11 art galleries to visit this week

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

Wednesday 5

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).

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).

Thursday 6

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 designed to be used as an art space rather than a class.
Until August 31. thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Friday 7

Ikebana Flower Arranging Workshop
BurJuman Centre's ‘Flower Power’ fest features floral displays, workshops for adults and a kids craft area, all designed to celebrate the floral form. Visitors to the mall are invited to stroll through and interact with over 100 floral installations, including the 'Singing Plants', a garden of hanging greenery housed in pots. Learn the peaceful, 600-year old art of ‘flower positioning’ at a free workshop today.
Friday July 9, 4pm-6pm. BurJuman Centre, Bur Dubai (04 352 0222).

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 8

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).

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).

Sunday 9

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 10

Screen Acting for Beginners
Starting today is 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).

Tuesday 11

Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album This photography exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian. 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).

Pottery on the Wheel
Learn the basic principles of wheel-thrown ceramics. Students will learn techniques ranging from design through to glazing, and experiment with shapes and function, as well as creating unique personal works to take home once fired and complete.
Dhs190-1200 for packages. Every Tuesday. Ongoing. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

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