Five arty things to do in Dubai this weekend

Exhibitions, paint your own and new shows

Five arty things to do in Dubai this weekend

Show off your street art skills
Have an artistic masterpiece in mind to impress the denizens of Dubai? Your chance to display your very own painting on the streets of the city has finally arrived thanks to BoxPark’s Street Art Festival.

Taking place every Thursday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm until Saturday November 9, artists of all ages around Dubai can unleash their inner artist and create a masterpiece to be displayed at BoxPark.

That’s not all, as the urban spot will also have a digital graffiti wall for participants to virtually paint on. Better yet, you’ll be able to take it how as a nifty souvenir.

The festival will also have creative gobo designs light up the destination, along with LED dancers entertaining visitors on the streets. As for the little ones, the street art event will also host a variety of art sessions for kids aged four to ten. They’ll be creating their own artworks using tape, stones and sand, personalising caps and trying their hand at roller canvas or ceramic painting.

To live out your street artist dream, shop around any of BoxPark’s outlets and spend a minimum of Dhs100 to participate in all the activities. Go on, you may be the next Banksy.
Dhs100 (minimum spend). Thu Oct 24-Sat Nov 9. Every Thu-Sat, 5pm-10pm. BoxPark, Al Wasl Road,

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. The exhibition is free to view, too.
Open 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).

Try something different
You’ll find all manner of classes on offer at thejamjar, from figurative drawing to oil painting. We’re fans of the DIY painting sessions, Just show up and let loose on a blank canvas with unlimited acrylics.
Open daily 10am-7pm. Alserkal Avenue (04 341 7303).

Take a road trip
Hop in the car and head to the capital, as there’s a 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. There are also loads of new pieces on display at the main gallery that only arrived this month, so now’s the ideal chance to check them out.
Sep 18-Dec 7. Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, (600 565 566).

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