Best art exhbitions in Dubai

Our weekly round-up of arty happenings and shows in Dubai

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Our picks of the week

1 See a one-man musical at The Fridge
See Thu 24.

2 Learn about illustration at thejamjar
See Sat 26.

3 View Emirati works at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery
See Wed 23.

4 Contemplate Iranian art at Alliance Française Dubai
See Tue 29.

5 Buy pop art for your home at the Media One Hotel
See Fri 25.

Wednesday 23

Black and White
Emirati artists Khalid Al Banna and Noor Al Suwaidi collaborate for a dual art show. Al Banna's work documents the artist's perception of pivotal historic events such as the Gulf War and 9/11, while Al Suwaidi explores the synergy between reality and dreams.
Until April 27. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 425 0400).

Black and White
Prominent Pakistani painter Mashkoor Raza creates energetic work with a focus on horses. This first solo exhibition in Dubai for the Karachi School of Art graduate features specially commissioned paintings.
Until April 30. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 388 1663).

Thursday 24

Billy Bishop Goes To War
Stage and television actor James Gaddas brings this one-man musical about a legendary Canadian fighter pilot to theatre lovers in Dubai. Expect comedy, poignancy and plenty of energy from the former star of British TV show Coronation Street.
Dhs100. April 24-26. The Fridge, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Kamrooz Aram
The Iranian artist's work expands on his motif of the complex role of ornaments in modern painting. These works, and the corresponding book, were inspired by the floral patterns of a Persian carpet.
Until May 3. Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

The Replacement
This multimedia exhibition includes video and sculpture silkscreen prints and is Mahmoud Obaidi's first solo exhibition in the UAE. The show explores the subject of political propaganda and is inspired by the discovery of an abandoned storage container.
Until May 1. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Friday 25

Retro Culture
British artist and self-confessed retro lover and ambassador of quirkiness Mel Pickup's work promises to deliver a 'pinch of old Hollywood glamour, a smattering of superhero and a dab of outer space'.
Until April 30. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).

Andre Butzer
A colourist by trade, Butzer's N-Paintings explore form and function of geometric monochrome shapes in modern art.
Until April 30. Carbon 12, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Saturday 26

It's All Square
Fifteen illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds (including newspaper, tattoo, comic book and advertising design) are aiming to spark dialogue about their art form. The event will feature sketchbook sessions and workshops.
Until May 12. Thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Sunday 27

Create your own art
Families can get their own art buzz with a rare school holiday offer from this prominent Dubai gallery. Throughout April, children will get a free Dhs100 painting package when two more are purchased. Price on request.
Until April 30. Thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Monday 28

Leena Kewlani
Amateur painter and acclaimed artist has added new paintings to her website. Popular with collectors across the city, her works tend to be vivid dreamscapes and vibrant iconography. A percentage of the profit for all sold paintings will be donated to help children in need of an education.
Ongoing. Private collection viewable at www.ikewlani.com (no number).

Turning Point
Local talents present works-in-progress at this exhibition, which shows how artists use various media to document their process with drawings, photographic narratives and photo negatives from failed shoots, all portraits of creative experimentation otherwise hidden
by the confines of a studio.
Until April 30. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).

Tuesday 29

Crossings: Archeology of the Spirit
Using an array of natural, sometimes unlikely materials such as cotton paper and pigmented fabrics, Italy-based Egyptian artist Medhat Shafik's abstract works all seek to put the focus on the metaphors of globalisation, freedom and alienation.
Until April 30. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6367).

Yearning of Freedom: Mahsa Naghibsadeh
Iranian artist presents her thoughts on the multiple faces of freedom and her dreams of a brighter future.
Until May 1. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 341 4666).

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