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).
Where Are You Now?
UK artist Vanessa Hodgkinson’s first solo show is curated by Maisa Al Qassimi and provides a unique insight into her bold investigation of Orientalism and the influence of Islamic art.
Until February 5. Project D Gallery, Building 9, Street 6b, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 5339).
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).
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).
Traces of Man
Rameshwar Broota, one of India’s most prominent artists, displays a selection of pieces from his recent photographic work and a rare oil on canvas from 1999.
Until January 4. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
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.
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).
Iranian Contemporary Art
This group exhibition combines a number of artists with different themes. Those on show include Bahareh Raeesi, Mahnoosh Naderi, Maryam Nikbakhsh and Sepideh Sahar.
Until January 15. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, JLT (04 420 3471).
The 3 Orbs
A collaboration between Bento-Ya restaurant and local photographer Jalal Abuthina to support locally-produced artwork outside conventional art spaces in the city. This quirky exhibition centres around random sightings of three unidentified flying objects that have been appearing throughout Dubai over the past 10 months. The series combines leftfield public installation work and forced camera tricks.
Until December 21. Bento-Ya Kitchen Restaurant, Al Kawakeb Building, Block D, Sheikh Zayed Road, Behind Axiom (04 343 0222).
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).
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).
A Stroke of Genius
Pakistani artist Tahir Bin Qullander uses only one articulate stroke of paint in the main calligraphy element of his works. His approach of sacred writing is embedded with spirituality and mystical elements.
Until December 18. Hamail Art Gallery, 8th Street, Al Quoz 1 (050 918 6969).
Festive Movie Night
Enjoy a screening of Michael Curtiz’s 1954 family-friendly film White Christmas, in which two musical duos team up to save the failing Vermont Inn of their former commanding general. Refreshments will be available.
Free. From 6pm. XVA Hotel, Bastakiya (04 358 5117).
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).
The artist’s new exhibition, ‘Any Resemblance to Actual Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental’, explores social realities and issues 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
Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure
This family-friendly festive show hits the stage from Thursday December 6 to Sunday 9. It transports the audience to Santa’s HQ in the North Pole, featuring magic by Paul Daniels, plus songs, stories and fast-paced adventure.
From Dhs100. Thu 4pm, 6.30pm; Fri-Sat 2pm, 4pm, 6.30pm; Sun 4pm. Until December 9. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).