19 art exhibitions in Dubai this week

'Silence' at Ayyam Gallery and 'Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience'

Wednesday 21

Carrara and more
Renowned German photo artist Bertram Kober presents a series of images showcasing the surrounding area of famous Italian town Carrara, and the stone quarry that has been used for more than 3,000 years. It links marble as a material for art and design and raises questions as to how we interact in a world of mass consumption.
Until January 9. J+A Gallery, Sheikh Zayed Road exit 43, near Noor Islamic Bank metro station, beside RAW Coffee and 4 Walls Art Gallery (055 395 0495).

Syrian artist Khaled Takreti departs from his usual colour-heavy canvases, and presents a subdued palette, which depicts his current emotional state in the wake of the turmoil facing his country.
Until November 29. Ayyam Gallery, Building 3, DIFC Gate Village (04 439 2395).

Thursday 22

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).

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 and incorporate raw hide inlay.
Until November 29. The Third Line, Street no 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Friday 23

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. Classes begin in January – book now.
Dhs750 for six 90-minute classes. Traffic Art Gallery, Al Quoz (055 104 0538).

Saturday 24

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).

Collision by Moataz Nasr
In this exhibition, Egyptian multi-media artist Moataz Nasr invites the viewer to look within the various strands that make up life in contemporary Cairo. He translates his observations into the universal language of human despair, suffering, love and hope.
Until January 10. Lawrie Shabibi. Alserkal Avenue, Unit 21, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Sunday 25

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).

Iran: RPM
Previously launched at Saatchi Gallery in London, this exhibition provides insight into the history of Iranian film soundtracks during the ’60s and ’70s. It includes a selection of graphic artworks from vinyl covers belonging to albums from that period.
Until November 29. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Unit 14 (04 380 9600).

Piston Heads
A unique exhibition featuring the works of 15 artists living and working in the UAE from a wide range of ages, nationalities and artistic styles. The artists have each customised a plain white vintage motorbike helmet to showcase their individual style.
Until December 10. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Unit 26 (04 379 0490).

Monday 26

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 a range of master sculptors hailing from 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’.
Until November 28. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).

Tammam Azzam’s street art-style solo exhibition features digital and installation works that offer political commentary on the current situation in Syria. Each room of the gallery has been set aside for different series, each depicting a particular area of the country.
Until December 31. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).

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.
Until December 23. Farjam Collection Gallery, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Tuesday 27

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.
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

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
An evening of John Cleese-inspired laughs, courtesy of an acclaimed cast. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal, be looked after Fawlty Towers-style by Sybil, Basil and Manuel. Be prepared to spend two hours in hysterics.
Lunch show Dhs295; dinner show Dhs395 with welcome beverage. Mon-Thu 7.15pm; Fri 1pm, 7.15pm. Until December 4. Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa, opposite Dubai Museum, Bur Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

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

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