'The Seat of Perception' at Ayyam Gallery and more
E&OE (Errors & Omissions Excepted) Indian artist Rahul Krishnan’s politically heavy works focus on disclaimers, half-truths and ‘small print’ used for political, social or economic gain. He uses his home country as a source of inspiration, and his commentary is philosophical and cryptic. Until December 28. The Mojo Gallery, 33 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 345 8424).
The Beauty of Arabic Calligraphy Showcasing the artwork of Arabic and Iranian artists, with more than 90 works that include traditional and contemporary calligraphy from famous calligraphers. Until December 19. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 345 0900).
Traces of Man Rameshwar Broota, one of India’s most prominent artists, displays a selection of pieces from his recent photographic work and a rare oil on canvas from 1999. Until January 4. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Creative writing with Hayley Doyle The UK author hosts a series of regular classes looking at a broad range of writing skills, from short stories to novels. Classes begin in January – book now. Dhs750 for six 90-minute classes. Traffic Art Gallery, Al Quoz (055 104 0538).
Submissions for Sikka Art Fair 2013 Dubai Culture & Arts Authority is now inviting submissions for emerging Emirati and UAE-based visual and performing artists for the 2013 edition of the Bastakiya-based Sikka Art Fair. Interested? Submit your proposal on the website. Until December 23. www.sikka.ae.
Collision by Moataz Nasr In this exhibition, Egyptian multimedia artist Moataz Nasr invites viewers to look within the various strands that make up life in contemporary Cairo. He translates his observations into the universal language of human despair, suffering, love and hope. Until January 10. Lawrie Shabibi. Alserkal Avenue, Unit 21, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Where Are You Now? UK artist Vanessa Hodgkinson’s first solo show is curated by Maisa Al Qassimi and provides a unique insight into her investigation of Orientalism and the influence of Islamic art. Until February 5. Project D Gallery, Building 9, Street 6b, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 5339).
Column by Sheree Hovsepian The Iranian artist shows her first exhibition in Dubai, exploring the nature of photography as an artistic medium in relation to form and sculpture. Until January 6. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
The 3 Orbs A collaboration between Bento-Ya restaurant and local photographer Jalal Abuthina to support locally-produced artwork outside conventional art spaces in the city. This quirky exhibition centres around random sightings of three unidentified flying objects that have been appearing throughout Dubai over the past 10 months. tricks. Until December 21. Bento-Ya, Sheikh Zayed Road, behind Axiom (04 343 0222).
A Permanent Record For Future Investigation Curated by New York-based artist Kamrooz Aram, this show features the work of Nazgol Ansarinia, Talia Chetrit, Iman Issa, Mehreen Murtaza, and Hajra Waheed. Each of the artists uses image-making as a means to negotiate the question of representation. Until January 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).
Carrara and more Renowned German photo artist Bertram Kober presents a series of images showcasing the surrounding area of Italian town Carrara, and the stone quarry that has been used for more than 3,000 years. Until January 9. J+A Gallery, Sheikh Zayed Road exit 43, near Noor Islamic Bank metro station, beside RAW Coffee and 4 Walls Art Gallery (055 395 0495).
Syria Tammam Azzam’s street art-style solo exhibition features digital works and installations that offer political commentary on the current situation in Syria. Each room of the gallery has been set aside for different series. Until December 31. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).
Iranian Contemporary Art This group exhibition combines artists with different themes, including Bahareh Raeesi, Mahnoosh Naderi, Maryam Nikbakhsh and Sepideh Sahar. Until January 15. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, JLT (04 420 3471).
Magical Narratives A group exhibition of 15 acclaimed Pakistani artists who specialise in miniatures. The exhibition reflects upon the use of visual narratives as a bonding force in cultural and cross-cultural contexts. Until December 31. NM Art Gallery, The House of Zunn Showroom, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 626 5270).
Olympia by Bryan Ferry A series of limited-edition prints of alternate versions of English singer Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music studio album covers, created between 1972 and 1982, plus solo album covers featuring Kate Moss. Ferry has been involved in every visual aspect of the artwork and presentation of his music. Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).
The Silk Road See ancient works of art spanning the Middle East to the Far East. Items on display include scroll paintings, porcelain ceramics and glassware. Until December 23. Farjam Collection Gallery, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).
Versions of Her Dubai-based emerging artist Nik Nejad explores perceptions of femininity in this self-funded week-long exhibition. His large-scale artworks examine the definitions of beauty. Until December 25. 8th Street Studio, Building 20, Al Quoz 1 (04 330 7878).
This week’s theatre
Sharmila Dance Gala This two-night dance show begins on Friday December 14, featuring the best in hip-hop, ballet contemporary, salsa and tango. It boasts international and local dance stars including American So You Think You Can Dance duo Michelle Brooke and Jesus Solorio, as well as dancers from the prestigious Stuttgart Ballet. Dhs200 (stalls); Dhs150 (balcony). Fri 2.30pm, 7.30pm; Sat 7.30pm. Until December 15. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).