Art events in Dubai

See this week's best exhibitions and shows

Wednesday 7

Artist in Residence: Rebecca Rendell
Inquisitive art lovers are invited to visit the temporary studio of Dubai-based artist in residence Rebecca Rendell, as she pursues research to create a large-scale installation. Public visits welcome between 4pm-6pm Mon-Thu.
Until March 15. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Dubai’s literature event continues, and this week’s guests include One Day author David Nicholls, local author Linda Davies and best-selling American author of The Notebook Nicholas Sparks. Tickets can be bought online at or at WHSmith at Oasis Centre.
Prices and timings vary. Until March 10.

Flower Power 2.0
Quirky Dutch artist Gaby Gaby presents a comic-style multimedia exhibition in which he meshes iconic symbols from pop culture with politics, sports and fashion.
Until March 10. Mojo Gallery, 33 Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

GPP 2012
This six-day photo festival will see 13 international photographers descend on the city to lend their expertise through seminars and workshops. Big names include American photojournalist David Burnett. Prices vary. Until March 10. Gulf Photo Plus, various locations. For venue and ticket info see

Jazz From Paradise
An exhibition of 25 hand-made Persian carpets from Dr Farhad Farjam’s collection. This display follows on from an earlier exhibition of Safavid carpets.
Until March 13. The Farjam Collection, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Microcosms with the Macrocosm, Elements of a Bigger Picture
South African landscape artist Lynette Ten Krooden presents a body of work depicting jellyfish, rock structures, mineral deposits and the night sky on large canvases.
Until March 25. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

The State: Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon
Touching on subjects such as master and slave relations, this show attempts to understand mechanisms of power.
Until March 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Thursday 8

Art Contemporary 2012
This group show features three artists with varying styles, including photographer and creator of GHiiii Art Gerard Huber, life drawing artist Corine Pagny and expressionist artist Cynthia Reta Richards.
Until March 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Documentary of Sea
This exhibition features the canvas, video and photographic works of 10 Iranian artists, with the common theme of the sea.
Until March 15. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 353 5383).

Egyptian artist and university lecturer Marwa Adel’s bold photographs explore themes such as conflict, contradiction and antagonism. She frequently illustrates the repression of women in her own culture through the use of the bare human body.
Until March 12. Art Sawa, Gate Village, DIFC (04 386 2366).

No Subject...!
A group exhibition featuring 10 young Iranian artists across mediums including paintings, sculptures and photographs.
Until March 12. 1x1 Art Gallery, Warehouse No 4, Al Quoz 1 (04 341 1287).

Friday 9

NEW Buy tickets for ArtBus 2012
Tickets can now be bought for ArtBus 2012, which will run three routes daily from Thursday March 22 to Saturday 24, visiting the best galleries and exhibitions within Jumeirah, Bastakiya and DIFC.
Dhs50 per person.

Saturday 10

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).

I Can Imagine You Without Your Home
Palestinian artist Hazem Harb presents his debut Dubai exhibition of black-and-white photographs that document the plight of Gaza during the recent conflict and explore the invasion of privacy.
Until March 14. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

Women of the UAE
Acclaimed Australian fashion, beauty and lifestyle photographer Charney Magri presents an exhibition that depicts the diversity of the UAE’s female population, to coincide with International Women’s Day on Thursday March 8. 6pm-8pm.
Until March 10, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Sunday 11

I Came, I Saw, I Captured
Dubai-based Palestinian artist presents a series of photographs which tell the story of her travels.
Until March 31. Momentum Dubai, DIFC (04 327 4320).

Soul Rebel
Renowned photojournalist David Burnett presents an exhibition of iconic portraits of late reggae artist Bob Marley.
Until April 5. Gulf Photo Plus, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

The Black Garment: An Oriental Story
Cultural development ambassador HH Sheikha Fatima Bint
Hazza’ Bin Zayed Al Nahyan presents her debut exhibition of photograms that depict the national dress in a different light.
Until March 13. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Monday 12

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

Open Studio Atelier: The Tension of Balance
Thejamjar’s artist in residence, Rebecca Rendell, again invites you into her workspace to share ideas and assist with her current project ‘The Tension of Balance’. Ages 18+. Registration required – call the number below.
Dhs50. 6pm-8pm. Until March 12. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).

The Samawi Collection II
This must-see exhibition will feature over 60 contemporary Middle Eastern works as well as three installations from the private collections of Khaled and Hisham Samawi.
Until April 26. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Ave, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).

Tuesday 13

Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey and Nicola Rosini Di Santi
This exhibition will showcase two prominent European artists: French artist Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey’s comedic Baroque-style pieces and Italian-born Nicola Rosini Di Santi’s intelligent sculptures.
Until March 30. Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).

Yim Tae Kyu
In this solo exhibition, Korean artist Yim Tae Kyu uses his child-like images to portray social outcasts in a new light, giving them oversized heads and bodies, while their perceived hardships float around them.
Until March 17. Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).

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