15 to try: Art events in Dubai

Dubai Outdoor Art project and more cultural happenings in Dubai this week

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Wednesday 6

African Expressions
Featuring works from Bibi (Nigeria) and Shefali (Denmark), this week-long exhibition exposes the artists’ shared passion for African art. The works reveal the unique and varied aspects of African culture and lifestyle and are vibrant, colourful and striking.
Until February 13. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Villa No. 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1, Dubai (050 525 1258).

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 7

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).

Dubai Outdoor Art Project
This al-fresco group exhibition features 30 UAE-based artists, who have used their skills to transform the vases, staircases, benches, and floor space of The Walk at JBR, under the theme ‘The City is Your Canvas’.
Until February 20. The Walk at JBR, www.dubaiculture.ae (04 515 5004).

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).

Direction
New York abstract artist Peter Halley presents ‘Doorway and Conduit’, which focuses on the architecture of the Kaaba, a cuboid building in Mecca, the most sacred site in Islam.
Until March 15. Mohettadan Projects, Al Joud Center, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 5525).

Friday 8

An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar/Contraband
This solo exhibition by American artist Taryn Simon features a selection of two bodies of work and examines the hidden elements that contribute to modern American culture.
Until May 6. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, (04 447 7026).

Saturday 9

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).

When Photography Became An Art
An extraordinary exhibition by the influential Bauhaus School in Germany. It features a wide range of photography from 1924 to 1932, captured 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 10

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).

Looking Back
An interesting exhibition featuring 80 historical photographs taken by British expats Michael and Renee Hamilton Clark, which take viewers on an illustrated journey through the early days of Dubai.
7.30pm. The Majlis Gallery, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Monday 11

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. 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 12

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 supermodel Kate Moss.
Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue (04 380 9600).

This week’s theatre

Michael Jackson HIStory II with Kenny Wizz
King of Pop impersonator Kenny Wizz brings his Michael Jackson stage show to Dubai, featuring a live band, dancers and authentic costumes.
7pm. February 12-20. Dhs185 balcony; Dhs285 stalls, Madinat Theatre, www.timeouttickets.com

The Farnsworth Investigation
A play from Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network). The story is interwined with one of the most significant inventions of all time: television. Proceeds will go to charity. Dhs50. 8pm, February 7-9. Wellington School, www.timeouttickets.com

The Pitch
Written by Shaun Connaughton, the Oscar-nominated writer of My Left Foot, this Irish play tells the story of an old man and ex-Gaelic footballer living in isolation on his own land, who is being forced off the pitch
on which he played his greatest games.
Dhs50. 8pm, February 10. Al Mas Tower, opposite the Bonnington Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (050 864 4857).

West End to Broadway Seven
UK-based stars will take to the stage on Thursday February 7 to perform a collection of songs from West Side Story, Wicked and more.
7.30pm. Dhs160. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com

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