After relocating from the Fairmont Hotel to Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), Artspace rolls back into action this winter with an exceptional calendar of exhibitions. Kicking things off on October 28 with a group show, this is a good lead into what you can expect from the gallery in the coming months. Keep an eye out for Zakaria, a Moroccan artist-calligrapher who reinvents the usual serenity of the calligraphic form to create affronting, confrontational portraits.
See www.artspace-dubai.com for more.
Held, for the first time outside, at American University in Dubai, the event that’s grown into a behemoth on the arts calendar returns for its fourth outing. Giving artists, designers, collectives and mad men their own six-minute 40-second soapbox, you can hear the latest ideas and start-ups emerging from the local creative scene.
Visit www.pecha-kucha.org/cities/dubai for updates.
It may be down in ’Dhabi but this is the foremost place to see the biggest names in art congregate under one roof. Having already proved their mettle with its inaugural fair in 2007, which pulled more than 9,200 visitors, this year they’re hosting 57 galleries from 22 countries. Expect works by Picasso, Miro and Damien Hirst as highlights, along with the foremost galleries in Dubai and the region.
November 12- December 12
Sharjah and Copenhagen are not obvious bedfellows, but when it comes to artsy nomadism they hit the spot. This month-long selection of exhibitions, screenings and poetry readings incorporates a perfectly recreated moonlight garden (a space originally designed for transcendent reflection built along energy lines of the Kaa’ba), along with a reinvention of the light facades that adorn many a high rise building in Sharjah. A festival of arts to get excited about.
For more visit www.nomad-academy.org.
November 13- December 4
Huda Lutfi at The Third Line
One of the highlights of the upcoming exhibition calendar, Huda Lutfi merges cultural icons from around the region with the iconography of archetypal female deities from the Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Indian pantheons. With this, she creates archetypal evocations of woman. This solo show at The Third Line is a must-see.
See www.thethirdline.com for more.
My winter highlight
Patricia Millns, locally based artist and scenester
‘It’s got to be the RBS Wall of the Emirates that I begin in November with Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (Ductac). The concept of this installation is to engage and unite the community in one complete artwork. Walls are often seen as dividers separating people, but this will be a celebration of the multinational, multicultural diversity of the Dubai community, and people will be invited to participate and create the work with me. My Dubai is an installation for the people of Dubai by the people of Dubai and the permanent artwork will remain outside Ductac so anyone can view it at anytime. Now that’s exciting…’