Dubai Canvas Don’t miss the last few days of this annual event with varying artistic themes each year. Visitors will see a number of optical illusions created by artists from around the world. Free. 4pm-10pm. Until March 7. The Beach, JBR (052 899 9973).
The Cripple of Inishmaan Set on the remote island of Inishmaan, off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, home to a sparse collection of excitement-starved islanders, news filters through that an American film crew are visiting the neighbouring island of Inishmore. Cripple Billy is determined to audition and have the chance to go to Hollywood but this bittersweet comedy has a devastating end as is the way with anything McDonagh writes for stage or screen. Dhs55-85. March 4-7, 7.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
GPP Photo Friday The event will feature seminars, talks and panel discussions with some of the world’s top photographers. It includes a total of 16 classes, each 90 minutes long, that will equip photography enthusiasts with the knowledge and experience needed to go out into the world and take professional-quality pictures that tell stories or more. 9.30pm-5.30pm. Conference Centre, Block 1 Dubai Knowledge Village (04 380 8545).
In the Shadow of the Pyramids A series of photographs by British/Egyptian photographer Laura El-Tantawy, this series began in 2005 when she was compelled to explore the essence of Egyptian identity in the hope of coming to terms with her own. Guided by childhood memories, her photographs are not meant to be objective observations of a nation, but rather personal reflections of Egypt through her own eyes. Until April 4. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
John Pepper’s Pop-up Exhibition This two-week exhibition will present a selection of works from three projects: ‘Rome 1969 – An Hommage to Italian Neo-Realist Cinema’, ‘Sans Papier’ and ‘Evaporations’. The first features new prints of vintage images capturing Rome during the last years of a post-First World War generation. Until March 14. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (043 790 940).
A Public Privacy The inaugural exhibition brings together new works by a group of emerging Emirati, GCC and locally based artists. It addresses issues of self-positioning in the public arena, and of the mediation between the private sphere that is dominated by traditional values – both on an individual and a collective scale – and the public context. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue designed by Brusselssprout Curatorial Magazine and enriched by essays and contributions by local and international scholars. Until April 8. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Driven by storms (Ali’s Boat) A solo exhibition by Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, the exhibition comprises a series of large-scale paintings, charcoal drawings, artist diary sketches and stop-motion video animation. It addresses the vulnerability of human existence and speaks of loss, exile, fragmentation and displacement. Curated by Nat Muller, the show premiers a new body of work that the artist has grouped around the theme of ‘Ali’s Boat’, based on a drawing his young nephew, Ali, gave him on a family visit to Baghdad in 2009. Until April 30. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).