19 art events to try this week

Design Days Dubai, Sikka Art Fair and more cultural fun

Wednesday 20

Design Days Dubai
This contemporary design fair hosts more than 30 galleries from across the world, including Australia, Mexico and Korea. The programme includes talks, workshops and screenings. Dhs50 per person; free for children and students under 18, and university and college groups.
Daily 4pm-10pm. Until March 23. Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.designdaysdubai.ae (no number).

Happening Now
Viyé Diba (Senegal), Mohamed Abouelnaga (Egypt) and Sonya Rademeyer (South Africa) present works that explore the diversity and strength of African culture.
Until May 1. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

Sikka Art Fair
Dubai’s historical Al Fahidi neighbourhood comes alive with this art fair celebrating local and UAE-based talent. It’s a cultural mash-up of exhibitions, live music and short film screenings.
Free. Daily 6pm-midnight. Until March 24. Al Fahidi (formerly Bastakiya), Bur Dubai, www.sikka.ae (800 4003).

Thursday 21

2nd International Emerging Artist Award exhibition
This year the award focuses on Emirati talent and is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, in conjunction with the support of HH Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum. The contemporary art competition is open to artists both from the UAE and internationally. The roadshow starts in Dubai, before heading off to other art galleries around the world.
Until March 31. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Gallery 26, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0490).

Art Bus
Three separate routes are running daily to Dubai’s art spaces and galleries in Al Quoz, DIFC and Downtown, and Jumeirah and Al Fahidi (formerly Bastakiya). Buses depart from the first roundabout at Souk Madinat Jumeirah at 10am and return at approximately 5pm.
Dhs50 per seat per day. 10am-5pm. Until March 23. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com.

Art Dubai
Now in its seventh year, Dubai’s most high-profile art event features a killer line-up of international galleries, workshops, Global Art Forum talks and artists in residence. Keep an eye out for Art Dubai Projects’ Mobile Art Gallery truck, which will be stopping at various sites around the city.
Dhs50; free for children under 16. Thu 2pm-9.30pm, Fri-Sat noon-5pm. Art Dubai March 21-23; Global Art Forum March 20-23. Madinat Jumeirah, www.artdubai.ae (04 384 2000).

Shadi Habib Allah
The up-and-coming Palestinian artist showed in the Art Statements programme of Art Basel last year. His first solo show at the gallery features artworks in a range of mediums, including installation, video and sculpture, and centres around a personal experience.
Until May 5. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue (04 346 9305).

Friday 22

The Dubai Dollar Project
British artist and Dubai resident Jim Wheat presents his debut exhibition, ‘The Money Collection’. Wheat uses a variety of materials, including old money, sand, resin and discarded objects, to explore the touchy subject of money. Visitors have the chance to win US$64,000 (Dhs235,000) worth of art.
Until April 3. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Saturday 23

Art After Democratism
Dutch visual artist Jonas Staal’s first exhibition in the UAE explores the ways in which politics and art are related. One of his projects demonstrates the Barclays theory that the world’s tallest skyscrapers were all constructed before an impending financial crisis.
Until April 13. Traffic Gallery, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Sharjah Biennial 11: Re:emerge Towards a New Cultural Cartography
Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, this year’s must-see art biennial is inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture, where elements of both public and private life intertwine.
Until May 13. Arts and Heritage Areas, Sharjah (06 544 4113).

Sunday 24

Female Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin presents 15 new paintings that challenge conventional perceptions of what it is to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st-century Kuwait. Having divorced and forged a successful career as an artist, Amin addresses problems she herself has endured and survived.
Until April 4. Ayyam Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Sublime Expression
Features unique works from contemporary artists who play on the concept of ‘miniature’, a genre that involves creating pieces on an unusual and striking scale, especially paintings, engravings and sculptures.
Until April 18. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).

Monday 25

Bert Stern photos of Marilyn Monroe
This show features a number of images taken in June 1962, just six weeks before Marilyn Monroe’s death.
Until April 18. JAMM Art Gallery, Street 8, Warehouse 11, Building 19, close to Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 228 8134).

Iranian artist Shohreh Mehran presents a series of oil paintings depicting people with their faces covered. The artworks question the way crime is treated by the media in modern society.
Until April 27. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

Monir Farmanfarmaian 2004-2013
This exhibition reflects upon the past decade of the Iranian artist’s journey and features some work being displayed for the first time.
Until April 19. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Reza Derakshani
The renowned Iranian artist’s textured canvases are inspired by his heritage and explore modern-day conceptual and philosophical ideas. A selection of his abstract paintings are on show alongside new works and specially commissioned installations.
Until July 9. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).

The Moving Museum – Tectonic
This new independent not-for-profit organisation runs a travelling programme of contemporary art exhibitions in different cities around the world. The Dubai slot features artists including Jeremy Deller, Ali Banisadr, Michael Rakowitz, The Bruce High Quality Foundation and Eddie Peake.
Until April 25. Gate Village 9, DIFC (052 836 8872).

Tuesday 26

Art of Iran
This showcase of rare Iranian contemporary art features 30 artists and focuses on the emerging sense of Iranian identity that distinguishes itself from what is considered western art.
Until April 11. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).

The Wrong Women
A solo exhibition by contemporary Iranian artist Afshin Pirhashemi, who presents 12 new paintings that explore the role of women in contemporary Iranian society.
Until April 25. Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (04 439 2395).

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