19 new art exhibitions in Dubai this week

'Column' at Gallery Etemad and 'Magical Narratives' at NM

Wednesday November 28

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).

Sara Al Haddad
This emerging Emirati artist takes on the latest artists’ residency at the Ductac Gallery of Light. Her 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).

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

Thursday 29

The Beauty of Arabic Calligraphy
Showcasing the artwork of Arabic and Iranian artists, with more than 90 works that include traditional and contemporary calligraphy from famous calligraphers.
Until December 19. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 345 0900).

Piston Heads
A unique exhibition featuring the works of 15 UAE-based artists from a wide range of ages, nationalities and artistic styles. The artists have each customised a plain white vintage motorbike helmet.
Until December 10. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0490).

Friday 30

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).

Submissions for Sikka Art Fair 2013
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority is now inviting submissions for emerging Emirati and UAE-based visual and performing artists for the 2013 edition of the Bastakiya-based Sikka Art Fair. Interested? Submit your proposal on the website.
Until December 23. www.sikka.ae

Saturday December 1

Collision by Moataz Nasr
In this exhibition, Egyptian multimedia 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).

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 2

NATIONAL DAY! Free National Day screenings of Arabian theatrical production Freej Folklore
Ductac is treating audiences to free screenings of the largest Arabian theatrical production of all time, Freej Folklore, in both English and Arabic.
Free. English show 3pm (doors open 2.30pm); Arabic show 6pm (doors open 5.30pm). Kilachand Studio Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

NATIONAL DAY! Dubai Culture & Arts Authority photo exhibition
To mark the 41st National Day today, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority’s exhibition invites you to step back in time and experience the journey of the UAE’s history.
Until December 5. Union House, corner of 2nd of December Street and Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Mina, www.dubaiculture.ae (no number).

Monday 3

Carrara and more
Renowned German photo artist Bertram Kober presents a series of images showcasing the surrounding area of 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 questions 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).

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.
Until December 31. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).

Tuesday 4

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).

Magical Narratives
A group exhibition of 15 acclaimed miniature painters from Pakistan. The exhibition runs from today until Thursday December 6 at DIFC, then until the end of the year at NM Art Gallery. It reflects upon the use of visual narratives as a bonding force in cultural and cross-cultural contexts.
Until December 31. NM Art Gallery, The House of Zunn Showroom, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 626 5270).

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

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.
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, looked after Fawlty Towers-style by Sybil, Basil and Manuel.
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
Catch Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghostly novel, which 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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