Our critic's pick of the best shows and openings, December 25-January 7
Ashleigh Manley The Australian artist will be exhibiting his dynamic watercolour paintings, which are inspired by his travels and observations of places, including Dubai. Until December 26. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 449 8888).
Eyes Wide Open This show features a selection of work from Dubai-based photographer Pia Torelli's visit to Afghanistan in 2002, presented next to images she captured in 2013. Until December 31. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).
Ruben Sanchez: The B Side For this residency with Tashkeel, the Barcelona-based street artist Ruben Sanchez is exhibiting his creations. Until December 31. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).
Bronze and Black Cloth A joint exhibition by two artists, Dutchman Karel Zijlstra creates hot cast bronze sculptures while Brit Paul Wadsworth’s Black Cloth Project is a concept where participants are encouraged to pose with a black cloth for a sketch. Until January 2. The Majilis Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).
Do You See What I See A show of works from local and international artists Ammar Al Attar, Farah Al Qasimi, Ayla Hibri and Michel Le Belhomme, the theme is capturing mundane moments. Until January 9. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village 10, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 425 0400).
Seven Sins Hend El Falafly addresses the subject of why people fall into sin and how society defines paintings through mixed media and stylised canvases. Until January 11. Art Sawa, DIFC Gate Village, (04 386 2366).
Colours of Life at Baginskaya Gallery and Studio This new exhibition will take place at 8pm in the presence of the artist. Taron Simonian’s paintings are inspired by his travels. Until January 21. Baginskaya Gallery, JLT (050 556 2210).
Al Hallaj and The Tawasin The latest mixed-media exhibition by Amar Dawod is inspired by the writings of famous Sufi thinker Mansur Al Hallaj, who was executed for heresy in 922. Until January 20. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz, (04 347 7883).
Wa Roox Line-Up at Artissima Art Gallery The young French graffiti talent Wa Roox will be showcasing his works as part of the first exhibition by Street Art Dubai. Highlights in amongst the exhibition include the artist's illustrations on a vintage Chevrolet pick-up truck, while the series also shows how his style has evolved. Free. Until January 10. Artissima Art Gallery, Al Quoz 1 (055 888 8247).
Frida Kahlo by Mawaheb and Reemami This show features a number of portraits and ceramic works that are created specially by members of Mawaheb, which is an art studio for talented people with special needs. Until January 15, Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 3313).
Statue of Limitation Named after a legal term for the amount of time before someone is no longer able to be prosecuted for a crime, this intriguing mixed-media exhibition focuses on the Cold War period of history. Ends today, Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 379 8545).
The Collected Amir H Fallah’s third solo show is an exploration of the relationship between the artist and the patron. Until January 23. The Third Line, Near The Courtyard, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Gentle Artist Jonathan Gent’s solo exhibition features a selection of new paintings, which involve works on wooden boards. The works focus on the Mediterranean and his memories of Dubai going back to 2008. Until January 31. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).
The Salon at Project Space This mixed media group show by emerging artists includes a selection from the gallery’s resident artists as well as previous exhibitors at the The Third Line, who have been working in and around the Middle East. Until January 23. The Third Line, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).