16 new art exhibitions in Dubai this week

'Carrara and more' at J+A Gallery and Ashleigh Manley at Artinhouse

Thursday 15

Artinhouse with Ashleigh Manley
The acclaimed Australian artist returns for his third annual art exhibition at the venue. Known for vibrant watercolours, influenced by his extensive travels, Manley showcases a catalogue of paintings depicting locations from Venice to Australia.
Until November 27. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, Oud Metha (04 336 6000).

Friday 16

Creative writing with Hayley Doyle
The UK author hosts a series of regular classes, looking at a broad range of writing skills, from short stories to novels.
Dhs750 for six 90-minute classes. Until December 10. Traffic Art Gallery, Al Quoz (055 104 0538).

Saturday 17

LA-based Iranian artist Hayv Kahraman presents a new body of work that tackles the complex relationships between gender and identity, and the perception of self within the demands of society. Her works depict fragmented women.
Until November 29. The Third Line, Street no 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Eyes of a Woman Festival
A group exhibition featuring seven European and Russian artists and six Middle Eastern and Indian artists. It focuses on encounters, exchange and the notion of common identity linked to culture. The show explores 12 disciplines, including painting, photography, mixed media, graffiti, video, installation, music, singing and dance.
Until December 13. Alliance Française, Street 18, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

Sunday 18

Column by Sheree Hovsepian
The Iranian artist shows her first exhibition in Dubai, exploring the nature of photography as an artistic medium in relation to form and sculpture.
Until January 6. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).

In Design
A showcase of more than 100 artworks, including paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, video material and machine drawings by internationally acclaimed artists such as Yom de Saint Phalle, Gerard Paire, Lucas Surtie, Andre C Meyerhans, Nicolas d’Olce, Laure Calvie and Val Mace. Artworks from famous artists such as Arman, Charly Bounan and Victor Vasarely are also on display.
Until November 21. Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (050 322 6418).

Small Artworks
This exhibition features 50 small works that each explore themes of land and cityscape. The pieces were each selected based on their size, and highlight the various styles and techniques used by artists including Fereydoun Ave, Afsoon, Zubin Amiri and more.
Until November 20. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Al Quoz 1, Street 4b, between Times Square Centre and Al Tayer Motors (04 347 5050).

Monday 19

Sara Al Haddad
This emerging Emirati artist takes on the latest artist’s residency at the Ductac Gallery of Light. The artist’s work focuses on an exploration of typically female and domestic handcrafts.
Until December 12. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Speaking in Stone
Featuring master sculptors of Zimbabwe, this group show includes eight gifted artists. Each presents a unique expression of the interconnection between material, spirit and art, a relationship that continues to be ‘culturally authentic’ and focused on fundamental human experiences.
Until November 28. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).

The Silk Road
The exhibition features ancient works of art spanning the Middle East to the Far East. Items on display include ancient scroll paintings, porcelain ceramics and glassware, from countries such as Japan, China and Persia.
Until December 23. Farjam Collection Gallery, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Tuesday 20

A Permanent Record For Future Investigation
Curated by New York-based artist Kamrooz Aram, this show features the work of Nazgol Ansarinia, Talia Chetrit, Iman Issa, Mehreen Murtaza, and Hajra Waheed. Each of the artists uses image-making as a means to negotiate the question of representation.
Until January 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).

Project Space: Learning by Heart
Iranian artist Arwa Abouon’s latest exhibition explores a private journey in spirituality, personal dynamics and human nature’s quest to understand faith. Her photographic series draws from her own experiences and reflection, and attempts to articulate abstract notions such as human emotion and relationship with faith.
Until November 29. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Zoulikha Bouabdellah
The artist’s new exhibition, ‘Any Resemblance to Actual Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental’, explores social realities and issue of womanhood, using multi-textural techniques such as dripping hot wax, slashing paper.
Until December 5. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).

This week’s theatre

Sweeney Todd auditions
Ductac’s Spotlight Academy will bring Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s dark play to the stage in April 2013. Auditions take place on Friday November 16; they’re free and open to those aged 12 and over. Call to register.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

The Sleeping Beauty
Moscow City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s magical classic, featuring some of Russia’s best young dancers. There are two performances a day until Saturday November 17.
Dhs180-300. November 15 4pm and 8pm; November 16-17 3pm and 7.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

The Woman In Black
From Wednesday November 21, Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghostly novel comes to Dubai for ten nights. The show has already been seen by more than seven million people in London’s West End.
November 21-30 11am, 2pm and 8pm. The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

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