What’s going on in Dubai’s art scene this month

New shows, art classes a more

What’s going on in Dubai’s art scene this month
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Looking to get your culture fix? You’re in luck as September sees the art scene in the UAE step up a gear. With exhibitions from homegrown artists, to a massive new show at The Louvre, there’s loads to see and do. Or stick closer to home and explore the galleries and cafés in the city’s artiest areas.

Explore Alserkal
This lively artsy area has been a hub for culture since 2008, and there are tonnes of galleries to check out, showcasing photography, painting, sculptures and more. Major galleries include the 1x1 Gallery, Ayyam Gallery, Custot Gallery, Grey Noise and The Third Line. Explore them all, and grab a coffee in between.

Upcycle your belongings
Alserkal Avenue’s new upcycling café, Kave: The Story of Things, is all about protecting the environment by using zero-plastic and using cutlery and crockery that are either up-cycled or recycled after use. Kave offers simple but healthy dishes (dig into a steaming bowl of pho while you get creative) and there’s a heap of different workshops including guitar making, embroidery, meditation, laughter yoga and more.

See local art
Unreal. Unseen. Untouched. at 1x1 Gallery is the first solo show from UAE-based artist Alla Edris, and will feature work spanning the past decade – as well as new pieces being show for the first time. Alaa Edris, who was born in Sharjah, uses photography, film and performance to portray themese including the construction of gender and the relationship between tradition and progress.
Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Sep 19-Oct 30. B10, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 341 1287).

Sketch your own
Fancy doing the art yourself? Sketch art café in Mattar Bin Lahej Gallery in Al Wasl, Jumeirah, is part studio, part coffee shop where you can rent a space to work or just get creative while you sip on a cuppa. You can even let loose on your coffee cups with the best designs being picked out to display.
Open daily 9am-11pm. Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 271 2650).

Take a road trip
Hop in the car and head to the capital, as this month sees a brand-new exhibition on show at the super gallery, The Louvre. Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co. (1900-1939), showcases more than 80 works of art by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Juan Gris, Chaïm Soutine, Constantin Brancusi and Tamara de Lempicka. It’s on display in the Saadiyat Island museum until Saturday December 7 and will trace the creative output of emigrant artists living and working in Paris throughout the first half of the 20th century.
Sep 18-Dec 7. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, ww.louvreabudhabi.ae (600 565 566).

Visit a photography show
If you love photographs, renowned photojournalist, author and film maker Mobeen Ansari is hosting his first solo exhibition in the region, a show titled Conversations through Centuries. The show, in Business Bay, will be displaying a collection of his remarkable photographs, and on opening night guests will be treated to a book signing of his White in the Flag, an intricate photographic documentation of the various of ethnic communities living in Pakistan.
Daily 10am-7pm. Sep 17-28. Studio Seven Art Gallery, Business Bay (04 558 7119).

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