Apply for the Watermill-Arte
East Residency Artists, art practitioners and institutions based in the Middle East are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Watermill-ArteEast residency, supported by the Watermill Centre in Long Island, New York. The successful entrant will win a US-based residency from January to June 2013. They will receive funding for travel and accommodation and will be expected to give a talk on the work done while in residence. Those interested should visit the website and submit their work before Friday June 1.
Colours of Eternity
This vibrant exhibition showcases the works of three well-known Russian artists, including Alexandr Filippov, Albert Tsamaladz and watercolour expert Alexandr Matiash. Each of the artists has a classical style, and their colourful works depict nature and landscapes.
Until May 31. Wafi Mall Gallery Area, Khan Murjan, Wafi (04 447 0576).
Modern Indian Art
Featuring the varied works of 15 international-scale contemporary Indian artists, including MF Husain, Jamini Roy, Krishen Khanna and Ajolie Ela Menon.
Until June 15. ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, opposite Jumeirah Mosque (04 345 0900).
Moments Shared: The Treasured Temporary
Iraqi-born, London-raised artist Alia Dawood’s latest exhibition touches on the temporary, passing moments she has captured and experienced while in Dubai.
Until May 31. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0950).
Seven artists from across the region feature in this show, which looks at the varying ways in which contemporary Middle Eastern artists incorporate text into their works.
Until July 21. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).
Emirati pop artist Khawla Al Marri’s quirky exhibition depicts seven of her closest friends and the inner strength that they embody.
Until June 2. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
This striking solo exhibition by Emirati artist Mohammed Kanoo features topical pop art-style images with a humorous nod to local references. In several of the works, Kanoo draws inspiration from world-famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Katsushika Hokusai.
Until July 5. Meem Gallery, take a U-turn at the third set of traffic lights next to Marina Interior Design and it’s halfway on main road, next to Presotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Respect to Time
The new DIFC gallery’s launch exhibition features photographic works, sculptures and paintings by emerging and international-scale Iranian artists.
Until June 16. RIRA Gallery, Gate Village 3, lower level, DIFC (04 369 9339).
Iranian artist Niloufar Banisadr presents an interesting solo exhibition of photographs featuring beach towels imprinted with the figures of the people that lay upon them.
Until June 7. Cuadro Fine Art, Gate Village 10, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision: Owen Jones
Don’t miss this rare exhibition in Sharjah. It takes inspiration from treasures that make up the V&A (Victoria and Albert) collection to tell the story of 19th-century architect and explorer Owen Jones, who is known to have introduced elements of Islamic design into Britain.
Open Fri 4pm-8pm. Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah (06 565 5455).
Outdoor Art Project
An al-fresco exhibition launched by Dubai Culture and Dubai Properties Group, featuring the structural works of 12 UAE artists.
Until September 1. The Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 515 5004).
FunFilm Factory: An Introduction to Animation
Experienced animator Myles Cummings is holding a course for aspiring animators and cartoonists every Saturday over five weeks (the course started on Saturday May 5). Individual classes can be booked for Dhs400 each, which includes lunch.
10am-5pm. Until June 9. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (055 774 1306).
Students Exhibition: 2D and 3D
This annual mixed-media exhibition features the varied work of Dubai International Art Centre’s students.
Until June 16. Gallery 76, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road, near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Through the Looking Glass
In her debut solo exhibition, Emirati photographer Lamya Gargash focuses on identity, perception and acceptance in today’s society. Her subjects have all been shot looking at their reflection in a mirror where they must face their exaggerated imperfections, which are distorted and magnified using protheses. The artist cites US conceptual portrait artist Cindy Sherman as a major influence on her work.
Until June 30. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Syrian artist Kevork Mourad works mainly in black and white, showing his heritage through his use of mosaic-style patterns, and using the monochrome landscape to create a message about war and the cruelty of humanity.
Until June 21. Courtyard Gallery, Interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Sense and Sensibilities
Egyptian artist Hend El Falafly touches on the emotions expressed and body language used by women. She uses facial expressions, movements of the hands and feet and clothes to reveal tension and repressed emotions.
Until June 19. Art Sawa, Gate Village, DIFC (04 386 2366).
It’s No Longer About Me
Up-and-coming Syrian painter Mohannad Orabi presents a solo exhibition that focuses on the concept of self awareness. In this series, his subjects are forced to come to terms with themselves, their situations and the events around them.
Until June 16. Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Gate Village 3 (04 439 2395).
The Line of Life
Skilled Turkish artist and drawer Gulay Semercio˘glu uses wires, wood and screws to create minimalist-style line-driven artworks that are brought to life with changes to light.
Until June 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
A Work of Art
Emirati artists including Alia Al Malik, Anood Obaidly, Hamad Al Falasi, Maitha Al Marri, Shamsa Bin Dasmal, Thuraiya Ismail and Wafa Qasaimi feature in this UAE-centric exhibition, which celebrates the nation’s culture, heritage and traditions via various mediums.
Until September 1. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
French-born Algerian artist Abdelkader Benchamma presents his first solo show in the Middle East. The body of work features fine graphic sketches on paper, as well as three wooden floors that appear to have shattered like glass.
Until July 15. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
I Love You Green
Saudi Arabian artist Hussein Al Mohasen uses graffiti on canvas and inspiration from Arabic music, poetry and calligraphy to reinvent the relationship between spaces and script. His paintings also feature figurative works combining machinery and objects with bold colours.
Until June 14. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village (04 358 5117).