The week's top art & culture events

Book your tickets for the literature festival, check out the Dubai Outdoor project and more

Wednesday 13

Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature 2013
This annual event runs from Tuesday March 5 to Saturday 9, featuring a line-up packed with renowned authors. Tickets can be bought online via the EAIFL website or in person at Kinokuniya, The Dubai Mall until Saturday March 9 and at Dar Al Adaab in Bastakiya during the week. The festival also runs membership scheme Festival Friends, which offers discounts on tickets and more. See the website for the full line-up. Dhs40-400. March 5-9. Various locations,

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).

Internal Markings
South African painter Grace Kotze presents a body of work exploring the expressive power of mark and colour. Her concerns emerge from whether this is internal and autobiographical or external. She fuses this emotional intent with the technical concerns of painting with oil, which is versatile in nature.
Until February 14. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).

Wild Things
Showcasing the works of more than 20 UAE-based illustrators, this show explores the art of illustration and the skills, talent and creative minds behind the profession. It also prompts a discussion of whether illustration belongs in a gallery, and the role of technology in art.
Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0490).

Thursday 14

Dubai Outdoor Art Project
This al-fresco group show features 30 UAE-based artists, who have transformed 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, (04 515 5004).

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 Centre, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 5525).

Valentine weekend offer at Thejamjar
This interactive studio in Al Quoz is offering a painting session for two on all 90x120cm canvases for Dhs275. Advance bookings are required.
Until February 16. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).

Friday 15

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 16

Mixed-media workshop
Described as ‘a total encounter with art’, British artist Paul Wadsworth hosts workshops over six days that will get you to use your hands and feet to paint and sketch using different mediums. The gallery will provide all the materials, plus lunch. Spaces are limited.
Dhs400 per day. February 16, 17, 19, 20, 23 and 24. The Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya (04 353 6233).

Women in Art VIII
This exhibition aims to promote female artists living in the UAE. For the eighth consecutive year, ten women from seven different countries within Dubai’s art community display their works at the gallery.
Until March 11. Courtyard Gallery, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 347 9090).

Sunday 17

Campus Art Dubai: The C Word (Curator), by Tirdad Zolghadr
This seminar explores the upcoming Global Art Forum’s theme of ‘It Means This’, looking at definitionism and the role of the curator. US Bard College professor and curator Tirdad Zolghadr will take part in a conversation with Global Art Forum commissioner Shumon Basar, with a focus on investigating the words, terms, clichés and misunderstandings common in the art world.
Free. 6pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Artists including Anish Kapoor, Walid Siti, Imran Channa, Debjani Bhardwaj and Mohsen Ahmadvand celebrate the underrated medium of paper and explore their own connection to it in this colourful exhibition.
Until March 13. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Monday 18

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.
Until March 7. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

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).

Tuesday 19

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).

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).

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