Art events in Dubai

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Wednesday 8

Colours of a Beating Heart
Inspired by music, Dubai-based French artist and muralist Julie Dalloz presents a visually engaging solo exhibition full of movement and life.
Until February 20. The Fridge, Al Quoz 4 (04 347 7793).

Epiphytes Belgian artist
Jean-Luc Moerman presents a multimedia show of paper-based works and pieces on stainless steel sheets.
Until March 2. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).

Supporting the UAE’s talented illustrators and cartoonists, this exhibition will feature 28 UAE-based artists with styles ranging from caricatures to fine art.
Until February 29. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 6467).

A conceptual exhibition by German-born artist Al Braithwaite featuring items such as feathers, mirrors, scrunched-up pages of books, antiques, cigarette packs and bric-a-brac.
Until February 13. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Thursday 9

Art Sudan
Celebrating the pioneers of modern Sudanese art, this exhibition features the works of Ibrahim Salahi and Mohammed Omar Khalil.
Until February 29. Meem Gallery, next to Pressotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Five Emirati Artists
This exhibition showcases the works of five female Emirati artists, including Maitha bint Khalid, Raissa Khalifa Al Nabooda and Hanan Serhal.
Until February 22. Dubai International Arts Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).

Jessica Mein
The Brazilian artist’s debut exhibition in the Middle East features five animated videos as well as works on paper, which represent layered states of dreaming and time to alter the viewer’s experience.
Until March 8. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Friday 10

Buy tickets to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Tickets to Dubai’s biggest literature event, which takes place on March 6-10, can be bought online at at WHSmith at Oasis Centre.

See Misery
Catch Darren Day in this stage adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.
Dhs140. 8pm, plus 2pm matinee on February 10-11. Until February 11. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah,

Saturday 11

Fakie 2012
Described as a skateboard ‘dexhibition’, this collaboration between Tashkeel Hub and FN Designs features 30 UAE artists, who were given old skateboards to use as canvases.
Until February 18. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, intersection 1, Street 5 and 20 (04 336 3313).

Free trial
art sessions at DIAC From 10am to 4pm today, Dubai International Arts Centre will open its doors and encourage people to take part in some free art sessions, including wall art at 10am, 3D decoupage and drawing and painting at noon, and pottery and ceramic flowers at 2pm.
Dubai International Arts Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).

Marie Marie, The Devil in Me has Taken You for a Ride
This solo exhibition by Lebanese painter Marwan Sahmarani is a complex personal insight into the artist’s own journey into fatherhood.
Until February 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Sunday 12

A Labour of Light
A fascinating show that documents the plight of a group of abandoned labourers in Sajja, an industrial area in Sharjah, as photographed by themselves. When their employer fled the country during the economic downturn the men were left to fend for themselves in the camp. Prints and postcards will be on sale during the exhibition.
Until February 16. Gulf Photo Plus, Warehouse D36, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Drawing inspiration from the genre of science fiction, where time travel, voyages into space and ideas of what will happen next shape what is really to come in the future, Iranian artist Ala Ebtekar takes events that are actually occurring today and links them to stories and history in the past.
Until March 8. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Memory of a Place
Lebanese artist Nadine Kanso’s nostalgia for her home town of Beirut is depicted in a series of photographs that capture run-down buildings, neighbourhoods and men and women on their balconies.
Until March 7. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).

Mr Passive
Exploring themes such as human interaction and the subconscious, Iranian artist Mehrdad Mohebali’s detailed paintings capture people going about their seemingly mundane daily rituals and invite the viewer to explore a moment frozen in time.
Until February 18. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).

Commenting on the change that brought about the Arab Spring, this solo exhibition by Egyptian artist Wael Darwesh is a series of works that depict what the artist himself witnessed.
Until February 23. Art Sawa, Gate Village Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).

Monday 13

In Army We Trust
Syrian painter Thaier Helal presents recent works which comment on the role of the army in Middle Eastern society.
Until March 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Light From Life
A stunning exhibition showing off the landscape and nature photos of eight regional artists, following a joint expedition to New Zealand to capture the unique natural environment of that region. A small documentary will also run alongside.
Until March 3. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Breathing Space
Moroccan-born Algerian artist Driss Ouadahi’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features a series of paintings depicting the flaws of modern architecture, such as sterile housing developments and wire fencing.
Until March 14. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Tuesday 14

Almost, Maine
This Valentine’s Day, guests will be treated to a performance of romantic comedy Almost Maine at Ductac before they enjoy a five-course meal including a glass of bubbly at K Grill at the nearby Kempinski.
Dhs415 per person. Show only Dhs100. 7.30pm. Continues on February 16, 18 and 19 at Dhs310 for dinner and show. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777),

The State: Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon
Touching on subjects such as master and slave relations and force and conflict, this exhibition uses a panopticon (a building designed so that its inhabitants can be watched without being aware that they are) as a metaphor, and attempts to understand the panopticon as a mechanism of power. Until March 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Acclaimed Turkish photographer Nazif Topçuoglu presents a series of playful and theatrical images, showing young women in medieval-style settings.
Until March 5. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

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