Art exhibitions in Dubai

Art shows and photography from June 13 to 19

Wednesday 13

It’s Raining Confetti
In this colourful exhibition, Russian artist Daria Blizhenskaya uses a kaleidoscope of palettes to play on an abstract vision of reality.
Until June 30. Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 (04 349 9922).

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).

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).

Text Me
This show features seven artists from across the region, each looking 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).

Thursday 14

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).

On-camera scene study workshop
Greg White, the award-winning director of indie horror flick Separation, is holding a four-day course that aims to help aspiring actors to prepare for film, TV and commercials. Participants must be aged over 18. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate and performance video for their demo reel. Class size is limited to 12 people.
Dhs3,500 per person. 7pm-10pm, June 14, 16, 21, 22. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates,

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).

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).

Friday 15

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 intriguing structural works of 12 UAE artists.
Until September 1. The Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 515 5004).

Saturday 16

Confluence… a journey within
Mahaweb for Beautiful People, the Dubai-based arts organisation for young adults with special needs, is holding a one-day exhibition featuring a new collection of insightful artworks from 16 young artists. The exhibition will then travel to Gallery Bozana Milic in the Netherlands.
4pm-7pm. Raffles Ballroom, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).

Corrupted Theories
French-born Algerian artist Abdelkader Benchamma presents his first solo show in the Middle East. It 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).

GPP Limited Dubai photography haven
Gulf Photo Plus has launched an initiative in which it displays and sells affordable photo prints by local and international artists, including Ali Alriffai, Katarina Premfors, Sara Naim, Gregory Heisler and Steve Simon. The collection is refreshed every two to three months and prints are priced from Dhs375 to Dhs2,500.
Ongoing. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).

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 to face their exaggerated imperfections, which are distorted and magnified using protheses.
Until June 30. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Sunday 17

After Spring
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).

Fun w/Fen
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).

Monday 18

Crossing the Emirates II
Emerging UAE artists and their mentors feature in this locally inspired exhibition of works by students studying arts at Zayed University. Mediums include photography, video, sculpture and digital media. The show is a conceptual exploration of the diversity in the UAE.
Until June 29. FN Designs, Unit 26, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1,

Follow the Leader
Renowned Syrian photographer Ammar Abd Rabbo presents a body of work featuring 15 rare photographs of Arab and international leaders and dictators, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
Until July 12. Ayyam Gallery, Podium Level, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

The Line of Life
Skilled Turkish artist Gulay Semercio˘glu uses wires, wood and screws to create minimalist-style line-driven artworks that are brought to life with innovative lighting.
Until June 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

Tuesday 19

A Work of Art
Emirati artists including Alia Al Malik, Shamsa Bin Dasmal, Alanood Obaidly, 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).

Butterflies and Blooms
In this solo exhibition, locally based Canadian artist Cynthia Reta Richards pays tribute to famous 20th-century artist Georgia O’Keefe, who took flower painting to a new level in the ’20s. Reta, inspired
by O’Keefe’s works, has painted large-scale flowers and butterflies using ink and acrylics.
Until June 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

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).

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