18 great art events in Dubai

Pulitzer-nominated theatre, modern art, Syrian art and more

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Wednesday January 30

Colours of Mathare
This moving photography exhibition by American expat Fiona Petrocelli features photos taken over a two-year period in the Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya. All proceeds go towards Missions of Hope International. The show gives a glimpse into an extraordinary community: the artist has taped out a 1.8m by 2.4m section on the gallery floor, which represents the typical size of a family home in the slums.
Until February 2. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, 75b Street, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 4398).

Figure It Out
Focusing on figure work by French artists Corine Pagny, Yolanda Hessenbrch and Guillame Delormas.
Until February 27. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Street Art in the City
This exhibition showcases the artworks of international street-art legends including Banksy, Salamech, Mau Mau, Shepard Fairey, D’Face, Richard Mirando (aka Seen), British Design Collective, Evil Dr Revolt and Mr Brainwash, plus the UAE’s Saif B Chilmiran.
Until February 13. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Shopping Mall, Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 345 0900).

Thursday 31

6pm in Dubai
A solo photography exhibition from Fatma Al Hashemi that captures the city on the cusp of dusk.
Until February 15. Momentum Dubai, Gate Village, DIFC (04 327 4320).

Life
An exhibition of leading Chinese artists, each with traditional styles. Artists on show include Tian Jun, GengJian, and LiFu.
Ongoing. Corp Executive Hotel Apartments, Barsha 1 (050 697 5146).

Friday February 1

Star Too Creative Workout Weekend workshops
This workshop for applied creative thinking involves mental and low-impact physical warm-ups, right brain activation exercises, object transformation, spatial visualisation, automatic writing, storytelling, blind drawing and ensemble work with others. Members of Emirates Literary Group get a 10 percent discount, as do individuals who have attended a Star Too show in the past five seasons. Call or email to register.
Dhs750. February 1 7pm-9.30pm; February 2 noon-2.30pm. Until February 2. The Fridge Dubai in Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, info@startoodubai.com (050 561 4297).

Saturday 2

Contemporary Art Exhibition
This colourful new exhibition features the work of 15 talented UAE-based artists working across a variety of mediums including photography, paintings, sculptures and more.
Until February 20. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, JLT (04 420 3471).

Les Contradictions de la Vie
In this vibrant show, Geneva-based Senegalese artist Cheikhou Ba delves deeper into the perceptions, attitudes and ambiguities that inform and shape the human condition.
Until February 28. The Mojo Gallery, 33 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

Letters of Gold
Omani calligrapher Saleh Al Shukairi presents a solo exhibition of Arabic calligraphy, created through new painting techniques inspired by his global travels. Al Shukairi is a member of the Omani Society of Fine Arts, where he is one of the founders of the Calligraphy Club and the Youth Studio.
Until March 9. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

When Photography Became
An Art An extraordinary exhibition by the influential Bauhaus School. It features photography from 1924 to 1932, by 15 different artists. The photos are known as the first art pictures in the history of photography. Until February 17. La Galerie Nationale, Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 4652).

Sunday 3

Automatic Assembly Actions
A solo exhibition of works by Stuttgart-based Iranian video installation artist Anahita Razmi, covering themes such as art history, politics and cultural spheres.
Until March 14. Carbon 12, Unit D37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).

From Past to Present
This solo exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Salar Ahmadian. His text-based paintings show the artist as more than just a calligrapher: he delicately reinvents the traditional technique into contemporary weaves, with colour a primary focus.
Until March 12. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

King Give Us Soldiers
Hungarian painter Zsolt Bodoni’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features works that relate to power and society. Using inspiration from books, history and his own childhood, his detailed paintings are
almost photo-like.
Until March 3. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).

Monday 4

Aware
A collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), this exhibition aims to raise awareness of starvation in the region. It features artworks by emerging and established Middle Eastern artists across various mediums. The exhibition will culminate in an auction, with all proceeds donated to WFP’s projects to help refugees in Iran.
Until March 7. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Boya Boya Boya
Syrian artist and filmmaker Ammar Al Beik presents a series of works that came about after he bought a handmade blue shoe-shine box from an old man. Al Beik documents a life and a profession, creating an anthropological exploration of the shoe-shine box and the associated tools. It’s accompanied by a video of well-known song ‘Boya Boya Boya’ (in Arabic with English subtitles), which is about the life of a poor shoe shiner.
Until February 22. Ayyam Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Tuesday 5

Artinhouse with Gerald Huber
Austrian artist Huber presents images from his Look Twice concept. Using an overlay technique to give another dimension to the work, he elevates the images so both impressions can be seen at the same time. Both act together as a third visual composition.
Until February 25. First Floor Gallery, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, 19th Street, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai (04 336 0000).

Olympia by Bryan Ferry
A series of limited-edition prints of versions of English singer Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music album covers, created between 1972 and 1982, plus solo album covers featuring Kate Moss.
Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue (04 380 9600).

This week’s theatre

Love Letters
AR Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama runs for three nights from Thursday January 31. It’s the story of two people growing up in the 1930s whose lives become entwined by their pens, and stars Emmy-nominated actress Stephanie Powers. Suitable for kids aged 16 and over.
Dhs200, Dhs250 and Dhs300. 8pm. Until February 2. Madinat Theatre, www.timeouttickets.com

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