8 art events in Dubai this week

Theatre, open air street culture, illustration, portraits and more culture to spy

Wednesday 29

Animal, Forgive Me This exhibition, comprising a series of ten painted cow skulls, explores the treatment of livestock in mass food production – particularly the treatment of cattle. In this body of work, the artist, Helen Teede, attempts to make an apology to animals that die in the production
of meat for consumption.
Until April 30. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0950).

Thursday 30

Mouneer al Sharaani
The exhibition showcases the works of renowned Syrian calligraphy artist Mouneer al Sharaani. The artist is highly regarded across the globe for introducing unique, innovative calligraphic styles and for taking his inspiration from everything that surrounds him.
Until May 16. Artspace Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).

Friday May 1

Prelude to a Kiss
Community theatre group Backstage return with the perfect mix of romance, comedy and fantasy, with ‘Prelude to a Kiss’. This unusual romance was made famous by Craig Lucas’ 1992 film of the same name and is here directed by Brent Jenkins. It’s the tale of a young couple’s unusual nuptials.
Until May 2. 7.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Saturday 2

StreetCon 2015
The inner roads along Al Ghurair Centre will be transformed into an open air urban art gallery and it’s your last chance to get involved as the festival ends today. Explore live interactive graffiti walls, photography exhibitions and more. Art lovers can try their hand at new techniques by joining workshops or test their skills at interactive drawing stations as well as enjoying live music and b-boy competitions.
April 23-May 2, 3pm-10pm. Al Ghurair Centre, Deira. www.alghuraircentre.com/streetcon (800 24227).

Sunday 3

Ladies in Paint
In this series of contemporary portrait paintings of beautiful, iconic women, Susan Brooker reveals her inspirations – graffiti, people and vibrant colours. In the paintings she has depicted femininity by using thick, vibrant oils and just a palette knife.
Until June 15. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).

Monday 4

Juliet Makhlouf
Dubai-based Syrian artist Juliet Makhlouf’s paintings are carefully articulated renditions of shape and colour that invite the viewer to be optically bewildered by the intricately constructed illusions of geometric shape and form.
Until May 21. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz 3 (04 347 7883).

Modern Entanglement: Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck
The exhibition coincides with Art Dubai’s Marker section, which focuses on Latin American art this year. Balteo Yazbeck’s mixed media installations explore the effects of cultural diplomacy and government propaganda strategies.
Until May 5. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

Tuesday 5

Seeds from the Desert Sand
The exhibition features works by Oman-based German artists Gazmend Kalemi and Miriam Humer. This is the first time the pair will have exhibited their works in collaboration publicly. It is also the first time they will have exhibited in the UAE. Although their art varies in style and subject, similar materials are used including paper, pencil and water. Re-occurring elements such as transparency, rocks and plants also appear. The artists explore connective ideas of spring, growth and renewal and they are inspired by elements of their surroundings in the Middle East.
Until May 31. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

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