High-design vintage furniture haunt La Galerie Nationale (which also has a location in Paris) is currently showing contemporary artworks by renowned Iraqi artist Sarmad Al-Mussawi. The pieces aim to bring a regional touch to the gallery and complement the high-design furniture items already on display. Al-Mussawi’s work spans mediums including canvas, ceramics and traditional Islamic calligraphy.
Until July 31. La Galerie Internationale, Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (055 289 7825).
Summer workshops at DIAC
Staying in Dubai over summer? Want to learn something new? Dubai International Art Centre is holding workshops throughout July, including sculpture (Dhs630 for four sessions), and oil, acrylic and watercolour painting (Dhs200 for two sessions). Call for more info, pricing and timings.
Ongoing. Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Treasure of Holy Koran
This Ramadan-inspired exhibition features Qur’anic calligraphy works from Pakistani artists including Zulfiqar Ali and Tahir Bin Quallander to name a few. The show-stopper is a 5.4m semi-abstract piece.
Until August 31. Hamail Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).
This thought-provoking exhibition brings together current works from Pakistani and global artists, whose pieces examine the concept of vacuum and identity. Curated by Umer Butt.
Until September 1. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0764).
Artspace summer show 2012
Regional artists including Yousef Ahmed, Mohamed Abu El Naga and Joe Kesrouani feature in this exhibition that touches on the sacred and the surreal.
Until July 31. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).
Original Art and Art Furniture Harmony
Jomaylia Interior and Furniture has joined with Art Couture to create a unique exhibition featuring original pieces that have been turned into functional art.
Until August 28. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (050 598 8206).
Summer photography workshop
Want to learn a new skill? Ian Hardie is holding five-day beginner and intermediate classes at Pink Pepper Photography throughout July, covering topics including composition and lighting.
Dhs800. Until August 2. Pink Pepper Photography, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0437).
Urban Epidermis: A Journey of Dilapidation
The works featured in this solo exhibition by Vikram Divecha comment on the relationship that people have with their urban surroundings, and how each affects the other. It should make for interesting viewing.
Until September 1. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
When the Lights Went Off We Saw
Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo exhibition touches on the notions of abstract light and features enlarged images of partial photographic negatives that have been overexposed and tainted with leaked light. The images stir questions about the lost potential of photos that never were.
Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Hothouse Dubai: wedding photography workshop by Oly Ruiz
This exhibition is crafted to teach photographers the techniques and knowledge that have made the Metrophoto brand what it is today. Classes take place over two days: today and tomorrow.
Dhs1,450. 9am-5pm. Until July 28. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 942 5487), www.timeouttickets.com
International Radio Playwriting Competition
The British Council, in collaboration with BBC World Service, is inviting non-UK residents to write and submit a radio play of 53 minutes in length on any subject. The winners will receive Dhs11,000 and a trip to London to see their play being recorded.
For further info or to apply, see the website below. Until July 31. www.bbcworldservice.com/radioplay.
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).
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).
Made In Tashkeel
This annual group exhibition showcases the work of local artists, Tashkeel members, workshop participants and recent exhibiting artists across a variety of mediums.
Until August 30. Tashkeel, near Nad Al Sheba police station (04 336 3313).
More Café digital photo competition
Want to win a digital photo course, a brunch or an afternoon tea? More Café is running a competition in which UAE residents (adults, teens and kids) are invited to submit photos that embody the theme ‘summer fun’. Get snapping and see if you can impress the judges.
Closing date August 30. www.ductac.org/more.
Taste Binds the Tribe
A group exhibition featuring the works of established Zimbabwean artist Daryl Nero and Mozambique’s late woodblock print artist Isaac Sithole.
Until September 1. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).
Traffic’s walk-in studio sessions and workshops
Traffic’s ‘open-concept’ studio provides tools, training and space for members of the community to work on their individual projects, or to collaborate on group projects. It invites all makers, artists and craftsmen to join the collective, share resources and knowledge to build and make things, as well as take part in introductory workshops.
Check out the Fashion Atelier Training (Sun-Thu, 10am-7pm), and the Laser Cutting Workshop (Sat 3pm-7pm, Tue 5pm-7pm). Until July 31. 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).
OPUS 5 Caad
A group of 25 artists from the faculty members of the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah feature in this mixed-media exhibition. The artworks span mediums including graphic design, photography, illustration, print, video, installation and sculpture.
Until August 8. Sharjah Art Museum, Bait Al Serkal Al Shuwaiheyn, Sharjah (06 568 8222).
Wet Dog Contemporary Iranian artist
Farzan Sadjadi presents an honest body of work that is inspired by the forgotten, lost village of Mar in the harsh climates of central Iran. Often using wet dogs as his central subjects, the duality of life is a main theme and he captures the daily struggles of an abandoned and isolated region.
Until September 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
A Work of Art
Emirati artists feature in this UAE-centric exhibition at Downtown Dubai’s Ara Gallery.
Until September 1. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Iranian artist Fereydoon Omidi’s homage to Persian calligraphy features delicate large-scale works that play on the beauty of the ancient art form. He uses fluid movements to create dreamlike works.
Until September 10. XVA Gallery, Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).