Lebanese artist Shawki Youssef’s figurative works investigate how the body is represented in contemporary art, and illustrate the effects that disease, war, love and lust have on the human form.
Until July 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Viyé Diba (Senegal), Mohamed Abouelnaga (Egypt) and Sonya Rademeyer (South Africa) present a selection of works that explore the diversity and strength of African culture.
Until May 1. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).
The internationally acclaimed NYC-based Egyptian artist presents his latest work, featuring hand-painted silver gelatin photographs, which reflect on the clash of archetypes that define the state of his home country.
Until June 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
CMYK Community Exhibition
This exhibition showcases the work of photographers based in the Middle East and abroad and features images chosen from more than 1,000 submissions collected through an open call. All genres are covered, including landscape, portrait, abstract and fine art.
Until May 31. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
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 public and private life intertwine. Sharjah Biennial 11 also includes a programme of music, performances and film screenings.
Until May 13. Arts and Heritage Areas, Sharjah (06 544 4113).
The Desert Monologues Acting Workshop for Adults
A diverse 16-hour course during which participants are put through a variety of drama-based activities. The workshop culminates in monologue performances at Ductac.
Basic package Dhs1,800. Pro package Dhs2,500 (includes a certificate, professional photographs, a video recording and an online actor’s profile). Thu 7.30pm-9.30pm. Until June 6. The Courtyard Playhouse, The Courtyard, Al Quoz (050 986 1761).
An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar/Contraband
This solo exhibition by American artist Taryn Simon features 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).
Birth of a Museum
The must-see first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection features more than 130 works, most of them never seen before, and includes ancient artefacts from all over the world which aim to highlight civilisations and illustrate links arising from shared human experience.
Until July 20. Manarat Al Saadiyat Exhibition Centre, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 657 5800).
Visual Narrative Workshops
Participants will engage in writing a narrative based on a theme. The workshop aims to develop participants’ voices as visual storytellers by familiarising them with narrative strategies (perspective, development, tonality, character, time and place).
Dhs300. 11am-4pm. Until May 4. email@example.com.
Dubai Marina Fine Art Show
Geneva’s Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery runs a pop-up exhibition of artwork from 23 artists, including Salvador Dali, Patrick Hughes, Richard Orlinski and Chayan Khoi. The show offers a unique perspective on the neo pop art and post-surrealism movements.
Until May 14. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 434 1577).
Hairy Goat Personal Photography
Tuition This four-hour course teaches you how to get the best from your DLSR camera, and is hosted by London-based professional photographer Corinna. A five-hour day-and-night course is also available for those who want to learn to capture the best images in sunlight or Dubai’s incredible nightscape.
Dhs1,800 for four hours, Dhs2,300 for five hours. Until May 8. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Dara Chronicles
Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh’s solo show explores stories told to her as a child about the Dubai-based MV Dara passenger liner explosion on April 8 1961 in the Persian Gulf, in which 238 people died.
Until May 31. The Ara Gallery, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Iranian artist Dr Mohsen Keiany and Pakistani artist Mashkoor Raza feature together in an exhibition that portrays their shared sense of energy and dynamism in their paintings.
Until May 15. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street opposite Al Shirawi Equipment, Unit 2, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 1663).
Reconnect: Hendrik Stroebel
The South African artist presents eight-pointed ceramic stars, embroidered artworks and earthenware. His work explores the architecture and ancient history of the Arab and Islamic world.
Until May 18. Showcase Gallery, Unit 32, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).
Conversations at Alserkal Avenue
A silent auction and exhibition aiming to raise awareness for children with special needs. Young artists from the Manzil School are displaying their works and the opening night includes a performance and live music by The Fridge. Silent auction 7pm-9pm.
Until May 23. FN Designers, Alserkal Avenue (www.alserkalavenue.ae).
Pierre qui Roule
Photographers including Algerian Fayçal Baghriche, French-Algerian Katia Kameli and Moroccan Yman Fakhir display their images for the first time in the UAE. The photographs challenge the cultural expectations related to the Maghreb region in north-west Africa.
Until May 30. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Exit 43, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
Bozart Private View
An exhibition that unveils the works of Dubai’s talented and little-known emerging talents.
Until June 1. Bo House Café, The Walk at JBR (04 429 8655).
This week’s theatre
Contemporary Dance Dubai
Comprising both professional and student dancers, this show features performances of varying styles that showcase the inspiring world of contemporary dance. The show also aims to encourage others to try their hand at the discipline.
Dhs120. 3pm and 8pm, May 3. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (050 504 3588).