Art events in Dubai

See a focus on photographer at Pro Art gallery

Wednesday 14

Focus on Photography
This photo exhibition will feature the snaps of masters including Sebastiao Salgado, Robert Capa and Henry Cartier Bresson as well as contemporary artists such as Amr Fekry. It will also feature the famous portrait of Picasso and Francoise Gillot.
Until March 28. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).

Magical Nights: Exhibition of Auction Highlights
Donated works by 41 emerging Iranian artists involved with London organisation Magic of Persia will be on display at Salsali Private Museum to give interested buyers an opportunity to view the works before bidding online. Artworks will then be auctioned on Wednesday March 21.
Until March 21. Salsali Private Museum, Warehouse 14, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).

Microcosms with the Macrocosm, Elements of a Bigger Picture
South African landscape artist Lynette Ten Krooden presents a body of work depicting animals and nature 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).

Stylish Strokes
A one-of a-kind fashion and art-themed event in collaboration with The JamJar Dubai. The musical evening celebrates the freedom of expression in Banana Republic’s ‘Work Different’ philosophy, showcasing photography by Mansoor Bhatti, live art by Gabrielle Tan and more from Jennifer Simon and Mona Fares as they share their spin on ‘Classics With A Twist’. Enjoy 15% off full-priced items from the new Spring Collection.
Free, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Banana Republic, Dubai Mall. Email

Thursday 15

Off the Wall
A selection of international and regional painters will be working live in the Majlis Gallery for 10 days, after which their works will be hung in the gallery.
Until March 25. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Sikka Art Fair
This Bastakiya fair will focus on Emirati and local art. The event will also play host to music performances, food demonstrations, educational activities and an opportunity to watch local artists in residences. On Friday March 16 there will be a family day where children aged three to 13 can participate in workshops. To book a place in the workshops call 04 341 7303.
Until March 25. Free. Bastakiya (04 384 2000). Thursday March 15 5pm-10pm. For all other timings visit

Friday 16

Buy tickets for ArtBus 2012
Purchase tickets for ArtBus 2012, which will run three routes daily throughout Thursday March 22 to Saturday March 24, to the best galleries and exhibitions within Dubai’s biggest art hubs Jumeirah, Bastakiya and DIFC.
Dhs50 per person.

Saturday 17

Flea-Ing Me
This 45-metre banner project by artist Lara Baladi will adorn the façade of The Pavilion in Downtown Dubai. The banner acts as a visual timeline of the artist’s career.
Until March 2013. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Nuqat design conference
This six-day design-focused seminar will include lectures by guest speakers at The Atrium in DIFC, plus workshops covering design areas including jewellery-making and graphic design at Tashkeel.
Dhs750 for one full day of lectures, Dhs1,835 for one full day of workshops. Buy online at

Yousef Ahmad
The acclaimed Qatari artist presents a solo exhibition of mixed media works that are inspired by the landscape of the desert and incorporate Arabic calligraphy.
Until April 13. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0820).

Sunday 18

Design Days Dubai
This vintage furniture fair will showcase rare and limited edition high-end collectibles by 22 regional and international design galleries, including the newly opened Al Quoz venue La Galerie Nationale, at a specially-created hub underneath the Burj Khalifa. There will also be design-based seminars and workshops.
Until March 21. Dhs50 per person, free for students upon presentation of ID. Open Sun-Mon 4pm-10pm; Tue 12pm-6pm; Wed 2pm-8pm. Ladies’ Day Sunday March 18 2pm-4pm is free (04 425 8747).

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

Lebanese Rocket Society
Lebanese artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige will showcase three new bodies of work that relate to an archive of images and history in the region, with a focus on the period during the ’60s.
Until April 19. The Third Line, Near the Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Nothing Beats the Blunderbuss
Showcase Gallery will reopen in Alserkal Avenue with an exhibition by UK street artist Amartey Golding. His charcoal sketchings will showcase his expertise with photo montage.
Until April 18. Showcase Gallery, unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1. For info visit

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

Monday 19

In this group exhibition, six up-and-coming female Emirati artists have created artworks inspired by the abaya, reflecting on their own interpretation of the traditional Emirati garment.
Until April 20. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Art and Coffee Morning: GHiii art inspirations
Join Austrian graphic artist Gerald Huber in a discussion about his expertise of GHiii Art.
Dhs40. Until March 19. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Intercontinental, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Art Nights
This community event on will offer art-lovers the chance to mingle among the new exhibition openings at DIFC, see live art and music and enjoy canapés and drinks in an alfresco setting.
7pm-9pm. Gate Village, DIFC (04 362 2222).

Bliss, spirituality in everyday life
Famous Dutch trend forecaster and design expert Lidewij Edelkoort will lead this private seminar at a new creative space in Alserkal Avenue.
Dhs500 per person. 11am-4pm. FN Designs, unit 26, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1. Register online at

The Throne
Syrian artist Othman Moussa presents a solo exhibition with influences of 17th century realism: throne-like chairs are draped with Oriental carpets, in which sit inanimate objects such as a butternut squash and a propane tank.
Until April 24. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

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).

Truth of the Matter
Lahore-based artists Ehsan ul Haq and Iqra Tanveer will have the duty of opening this brand new gallery with an exhibition featuring sculptural-style installations. Each of the artist’s deal with the perception of time and existence.
Until April 19. Grey Noise, unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 175 2080).

Tuesday 20

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

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