international children’s medical charity Dusit Smiles for Operation Smile. Until November 8. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 3333).
Elegy to My Trapped City A dedicated exhibition of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s mural-sized, epic painting, a 2.4m x 8m monochrome acrylic that premiered at Abu Dhabi art last year and is inspired by the post-2003 destruction of Iraq. Until November 13. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Extimacy LA-based Iranian artist Hayv Kahraman presents a new body of work that tackles the complex relationships between gender and identity constructs, geopolitical and physiological boundaries and the perception of self within the demands of conformity within society. Her works depict fragmented women. Until November 29. The Third Line, Street no 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Beyond Rhythm Italian-born, NYC-based artist Francesca Galliani’s latest collection of mixed-media photographs celebrates dance. Through painting, splashes of colour, elements of collage and words, she magnifies the universal message of hope and joy that dance creates. Until November 10. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).
Small Artworks This exhibition features 50 small works that each explore themes of land and cityscape. The pieces were selected based on their size, and highlight the various styles and techniques used by artists including Fereydoun Ave, Afsoon, Zubin Amiri and more. Until November 20. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Al Quoz 1, Street 4b, between Times Square Centre and Al Tayer Motors (04 347 5050).
Creative writing with Hayley Doyle The UK author hosts a series of regular classes. The course starts today with a look at improvisational writing. Dhs750 for six 90-minute classes. Until December 10. Traffic Art Gallery, Al Quoz (055 104 0538).
Rebirth This solo exhibition of work by Iraqi artist Sami Al Karim represents an exciting moment in Al Karim’s career, as four separate series of work are brought together and shown as an entity for the first time. The exhibition includes ‘Dream’ (2005); ‘Saga’ (2007); ‘Defacement’ (2010); and ‘Rebirth’ (2011). Until November 11. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Riches of Female Form A solo show by Karachi-based Balochi artist AS Rind. The show features a selection of oil-on-canvas paintings based on his rich culture, which he expresses in the form of motifs and jewellery adorned by female figures. Until November 2. Hamail Art Gallery, Warehouse 6, 8th Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).
The Echo of the Words 2 A collaboration between Sharjah-based Egyptian artist and calligrapher Khalifa El Shimy and Slovenian painter Martin Avsenik. The show features artworks in a range of media, including modernist acrylic paintings by El Shimy and animated sound pictures by Avsenik. Until November 10. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Project Space: Learning by Heart Iranian artist Arwa Abouon’s latest exhibition explores a private journey in spirituality, personal dynamics and human nature’s quest towards understanding faith. Her photographic series draws from her own personal experiences and reflection, and attempts to articulate abstract notions such as human emotion and relationship with faith. Until November 29. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
The X Factor singing contest at Ductac A competition for aspiring soloists, singing groups and choirs, for performers aged 16 and upwards. You’ll need to prepare three songs, and bring a passport photo and ID. Register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. From 8am. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Zoulikha Bouabdellah The artist’s new exhibition, ‘Any Resemblance to Actual Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental’, explores social realities and issue of womanhood, using multi-textural techniques such as dripping hot wax, slashing paper. Until December 5. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1(04 323 5052).