Art exhibitions in Dubai

'Artography' at Art Couture and 'Magical Sands' at Arsh Art Gallery

Wednesday August 29

Enter the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award
UAE residents are invited to submit their art for the seventh instalment of these prestigious awards. Winners will win a substantial cash prize, which will act as a great springboard for their career.
Deadline for entries: Thursday November 1.

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).

Treasures of Holy Qur’an
This Ramadan-inspired exhibition features Qur’anic calligraphy works from Pakistani artists including Zulfiqar Ali and Tahir Bin Qalander, among other artworks. The show-stopper is an 18-foot 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. It’s curated by Umer Butt.
Until September 1. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0764).

Thursday 30

Urban Epidermis: A Journey of Dilapidation
The works in this solo exhibition by Vikram Divecha comment on the relationship that people have with their urban surroundings, using reconstructed pieces of road.
Until September 1. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).

Friday 31

Outdoor Art Project
Step outside (if you dare!) to enjoy this eye-catching al-fresco exhibition launched by Dubai Culture and Dubai Properties Group, featuring the intriguing structural works of 12 UAE artists. Artworks on display all have a local context and include graffiti-style street art, works using construction materials, such as plastic netting, and large-scale works incorporating metals, lanterns and other iconic Arabic items. An exciting exhibition. Remember to lather up with sun cream.
Until September 1. The Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 515 5004).

Submissions for Artists in Residence 2013
Bastakiya programme Emirati artists and international curators are invited to apply for the Artists in Residence 2013 programme, held in Bastakiya from Monday January 7 to Sunday March 31 2013, to coincide with Art Week. Six artists will be chosen to work together in the Bastakiya studio spaces, followed by an exhibition at Sikka Art Fair in March 2013.
Until September 16. For more information and to apply, visit or email

When the Lights Went Off
We Saw Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo show touches on the notions of abstract light. It features enlarged images of partial photo negatives that have been overexposed and tainted with leaked light, posing questions about the lost potential of photos that never were. A vivid, inspiring twist on modern photography.
Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Saturday September 1

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 Sara Naim. 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).

Taste Binds the Tribe
A group exhibition featuring two established African artists: Zimbabwean painter 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).

Sunday 2

This group exhibition brings together the works of two unique photographers: George Shahda from Syria, and Peppe Tuccillo from Italy. In ‘Dynamic Ornaments’, Shahda reveals the intriguing human presence of his compositions, while ‘I Know the Silence… and I Love It’ highlights Tuccillo’s eye for detail. Snippets of Cynthia Reta Richards’ ongoing one-year project, ‘Countless Blessings’, are also on display.
Until September 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

Iranian Artists and Taha Behbahani’s Bronze Sculptures
Masterpieces from five Iranian artists are currently being exhibited at this Jumeirah Lakes Towers gallery. You’ll also find pieces by famous Iranian sculptor Taha Behbahani, including his ‘Hou Hagh’ and ‘Lock and bird’ collections.
Until August 31. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 420 3471).

Wet Dog
Contemporary Iranian artist Farzan Sadjadi presents a body of work inspired by the forgotten 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).

Monday 3

Magical Sands
Dubai-based Iranian photographer Borna Ahadi’s collection of black-and-white photos depicts the landscapes of the seven emirates, including places such as Jebel Hafeet and Hatta. The 35 shots, which
were taken from 2009 onwards, show the beauty of the desert and all its complexities.
Until September 12. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 420 3471).

The Ivy Museum at The Boulevard
The space outside the exclusive British restaurant is displaying artworks by local artist Clair Stuart-Menteth (of Harrods London fame), plus art from Hamail Art Galleries that is relevant to the Holy Month.
Until August 31. Outside The Ivy, The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).

Tuesday 4

Artinhouse with Radu Tesaro
Czech artist Radu Tesaro presents 20 oil-on-canvas works inspired by her travels to Africa and the Middle East. The collection includes portraits and landscapes with African influences, plus works influenced by Dubai’s love of horse-racing, wildlife and architecture.
Until September 15. Artinhouse, First Floor, Mövenpick Deira (04 336 6000).

A Work of Art
Emirati artists feature in this UAE-centric exhibition at Downtown Dubai’s Ara Gallery. The show celebrates the nation’s culture, heritage and traditions via various mediums.
Until September 1. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Demolition Iranian artist
Fereydoon Omidi’s homage to Persian calligraphy features delicate artworks that play on the beauty of this ancient art form. He uses fluid movements to create dreamlike works.
Until September 10. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber
London-based artist Derek Ogbourne’s latest body of work, being exhibited in Sharjah, is themed around the fear of a sudden death and focuses on mortality and vision. Created in 2007, this exhibition stemmed from an idea that an image can be imprinted on the retina at the exact moment of death.
Until October 3. Collections Building, Sharjah Arts Area, Sharjah Art Foundation (06 568 5050).

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