11 art galleries to visit this week

Go to the Noor Bahjat exhibition, do a digital photography course or try screen acting for beginners

Wednesday 12

Noor Bahjat: Young
Artist in Residency As the first artist to be awarded Ayyam Gallery’s Young Artist in Residency programme, Noor Bahjat will present a selection of her new works. Graduating at the top of her class from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus, the artist works from detailed sketches and self-portraits in a painterly, expressionist style and with a primarily figurative subject matter.
Until September 15. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 62420).

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 13

Apply for Backstage’s Stage Write 2015
Take part in this 24-hour playwriting competition. Participants just need to register via email with their phone number and date of birth and then go to Starbucks on Sheikh Zayed Road today (Thursday August 13) between 7pm and 8pm. Applicants will draw two character cards and two situation cards to help create a story. They will then be asked to submit a ten-minute play by 7pm on Friday August 14, of no more than 2,000 words. The competition is open to UAE-based writers only and just one submission per writer is allowed.
Until August 14. Starbucks, Sheikh Zayed Road, backstage.dubai@gmail.com (no number).

Friday 14

Digital Photography Level 1
This DSLR camera workshop takes place over eight hours and aims to get beginners comfortable with the camera and its most useful functions. It also explains essential photographic terminology and offers basic tips and tricks for creating more compelling photos. There are a limited number of Nikon D5500 DSLRs that participants can borrow for free during the workshop. US$199 (Dhs730).
Until August 15. 11am-4pm. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Saturday 15

Flower Power workshop
Emirati artist Maisoon Al Saleh will demonstrate how to paint and draw floral displays as part of a series of free workshops for the Flower Power Festival at BurJuman mall. 4pm-6pm.
BurJuman, Bur Dubai (04 352 0222).

Calligraphy Whispers Art Exhibition
The exhibition features classical and modern-style Arabic calligraphy by Salah Shaheen, a digital calligrapher and 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 16

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).

This class teaches ceramic clay sculpture. During the lesson students will learn various techniques of working with ceramic clay, as well as how to form a simple figure, which includes basic anatomy, proportions, costumes and hair. Dhs1,330. 9.30am-12.30pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
Ongoing. Dubai International Art Centre, Villa No. 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 4398).

Monday 17

Screen Acting for Beginners
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. 7pm-10pm.
Until September 7. Constellation Suite 1002, Al Thuraya Tower 1, Dubai Media City (04 438 5574).

Watercolour for Beginners
This course for novices covers all the basic and some advanced techniques of painting in watercolour. Students learn about pigments, cool and warm colours, composition, tone and value. Dhs1,075 (eight-week course). 9.30am-12.30pm.
Ongoing. Dubai International Art Centre, Villa No. 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 4398).

Tuesday 18

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. 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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