Complete Art Season 2016 calendar of events

Time Out Dubai is your guide to the best art galleries and exhibits, plus events and festivals that all form part of a Complete Art Season 2016 calendar

HIGHLIGHTS
Emirates Airlines Literature Festival
Until March 12
This celebration of the written and spoken word features an array of activities to keep the entire family entertained. Famous authors from around the world will be holding readings, panel discussions and Q&As, while there will also be workshops and a dedicated children’s programme.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com

SIKKA Art Fair
March 13-24
Get a glimpse of local talent at this exhibition featuring contemporary visual and performance artwork from Emirati, UAE-based and regional artists.
Daily 4pm-10pm. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and other locations around the city, www.sikka.ae
Read more about SIKKA Art Fair

Design Days Dubai
March 14-18
Collectible and limited-edition pieces of furniture and design objects will be on display at this fair. See pieces from up-and-coming and established designers from the region and around the world.
The Venue, Downtown Dubai, www.designdaysdubai.ae
Read more about Design Days Dubai

Art Dubai
March 16-19
The region’s leading international art fair features works from the best artists in the region and beyond. Both modern and contemporary pieces will be on display, while there will also be workshops and panel discussions.
March 16: 1pm-4pm (ladies’ preview), 4pm-9.30pm (invitation only); March 17: 4pm-9.30pm; March 18: 2pm-9.30pm; March 19: noon-6.30pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.artdubai.ae

Middle East Film & Comic Con
April 7-9
This is the fifth edition of the hugely popular pop culture convention, featuring celebrity guests, workshops and plenty of merchandise to buy. Remember to dress up to enter the Cosplay competition.
April 7: 11am-2pm (VIP tickets only), 2pm-9pm (all tickets); April 8-9: 10am-10pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.mefcc.com
Read more about Comic Con

World Art Dubai
April 6-9
This event makes art accessible and affordable, with pieces available to purchase from just a couple of hundred dirhams. If you’re looking to start your own collection, this is the place to come. There will also be exhibitions featuring local and international artwork, plus workshops on everything from buying art to producing your own creations.
April 6: Noon-2pm (VIP preview), 2pm-9pm (all guests); April 7-9: 2pm-9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.worldartdubai.com
Read more about World Art Dubai

CITY ACTIVITIES
Art Week at Alserkal Avenue
March 13-19
Discover what’s going on at this arts hub in Al Quoz during a week of special events. New galleries will be opening, special exhibitions taking place and pop-up collections appearing.
Street 8, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae
Read more about Art Week

Dubai Canvas
Until March 14
Head down to The Walk, JBR to see some spectacular 3D street art. The dramatic pieces will be painted on the pavement by world-renowned street artists.
Read more about Dubai Canvas

Sound Healing Journeys
Until March 14
This piece of performance art from Simondan Juchert will use the healing effects of music. Juchert is a musician, lyricist and author, who writes poetry that she then develops into sounds. She does this by manipulating the three major principles of music: rhythm, harmony and melody. Music can effect the body both physiological and psychological, which Juchert will demonstrate during her performances. While listening to the music, the body will naturally pick up what is needed to attain the perfect state of balance.
The Village, Dubai Mall.

Alserkal Avenue Gallery Night
March 14
A night filled with art, music and live entertainment.
Street 8, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae

RCA Secret Dubai
March 14-15 & 17-19
Pick up postcard-sized pieces of art from famous artists for just Dhs500. You’ll find out who painted your artwork after you’ve bought it. Past artists to have taken part in this event include Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith, Christopher Bailey and eL Seed.
Alserkal Avenue: March 14 (exhibition: 11am-5pm, sale: 5pm-9pm), March 15 (10am-7pm). Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah: March 17 (4pm-9pm), March 18 (2pm-9pm), March 19 (noon-6pm). dubai.secret.rca.ac.uk

Nja Mahdaoui: Trance
March 14-April 30
This exhibition will focus on the unique and distinctive work of Tunisian artist Nja Mahdaoui. One of the major figures of Arab art, Mahdaoui has been on the international art scene for more than four decades, and the exhibition Trance will highlight his work.
Gallery Al Marsa, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz

DIFC Art Night
March 15
Check out DIFC’s galleries while enjoying live entertainment.
Gate Village, DIFC

Invisible Man

March 15-16
Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bo Lin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Chinese artist from Beijing is often referred to as “The Invisible Man” due to his unique style of performance art. Bo Lin dissolves into the background of his pieces, remaining almost completely unseen. His aim is to draw attention to social and political issues by disappearing into his own artwork.
DIFC: March 15; Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhoud: March 16.

Christie’s Dubai
March 15-17
Christie’s Dubai will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with a week of sales. The first auction on March 15 will feature important watches, March 16 will be a modern and contemporary art sale, followed by an elements of style auction on March 17.
From 7pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.christies.com

Red Bull BC1 & Red Bull Curates
March 16-19
See performance art of a different kind at JBR, with Red Bull’s international break-dancing competition.
Rimal, JBR

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards
March 16-19
Awe-inspiring photography will be on display during this yearly competition.
Dubai Design District (d3), Ras Al Khor Road, www.hipa.ae/en

Kite Festival
March 17-19
The second edition of this festival is taking place under the Art Season banner and will feature plenty to keep the entire family entertained. Watch displays involving show and sports kites, plus some night flying. There will also be kite surfing and kite buggying, too, as well as live entertainment on the beach.
Kite Beach, Jumeirah 3, www.ikfdubai.com

LED Balloons
March 22-April 7
This interactive installation on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will feature 64 light activated LED balloons. As visitors wander through the installation, the balloons will intermittently light up overhead, creating a memorable effect.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Bird Wings
March 24-30
An art installation in The Dubai Mall where digital augmented reality and art combines to create a magical experience. The Treachery of Sanctuary installation is composed of three white monolithic screens sitting above a black reflective pool. Visitors are invited to stand on the edge of the pool, where their shadow appears on the first screen before dissolving into a flock of fluttering birds. On the second panel, the birds appear again, this time pecking away at and consuming the image of the viewer. Finally, on the third screen, the visitor can see themselves bestowed with wings to complete this augmented reality experience.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai

Seashell Wishing Tree
April 14-16
This is a one-of-a-kind creative activation to be set up on Kite Beach, where visitors will be invited to make their own wind chimes with real seashells. After making a wind chime, the creators are invited to hang them on a man-made tree installation to create a wind chime tree. The exhibition was created by Haneen Shalash, who was born and grew up in Dubai. She has participated in several artistic events and competitions in the UAE, and has also studied architecture in Jordan.
Kite Beach, Jumeirah 3

Art Mill
April 14-16
If the Kite Festival inspired you, or if you just want to get creative, then this workshop is for you. Visitors to Kite Beach will be given coloured and white paper, plus all the necessary art tools, to design their own kites. The kites can be kept to take home, while visitors will also be invited to make windmills that will be added to an existing installation.
Kite Beach, Jumeirah 3

Window of Opportunities
April 24-26
Get creative at this hands-on workshop. Visitors are provided with all the art materials they need to create artwork on a window. The concept is to encourage visitors to create their own opportunities and to express themselves through art.
Zabeel Park, Sheikh Zayed Road

ING Conference 2016
April 28-30
Unlock your potential through talks, workshops and portfolio reviews.
Dubai Design District (d3), Ras Al Khor Road

Origami Festival
Throughout April
Learn the secrets of this ancient paper-folding pastime through a hands-on workshop.
The Walk, JBR

DIY Paper Cut Light Box
Throughout April
Stories are brought to life through intricate paper light boxes during this exhibition. Created by Hari and Deepti, the light boxes tell stories through the different shades and depth of the creations. The pair started experimenting with paper cut shadow boxes in 2010, using hand-painted watercolour effects. With years of experience, the art has become more intricate, while also maintaining a sense of minimalism at the same time. Now they have added to their own style by incorporating back-lit light boxes using flexible LED strip lights.
Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha

Art on Boulevard
Until April 30
A platform for regional and international artists to display their work.
The Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road

Picasso & Miro Exhibition
Until May 17
Take a journey through the lives of these two influential artists, learning how they developed their style and technique.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai

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