Essential art exhibitions in Dubai

All manner of cultural happenings as Art Season commences

Our picks of the week

1 Delve into the Gulf art world at Art Week
See Thu 13.

2 Luma – Art in Film at the Gallery of Light
See Fri 14.

3 Talking street photographyat Gulf Photo Plus
See Wed 12.

4 Retro sci-fi mixed media at Media One Hotel
See Mon 15.

5 International abstract art at Opera Gallery
See Wed 12.

Wednesday 12

This is Palestine
Hosted by AlHoush House of Art & Design, this cultural week is dedicated to the positive, non-political creative achievements of the international Palestinian community. Over 200 visual and design works of art are up for sale alongside Palestinian-designed jewellery, fashion and furniture, while artists perform standup comedy, hip-hop, poetry, theatre and music.
From Dhs50. Until March 19. Meydan IMAX Theatre, Nad Al Sheba (055 446 8575).

Talking Street Photography with Zack Arias
Atlanta-based commercial and editorial photographer Zack Arias talks about discovering real, honest moments in the urban environment and the different ways he blends into the background in order to capture a scene.
Free. 7pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre, Dubai Knowledge Village, (04 380 8545).

Visions of Abstraction
A selection of global art work from major 19th century abstract artists who illustrate their surroundings and subjects using colours, forms and lines rather than more literal depictions of a subject. Featured works include automatic drawing and surrealism from Joan Miro, conceptual works from Katrin Fridrik and pop art from Yayoi Kusama.
Until March 25. Opera Gallery, DIFC, Gate Village (04 323 0909).

Thursday 13

In collaboration with the Campus Art Dubai 2.0 Core Programme, Pakistani artist-in-residency Ferwa Ibrahim uses video and sound to explore the body and the world it inhabits in relation to home, displacement and belonging.
6pm-8pm. Until April 7. The JamJar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Almost a Dream
An opportunity to view beautiful, haunting and minimalist paintings by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul, whose works address the pain he feels towards the conflict in his home country.
Until March 13. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2393). Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre, Dubai Knowledge Village, (04 380 8545).

Art Week
The umbrella festival encompasses the best of contemporary and experimental art and design coming out of the Gulf today. With Sikka art fair, Design Days Dubai, Art Dubai and other popular UAE art mainstays under its wing, Art Week presents a broad range of collaborative installations, fairs, festivals and museum exhibitions that express the strides in cultural growth the region has seen.
Until March 25. Locations across Dubai,

Friday 14

Luma – Art in Film
Ductac's Gallery of Light presents a curated series of art films and works by artists including the likes of Rouzbeh Rashidi and Man Ray, with groundbreaking films from the 1900s to present day running continuously in the gallery.
Until March 25 and then April 9-15. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha. (04 341 4777).

Saturday 15

Dubai Dollar Project: Intergalactic$
The dollar is the message in this exhibition debating the influence of commercialisation, art and accessibility in Dubai. Local artist Jim Wheat presents 28 works of sci-fi-inspired retro-themed art using Star Wars and old school mobile phones to question how technology has blurred the lines between imagination and reality.
Until March 30. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Sunday 16

50 Portraits: Gregory Heisler
The iconic portrait photographer has been featured on more than 70 covers of Time magazine and is currently exhibiting 50 of his best works as part of his new book launch taking place during GPP2014.
Until April 19. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Monday 17

Discovering Visions with a Trapped Memory
Egyptian artist Essam Marouf paints from recollections of images and snapshots of people that haunt his subconscious and incite varied emotions from him.
Until April 20. Gallery Ward, near The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).

Tuesday 18

Artist Wafaa Bilal in conversation with curator Sara Raza
Curator Sara Raza from Sharjah's Maraya Art Centre and artist Aida Mahmudova, from Baku, Azerbaijan, sit down in conversation with Iraqi-American artist and NYU professor Wafaa Bilal, using her interactive sculpture The Hierarchy of Being to discuss the importance of public works of art in global cultural centres.
Free. From 10.30am. The Archive, Safa Park (04 349 4033).

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