The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai
Time Out staff
Our picks of the week
1 The Art of Ceramics at thejamjar See Tue 26.
2 Pottery workshop at Creekside Arts Centre See Wed 20.
3 Flight to Enlightenment at Z Gallery See Mon 25.
4 The art of words at Showcase Gallery See Sun 24.
5 Butterflies in my Stomach at XVA Gallery See Thu 21.
Pottery Workshop Indulge in some artistic meditation at Creekside Arts Centre for a pottery workshop. Be inspired by the vivid scenes of the Creek and create your own pot using coiling and pinching techniques. Those who participate will also have a chance to get their work bisque fired and glazed, transforming their clay into masterpieces that can be collected four weeks later from Touch of Clay’s workshop space. Dhs80. Until August 27. 4.30pm-6pm. Creekside Arts Centre, near Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 359 9220).
Butterflies in my Stomach: group show Three female artists demonstrate their individual skill at this summer-long show. All works use paper as the medium. Debjani Bhardwaj creates paper cut-outs illustrating dream-like scenes, drawing references from children's literature, film, contemporary culture and Hindu mythology. Saba Masoumian's delicate works are created on dyed paper and Barbara Wildenboer's constructions use maps and photography to explore the impact of humankind on the natural world. Until September 1. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).
Selections: group show A sequel to ‘Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene’, this exhibition commemorates the gallery's first anniversary and features a survey of selected works by artists from Egypt. The artists, subjects, media and style featured in the exhibition are extremely diverse but they are all linked in identifying Egyptian aesthetic. Ahmed Kassim, Armen Agop, Atef Ahmed, Ayman El Semary, Essam Darwish, Essam Marouf, Mohamed Ardash and Nagla Samir all feature. Until August 28. Gallery Ward, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).
Ramadan in Yemen: Max Pam 'Ramadan in Yemen' documents the travels of photographer Max Pam though Yemen in the late 1990s. Working exclusively in black and white and utilising a square format, Pam translated his exploration and experiences into a series of images and diary entries, reflecting his distinctive style: a layering of words and images. Pam’s works have been published in leading international journals and are included in major public and private collections in Australia, Britain, France and Japan. A must-see for photography enthusiasts. Until September 10. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 553 3879).
Scripts of Our Unspoken Words ‘Scripts of Our Unspoken’ words is an exhibition in which three African artists come together, expressing the power and implications of abstract writing. Through disordered scribblings on paper and canvas, whether as the main subject or completing their compositions, artists explore the relationship between painting and language. The paintings of Zimbabwean artist Alison Coulthurst are complete with lines of words, inspired by dreams, songs and positive emotions. Until September 13. Showcase Gallery, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Flight to Enlightenment Whirling towards enlightenment, Khusro Subzwari's whirling dervishes represent a mystical journey inspired by Rumi’s poetry on love and spirituality. ‘Sema’, which represents a spiritual journey where the seeker turns toward truth, awakened his spiritual side. Since then his work has been more focused on creation, nature and the invisible spiritual world, owing also to his desire to spread awareness of things beyond the earth. Besides various solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan, Subzwari has participated in numerous international exhibitions in Istanbul and London as well as the UAE. Until September 30. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed (04 323 0333).
The Art of Ceramics: Michael Rice Irish ceramicist Michael Rice's work is inspired by the forms and textures of the natural world and his pieces have a timeless yet contemporary quality. Pottery and ceramics workshops are available for adults and children. Until September 16. thejamjar, behind Dubai Garden Centre, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).