7 art events in Dubai this week

Pop up exhibition, choirfest, Sikka 2015 and more arty events

Our picks of the week

1 ChoirFest Middle East at DIFC
See Thu 12.

2 Images: Hassan Sharif at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
See Sun 15.

3 Galleries Night at Alserkal Avenue
See Mon 16.

4 Anthony Kavanagh at Ductac
See Fri 13.

5 Driven by storms at Ayyam Gallery
See Tue 17.

Wednesday 11

John Pepper’s Pop-up Exhibition This two-week exhibition will present a selection of works from three projects: ‘Rome 1969 – An Hommage to Italian Neo-Realist Cinema’, ‘Sans Papier’ and ‘Evaporations’. The first features new prints of vintage images capturing Rome during the last years of a post-First World War generation.
Until March 14. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (043 790 940).

Thursday 12

NEW ChoirFest Middle East The five-day vocal extravaganza welcomes choirs, coaches and star performers from all over the world. Today's events include a free public concert on the Spanish Steps in DIFC. The programme will include traditional and folk songs from the four participating regional choirs representing Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. a cappella quartet Cadence will also perform a special teaser show.
12.30pm. Until March 14. Spanish Steps, DIFC, www.choirfestme.com.

Friday 13

The French Comedy Club presents Anthony Kavanagh French Canadian comedian Anthony Kavanagh will be performing his internationally acclaimed show, ‘Se Chauffe’, with an electric mix of singing, beatboxing and stand-up comedy.
Dhs295. 9pm. Until March 14. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 338 0896).

Saturday 14

SIKKA 2015 The art fair showcases works of 50 UAE-based artists representing 25 nations. It features site-specific work spanning an array of mediums including audio and video installations, multidisciplinary initiatives; artistic installations; music performances; and visual arts, such as painting, photography, and sculptures.
Until March 24. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 384 2000).

Sunday 15

Images: Hassan Sharif The artist focuses on the sheer abundance of imagery we are presented with in society – printed graphics, reproducible photographs, garish cartoon characters. We see reams of paper, air-rusted iron shapes and pages torn from a dictionary that scuttle up the walls or hang from the ceiling. The viewer is invited to explore a cave-like wall of papier-mâche-encrusted toys, and a piece of elasticated cotton on canvas.
Until April 15. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5092).

Monday 16

Galleries Night
More than 20 galleries and cultural spaces along Alserkal Avenue will open their doors to the public for an unveiling of new contemporary exhibitions to coincide with Dubai Art Week. There will also be a pop-up art bookshop by Jashanmal and a chance to see two site-specific installations commissioned in collaboration with Art Dubai projects in the expanded areas of the avenue by artists Maria Thereza Alves and Mehreen Murtaza. The Fridge will present a showcase of musical performances by various groups from throughout the region.
6pm-9pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (05 556 9797).

Tuesday 17

Driven by storms (Ali’s Boat)
A solo exhibition by Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, the exhibition comprises a series of large-scale paintings, charcoal drawings, artist diary sketches and stop-motion video animation. It addresses the vulnerability of human existence and speaks of loss, exile, fragmentation and displacement. Curated by Nat Muller, the show premiers a new body of work that the artist has grouped around the theme of ‘Ali’s Boat’, based on a drawing his young nephew, Ali, gave him on a family visit to Baghdad in 2009.
Until April 30. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

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