10 art galleries to visit this week

Do a Lightroom workshop, see the Noor Bahjat exhibition, Blaze The Show and more art to see in Dubai

Wednesday 19

Calligraphy Whispers Art Exhibition
This 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).

Sans Soleil Screening at A4 Space
As part of the Here Comes The Sun, summer-long film series, A4 Space will show Sans Soleil. Chris Marker’s 1962 film tells the story of the letters of a freelance cameraman, Sandor Krasna, being read by an unknown woman. Travelling through the world, he remains attracted to two ‘extreme poles of survival’, Japan and Africa, and along the way, he reflects on Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
7pm. Until August 21. A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 556 9797).

Thursday 20

Blaze The Show
Experience a dance show unlike any other. Blaze The Show brings together 16 of the best dancers from around the world on one stage, with the aim of leaving audiences amazed at their combined street dance and break dance skills.
Dhs125-Dhs250. Until August 22. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 427 8166).

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).

Friday 21

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).

Saturday 22

Constructing Portraits
This photography exhibition showcases images and professional portraits captured by volunteers at 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).

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).

Sunday 23

The work of some of Africa’s most dynamic and established contemporary artists comes together in an exhibition that celebrates the diversity of conceptual art-making and visual expression from the continent.
Until September 14. The Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).

Monday 24

An Introduction to Lightroom
Discover how to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – an application that imports and catalogues your photos at this unique workshop. The program also lets you perform non-destructive edits to Jpeg and Tiff files. You can then take the files and create compelling websites, high quality prints, and slideshows.
US$149 (Dhs547). 9am-11.30am. Until August 25. Gulf Photo Plus, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 85450).

Tuesday 25

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).

The Invisible Landscape and Concrete Futures
Over the past few years, Hazem Harb has worked with painting, video, drawing, sculpture and installation. This exhibition will feature a new series of collages, where archival photographs of Palestine prior to 1948 are juxtaposed against concrete blocks, lines, black squares and rectangles.
Until September 30. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.salsalipm.com (04 380 9600).

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