11 art galleries to visit this week

Check out the latest happenings in Al Quoz, DIFC and more

Wednesday 29

We Love Art Painting Class
Enjoy a night of painting and a glass of grape. Attendees will be provided with a pre-sketched drawing of a famous masterpiece with all materials supplied. No previous painting experience is required. Dhs369 including all materials and two glasses of grape.
7.30pm-10.30pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City www.weloveart.ae (056 769 1995).

Thursday 30

Return to Abstraction
The solo show of Asaad Arabi, a contemporary Arab painter and acclaimed art theorist, focuses on lyrical abstraction. Subtle tones emerge out of his urbanist landscapes, translating into an almost audible musicality.
Until July 30. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

The World is but a Moment
Photographer Peter Sanders’ new collection ‘The World is but a Moment’ is on show at Raffles Salon, located on the lobby level of Raffles Dubai, in partnership with The Empty Quarter Gallery and Habibi Communications. The exhibition comprises ten large-scale original pieces of Sanders’ most refined images taken over the last 30 years.
Until September 15. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).

Friday 31

Masters of Art Summer Exhibition
Opera Gallery's summer show features a range of works presented throughout the year. Highlights include masterpieces from iconic artists Pablo Picasso, Renoir, Buffet, Bettoro and contemporary graffiti artist SEEN, French photographer Rancinan, French painter Brasilier and sculptor Mauro Corda, as well as Argentinean painter Antonio Segui.
Until September 30. Opera Gallery, Building 3, Gate Village, DIFC (04 323 0909).

Saturday August 1

Summer Painting Sessions
Take part in a DIY painting session at thejamjar studios and get a 15 percent discount on various painting packages. All paint and materials are provided and attendees can choose from various canvas sizes. The sessions are relaxed and are designed to be used as an art space rather than a class.
Until August 31. thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Sunday 2

Calligraphy Whispers Art Exhibition
The exhibition features classical and modern-style Arabic calligraphy by Salah Shaheen, a digital calligrapher and an Islamic geometry artist. The show highlights the important role of integrating this art form – part of Arabian heritage and culture – with modern artistic expressions.
Until September 15. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).

Constructing Portraits
This photography exhibition showcases images and professional portraits captured by volunteers of Gulf Photo Plus, which will then be gifted to individuals from the labour force based in Al Quoz. The project hopes to bring together UAE residents from all walks of life, beyond the boundaries of nationality, language and job description.
Until August 31. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Monday 3

Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album
This photography exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian, winner of the 5th Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. The self-taught artist has covered the war in Iraq, regional conflicts, natural disasters and has made social documentaries. The works reveal the artist’s family photo album, which showcases life in Iran for her generation.
Until September 3. East Wing, 12 Limestone House, DIFC (050 553 3879).

Tuesday 4

19th Century Antiques’ exhibition
The gallery has teamed up with Al Nafoorah restaurant at Jumeirah Emirates Towers to put on an exhibition of pieces that show the beauty of Arabian culture and heritage. Pieces on show include oil paintings and bronzes by renowned artists Pierre-Jules Mêne and Louis Auguste Hiolin. Daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Until October 1. Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 7000).

Metamorphosis
Vahid Jafarnejad's paintings are both horrific and comic. In his works, horror and the grotesque pervade the human face. The concept of identity is at the heart of his paintings; whether it is the search for his own or questioning those that have shaped his life.
Until August 28. Mottahedan Projects Gallery, Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz (052 607 6878).

Screen Acting for Beginners
Sign up now for your chance to explore the essentials of acting for film – on-camera technique, camera angles, voice, characterisation, confidence, auditioning, cold reads and developing your own on-screen presence and charisma.
Dhs1,000. Every Monday 7pm-10pm. August 10-September 7. Constellation Suite 1002, Al Thuraya Tower 1, Dubai Media City (04 438 5574).

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