17 top art events this week

Islamic art, metal sculptures, photography, calligraphy and more

Wednesday 19

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

No. 10
Rana Begum’s third solo show in Dubai is an exhibition of metal sculpture coated in vibrant colours. Her work explores the relationship between colour and three-dimensional space.
Until July 30. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Project Space: Amir H Fallah
Inspired by Dutch/Flemish floral paintings, Amir’s solo exhibition will showcase his mixed media and collage pieces, offering a fresh take on classical works.
Until July 30. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Bringing together the works of four artists: Nadia Kaabi Linke, Marwan Sahmarani, Selma Gübüz and Shahpour Pouyan, this collection explores the continuing role of paper in art and why it’s still relevant today.
Until July 18. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Thursday 20

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).

Object to Print
Seven UAE-based print artists from different creative backgrounds, including textiles, architecture and graphic design, showcase their works to celebrate and raise awareness of Dubai’s print culture.
Until August 12. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue Street 6, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).

Friday 21

Birth of a Museum
The first large-scale presentation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection features more than 130 works and ancient artefacts.
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 22

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 as part of this community initiative. Mural painting participation is free, though prior booking is required.
Until June 30. Thejamjar, Behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Sunday 23

Breathing Walls | EGYPT
New York-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).

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

Monday 24

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 25

Summer Exhibition
A varied selection of paintings and sculpture by nine of the gallery’s modern artists from the subcontinent.
Until June 31. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, Al Quoz (04 388 16643).

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).

This week’s theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Dubai-based drama group bring its interpretation of Shakespeare’s comic and romantic classic to the DUCTAC.
Dhs80. Until June 22. 8pm; June 22 4.30pm. Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 341 47777). www.timeouttickets.com

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