14 cultural shows and exhibitions to see this week
Celebrating Ramadan An exhibition of works from members of the Dubai International Art Centre, which celebrate the richness of Arab culture. The exhibition includes Arabic calligraphy, oil and watercolour paintings and mixed media art. Until August 13. Dubai International Art Centre, No 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 4398).
Ramadan Diaries A series of hand embroidered textiles created by female artisans from Chitral in Pakistan. The works are centred around the customs and rituals that are traditionally practiced during The Holy Month. Until August 7. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Street 8, Aserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Demolition Iranian artist Fereydoon Omididi’s solo calligraphy exhibition is a showcase of his hypnotic art, where he uses repetition of letters to achieve a rhythmic, dance-like quality to his paintings. The large -scale homages to Persian art are created through his layering of oils on the canvas. Until September 30. XVA Gallery. Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Patrice Palacio Taking its origins from cubism, Patrice Palaclo’s fragmental art is a concept he developed with well-known ceramist Xavier Llongeras. Palacio’s first presentation includes a unique portrait of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Until September 3, ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah (04 345 0900).
A Verse Imprinted: Islamic Art A collection of religious artworks by 12 calligraphers inspired by the Holy Qu’ran and Arabic poetry. Until August 31. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Objects to Print UAE-based print artists from different creative backgrounds, including textiles, architecture and graphic design, showcase their works to celebrate and raise awareness of Dubai’s print culture. Until August 12. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue Street 6, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Digital Doodle Club The Cartoon Art Gallery will be running a workshop which gives participants the opportunity to learn how to make animations on the iPad and the iPhone. Aug 3. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz (04 346 6467).
My father was many and I am happy as a sailor Part II The third solo exhibition of surreal paintings from Austrian artist Philip Mueller is an exploration of universal themes, such as where do we come from and where are we going? Until September 6. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
P Gnana A collaboration with online gallery Kobo, Scafa restaurant will be exhibiting a selection of Gnana’s paintings. From Singapore, Gnana is fascinated with collage and the process of building layers of ideas and the evolution of thoughts. The pictures on display will be changed every three weeks. Ongoing. Scafa, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 379 40 44).
The Shadows Collection A collection of richly coloured Arab-inspired abstract calligraphy by Syrian artist Helen Abbas, the exhibition includes 18 original pieces which have not been released before and which reflect the transient nature of life. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
#besomebody The graffiti exhibition is part of an ongoing global event, involving 30 countries. In Dubai, the artworks will be linked to the themes of future and imagination for the 2020 Expo. Ongoing. Al Serkal Avenue, Exit 43 off Sheikh Zayed Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 416 1900).
Mégatours: toujours plus haut! Megatowers: higher and higher! Designed by Parisian collective Universcience, this exhibition explores the possibility of skyscrapers. With the purpose of giving an insight into why the projects are so desirable to different countries, it also covers the construction of a ‘mega’ skyscraper which began this year in Jeddah and is set to be over one kilometre high. Until October. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai (04 335 8712).
Resonating Script A celebration of the rhythmic vibrancy of calligraphic art, the art will showcase the work of 9 contemproary artists, who each provide a new and inspiring take on the popular genre. Until August 28. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, opposite Al Shirwawi Equipment, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
Photomentaries An exhibition of the winners and shortlisted entrants to a photography competition, which is based on the theme of celebrating Arab culture. Until August 15. Gulf Photo Plus, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).