17 top art events this week

Improv theatre, calligraphy, photography and more

Wednesday 12

A Verse Imprinted: Islamic Art
A collection of calligraphic artworks inspired by the Holy Qu’ran and Arabic poetry and featuring 12 calligraphers.
Until August 31. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Caricouture: Dubai life in ink
Dubai-based artist Hatty Pedder is selling her quirky blog inkings of Dubai events and characters, for a special price of Dhs1,500 each.
7pm-10.30pm. Exhibition continues until June 15. Desert Fish Studio, Al Quoz (04 388 4341).

Youssef Nabil
The internationally acclaimed NYC-based Egyptian artist presents his latest work, featuring hand-painted silver gelatin photographs, which reflect on the archetypes that define the state of his home country.
Until June 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Thursday 13

CMYK Community Exhibition
A showcase of the works of photographers based in the Middle East and abroad.
Until May 31. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

A group show featuring ten contemporary artists including Carolin Kropff, Corrina Mehiel, Cristiana de Marchi and Lavanya Mani.
Until June 14. Empty10, Street 8, Warehouse 10, Al Quoz (04 432 4362).

Friday 14

Birth of a Museum
The must-see first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection features more than 130 works and ancient artefacts from all over the world.
Until July 20. Manarat Al Saadiyat Exhibition Centre, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (02 657 5800).

Hung From the Moon
Emirati artist Farah Al-Qasimi’s photo exhibition explores how the spaces we inhabit become a home.
Until August 31. The Pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Saturday 15

Acid Fields
Lebanese artist Shawki Youssef’s figurative works investigate 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).

Threads of the Community
Paint a silhouette of yourself on a public wall mural in this community initiative to promote creativity. Mural painting participation is free, though prior booking is required.
Thejamjar, Behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Sunday 16

Breathing Walls | EGYPT
NYC-based Lebanese artist Rhea Karam shares photos of urban art on walls in Egypt.
Until August 31. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 447 7025).

Temporary Permanence
A showcase of six contemporary Sri Lankan artists in a range of mediums.
Until June 26. XVA Gallery, Gat Village 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Monday 17

Marketing yourself as an artist or creative
Bring collateral samples and share your views on marketing your work as an artist in the region. Get to know the available platforms to support each other and create best practice marketing skills for yourself.
7pm-9pm. Free. Until June 17. Thejamjar, Behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Medieval Persia
A selection of paintings and silk scarves by local British artist Kate Toledo. It features mixed media art pieces and screen prints inspired by 12th century museum pieces from Persia.
Until June 30. Aliel Jewellers, Level Podium, Gate Village 1, DIFC (04 323 1113).

The Art of Bollywood
To mark Bollywood’s 100th year in cinema, Gallery One is displaying a collection of vibrant, vintage Bollywood film posters from the ’60s and early ’80s.
Until June 30. Gallery One, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1252).

Tuesday 18

Full Spectrum
NYC-based artist Antoinette Wysocki and Hong Kong designer Piecco Pang unveil their clutches featuring abstract paintings created by Wysocki.
Until June 20. Pro Art Gallery, F21, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).

Reza Derakshani
The renowned Iranian artist’s textured canvases are inspired by his heritage and explore modern-day conceptual and philosophical ideas. On display are new and past works.
Until July 9. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).

This week’s theatre

Whose Line Is it Anyway?
The interactive comedy is back featuring members of the UK comedy club. Expect plenty of gags, sketches, songs, surreal situations and flying packets of ‘Instant Whip’.
18 and above only. June 13 to June 15. Dhs195. 8pm. Madinat Theatre, www.timeouttickets.com.

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown

You’ll also get discounts at spas, bars and restaurants

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