Get arty this winter in Dubai

Exclusive exhibitions, talks, workshops announced for Jameel Arts Centre

Get arty this winter in Dubai

There’s always something artsy to check out in Dubai, it’s a cultural hub of art, after all. If you’ve (somehow) checked out all it has to offer, don’t fret, there are now new cultural happenings to check out.

The Jameel Arts Centre at Jaddaf Waterfront is setting up a lengthy list of exclusive exhibitions, talks, workshops and even outdoor artworks to gander through throughout the winter months.

Each of the exhibitions, talks and art galleries are completely free to attend, so if you’re looking to save a few dirhams on the weekend, look no further.

So, what’s on show?

Phantom Limb
If you’re into your artefacts and their relevance in today’s cultural age, the ‘Phantom Limb’ is sure to please. Bringing together 13 artists and collectives, including sculptures, installations, video, photography or 3D rendering, interrogate our lived relationships to material heritage.

The works in the show pose pressing questions around the writing of history, the ‘weaponisation of heritage’ and even myths embedded within material culture, from the circulation of artefacts to the destruction of architectural spaces. We could spend days looking through this.
Thu Oct 10-Feb 15, 2020.

The Library of Unread Books
Did you know that some books can’t serve their purpose because no one reads them? It’s a sad story, but thanks to donations by readers across the UAE, these books have found a new purpose – being in The Library of Unread Books.

Making its Middle Eastern debut, The library’s global edition is currently comprised of nearly 700 donated books. The books reflect on notions of access, excess and the politics of redistribution. Throughout the installation, patrons of the city can browse and read through the books, and even contribute some themselves.
Sat Nov 16-Jan 31, 2020.

Prabhakar Pachpute
This one is quite the biggie, as critically-acclaimed Indian artist Prabhakar Pachpute is setting up his latest at Jameel Arts Centre’s Artist’s Room. Building on his ongoing body of work ‘Sea of Fists’, the show represents a powerful interpretation of the art of protest, exploring the diverse actions and realities of communities in struggle across India.
Sat Sep 21-Feb 15, 2020.

Outdoor Installations
Finally, the cool, breezy winter months are coming back, and Jameel Arts Centre is looking to use the weather to its full potential. Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park, Dubai’s first art-themed park, will host works by Hassan Khan – Composition for a Public Park. This edition of Khan’s multi-channel piece includes a spoken libretto recorded by male and female actors in Arabic, Urdu and English. Whether its day or night, art fans can check out the installation anytime of the day.
Thu Nov 3-June 8, 2020.

For a full list of what else the Jameel Arts Centre is coming out with and its timings, head to

Prefer artsy pictures that move? Yes, we’re talking about the movies, and Cinema Akil is putting on the highly-acclaimed documentary Diego Maradona right now, nominated for a Golden Eye at Cannes Film Festival 2019.

In you’re on the hunt to get your cultural kicks throughout the city, look no further than right here.
Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf Waterfront. For more information, visit

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