LAST CHANCE Praxis of Change

Firetti Contemporary Unit 29, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Firetti Contemporary’s official opening show includes works by local artists plus others exhibiting for the first time in the region. The theme: the environment and the role of humanity on earth. As the blurb puts it: “Praxis of Change is [...]

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LAST CHANCE Manal AlDowayan: The Eternal Return of the Same

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Dubai

Manal AlDowayan’s latest solo exhibition considers women’s new freedoms in daily life and society in Saudi Arabia. Grappling with these unreconciled and often oppressive histories now being rapidly erased from collective memory, AlDowayan creates events that capture their brief passage [...]

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JonOne: The Way of Colors

Jossa by Alserkal Warehouse 45, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The top urban artist (known to his mum as John Andrew Perello) gets an popup show in Alserkal Avenue. Born in Harlem but now based to Paris, JonOne has moved on from graffiti to painting on canvas; his work is [...]

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LAST CHANCE Shuruq Harb: The Jump

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

The Jump is a single-channel video that reflects on the act of leaping, both literally and figuratively, through a conversation with a blind Palestinian woman who retells her experience paragliding from the Caucasus Mountains. The result provides a critical reading [...]

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Sisters Grimm: 50 For 50

An immersive, multisensory Golden Jubilee exhibition featuring 50 landscape paintings of the UAE with accompanying music. Ella Spira, a Grammy nominated composer as well as a painter, has created the paintings and a unique bespoke score for each of them, [...]

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Run With The Wolves

Lawrie Shabibi Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

An exhibition featuring five contemporary women artists – Saelia Aparicio (Spain), Natalia Gonzalez Martin (Spain), Shailee Mehta (India), Wawi Navarroza (Philippines) and Sola Olulode (UK) – whose works explore mythology, identity, gender and sexuality. The exhibition takes its title from [...]

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Misk Art Week

Misk Art Institiute Riyadh

Misk Art Institute’s annual flagship event again showcases groundbreaking multidisciplinary art and critical discourse, this year exploring the theme of Takween: Form. Programme highlights of the fifth edition of Misk Art Week include the Misk Art Grant exhibition, Masaha Residency [...]

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Timur D’Vatz: Myths and Journeys

Andakulova Gallery Unit 18, P4 Level Damac Park Towers, DIFC , Dubai

Paintings by Timur D'Vatz, one of Andalukova's stars. The Russian artist describes his work as figurative and emblematic; he fuses ancient legends and symbols with modernist forms and vibrant colours, and the elongated bodies characteristic of his work aim to show [...]

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LAST CHANCE Mohammed Mandi: Luminous Letters

Sharjah Calligraphy Museum Hamad Al Midfaa building, Sharjah Heritage Area , Sharjah

There's a lot of more contemporary calligraphy around; this shows how much richness can be found in work from a more traditional but still highly distinctive stylist. Mandi, who lives and works in Abu Dhabi, was the UAE's first professional [...]

AED 10

LAST CHANCE Martina Zanin: Older Than Love

Fann a Porter The Workshop, Villa 45, St. 23b, off Al Wasl Road (opposite Box Park), Jumeirah 2, Dubai

A multimedia art installation by the noted Italian photographer Martina Zanin; the work is based on memory, emotions, and Zanin’s personal archives to provide a metaphorical and poetic comparison between man and falcon. Alongside this exhibition are works by Emirati [...]

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Where is the Gaze?

Online

Nadine Khalil moderates this zoomed panel discussion with Augustine Paredes, Amina Yahya, Umber Majeed and Evar Husseyni. Riffing off the ongoing Warehouse421 exhibition As We Gaze Upon Her, it will look at notions of the female and male gaze in relation [...]

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LAST CHANCE Najat Makki & Bénédicte Gimonnet: Confluences

Alliance Française Dubai Dubai

A symbolic exhibition for the Jubilee celebration – the artists worked together for several months to conceive and produce original artworks conceived that celebrate a fusion between East and West, linking both artists’ countries, UAE and France. Both artists regard [...]

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Matt Kayem: Blue Jeans

Akka Project 6th Street, Warehouse 4, Al Quoz 3, Dubai

Matt Kayem's first UAE exhibition features his characteristic textural reworking of denim, fabric and acrylic. Says the artist: “In my work, I usually revisit pre-colonial Africa or Buganda, where I come from, and pick out things in daily use and [...]

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Past, Borrowed

Gulf Photo Plus Unit D36 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A Warehouse421 exhibition of archival images, photographs, text, and audio works, curated around the theme of Year of the 50th and UAE National Day; the exhibition features Ammar Al Attar, Bhoomika Ghaghada and Saleh Al Tamimi. There's also an Open [...]

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FOCAL POINT 2021

Sharjah Art Foundation, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi Arts Square, Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation's annual book fair is dedicated to presenting printed matter and products by publishers and artists. Host to interdisciplinary art publications and independent and alternative practices as well as academic works on art history, theory and criticism from [...]

Free, but pre-booking is required

LAST CHANCE JonOne: The Way of Colors

Jossa by Alserkal Warehouse 45, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The top urban artist (known to his mum as John Andrew Perello) gets an popup show in Alserkal Avenue. Born in Harlem but now based to Paris, JonOne has moved on from graffiti to painting on canvas; his work is [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Growing Like A Tree: Static In The Air

Ishara Art Foundation Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The second part of two for Sohrab Hura’s debut curation. Static In The Air emphasises a traversing of the world through listening. It gestures towards echo-locations in the field of image-making practices across geographic borders, drawing new nodes, maps and interconnections. [...]

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Swatch Art Peace Hotel

Warehouse 82 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A celebration of 10 years of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, which first opened its doors in November 2011 in Shanghai as an artists' residency – artists are invited to stay in one of its 18 workshops and apartments for [...]

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Filipino Poets and Pacita Abad: Glorious and Gilded in Gold

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Three Filipino poets have been commissioned to respond to Pacita Abad’s themes and artworks through poetry: Dale Ang, Jared Maxilom and Rosan Katlea Juan perform their poems while leading a walk-through of Abad’s exhibition I Thought the Streets Were Paved [...]

LAST CHANCE Drop by Drop Life Falls from the Sky: Water, Islam and Art

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization Sharjah

Held as a first collaboration with Fondazione Torino Musei in Italy, this exhibition explores the unique connection between water, life and Islam from its most ancient roots to its numerous and intricate developments.  The exhibition’s four sections – The Blessings [...]

Museum entry AED 10

Tom Butler: IconiCity

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The British artist brings his show-stopping collages to Dubai with an exhibition of original works and print editions dedicated to the city’s iconic skyline. The gallery says his paintings of Dubai “seek to depict the city in way not seen [...]

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Love Labor Leisure

Warehouse 51 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Two evenings of 'conversations' that delve into the ethos of migrant communities in the UAE by reflecting on capital, cultural and political life. Alternative narratives on migratory contexts will be presented through the intersecting lenses of artistic practice and academic [...]

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Behnoosh Feiz: What Do You See in This Mirror?

Tashkeel House 10, Al Fahidi Dubai

A solo exhibition marking the culmination of Behnoosh’s participation in Tashkeel’s first Solo Residency. This exhibition is an outcome of a journey with different shifts of perspective and continuous practice, leading the artist to re-frame and re-orient her practice; "repetition [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Sisters Grimm: 50 For 50

An immersive, multisensory Golden Jubilee exhibition featuring 50 landscape paintings of the UAE with accompanying music. Ella Spira, a Grammy nominated composer as well as a painter, has created the paintings and a unique bespoke score for each of them, [...]

Free

Islamic Arts Festival

[various Sharjah locations]

Sharjah’s annual Islamic Arts Festival is back for its 24th edition, proclaiming the authenticity of Islamic art and its continuing relevance. The theme this year is Gradate, and Mohamed Al Qaseer, Director of Cultural Affairs at Sharjah Department of Culture [...]

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LAST CHANCE Mukesh Shah: C?N U FEEL IT

XVA Gallery Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Bur Dubai, Dubai

Shah’s third solo show at XVA attempts “the zeitgeist of an era” via text as art, screenprinted on powder coated aluminium panels. They form a series of slogans that run to no more than 14 characters over four lines with no [...]

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LAST CHANCE Hair Mapping Body; Body Mapping Land

ICD Brookfield Place Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai

An exhibition featuring three of the UAE cultural landscape’s most prominent voices. Works by Emirati artists Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and Afra Al Daheri works are exhibited together for the first time under the curatorial vision of independent curator Munira Al [...]

Hair Mapping Body; Body Mapping Land

ICD Brookfield Place Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai

Curator Munira Al Sayegh in conversation with artists Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and Afra Al Dhaheri as they delve deep into their individual practices, the works presented in the ongoing show Hair Mapping Body; Body Mapping Land, and what it means [...]

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LAST CHANCE Tom Butler: IconiCity

Mestaria Gallery Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The British artist brings his show-stopping collages to Dubai with an exhibition of original works and print editions dedicated to the city’s iconic skyline. The gallery says his paintings of Dubai “seek to depict the city in way not seen [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Sunoj D and Namrata Neog: Desert is a Forest

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Alongside the Jameel’s seven gardens designed by Anouk Vogel is a plot reserved for artists to cultivate and experiment. Occupancy is awarded via an annual commission, and this is the third. Sunoj D and Namrata Neog’s Artist’s Garden is an [...]

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LAST CHANCE Bernhard Buhmann: The Signal and The Noise

Carbon 12 Dubai

Nate Silver’s book of the same name  explains the use of probability and prediction to show how we can all develop detect the true signals amid a noise of data to achieve better foresight in an uncertain world. Buhmann’s exhibition [...]

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LAST CHANCE Behnoosh Feiz: What Do You See in This Mirror?

Tashkeel House 10, Al Fahidi Dubai

A solo exhibition marking the culmination of Behnoosh’s participation in Tashkeel’s first Solo Residency. This exhibition is an outcome of a journey with different shifts of perspective and continuous practice, leading the artist to re-frame and re-orient her practice; "repetition [...]

Free

LAST CHANCE Samia Halaby: Flurrying

Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue Dubai

Samia Halaby’s most recent works reflect everything but stillness; each canvas has energy and movement, brimming with complexity and infinite layers of moving parts. Continuing her previous explorations towards abstraction, Halaby is progressively removing shape and boundaries to focus solely [...]

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LAST CHANCE Phantasmagoria’s Illumination in Disenchantment

1x1 Art Gallery Unit 10, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A group show with Anita Dube, Chitravanu Mazumdar, Mithu Sen, Sheba Chachi and Susanta Mandal, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala whose curatorial note says the title alludes to the 18th century magic lantern that projects larger than life images as menacing spectres. "In [...]

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LAST CHANCE Ana Mazzei: Sleepwalk

Green Art Gallery Dubai

Ana Mazzei’s second solo exhibition at Green Art Gallery takes the fragmented, half-seen consciousness of waking sleep – of being in the world, but not quite there – and materialises this state into a mise-en-scène in which sculpture acts as [...]

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LAST CHANCE Lantian Xie: Volcano

Grey Noise Unit 24 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

We know very little of this show, but Lie is always interesting so it's going to be worth the trip. From the bumf: "Xie appears as part of an ongoing ensemble deliberation on discursive justice alongside Kabelo Malatsie and Michelle [...]

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LAST CHANCE Tayseer Barakat: Spiritual Path

Zawyeh Gallery Warehouse 27, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Barakat's style, sometimes reminiscent of prehistoric cave art, uses acrylic on canvas to create artworks infused with the essence of life. In this exhibition he touches upon metaphorical rituals, intimate moments, memories, and magical landscapes. These works show his view of [...]

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Staying With the Trouble

Carbon 12 Dubai

The works created for this exhibition by three Austrian-born or Austrian-based artists, Monika Grabuschnigg, James Lewis and Laurence Sturla, share the use of traditional-seeming materials like clay and concrete, but their unusual, almost uncanny styles speak of  a common interest [...]

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Hassan Sharif: 184 Nails

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde Dubai

Vikram Divecha curates a non-static, constantly changing exhibition of Hassan Sharif’s semi-systems. Building on the insight that Sharif’s vast body of semi-system works constituted one continuous effort, Divecha draws from the archive to propose a shifting show highlighting Sharif’s innovative [...]

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Muatasim Alkubaisy: (t)irony

Ayyam Gallery Alserkal Avenue Dubai

The largest body of work yet shown by the Iraq-born Sharjah-based sculptor, a selection of bronze figures portraying those that have been ruined by power – the artist magnifies and exaggerates traits creating caricatures with puffed bellies and swollen jugular [...]

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Exhibition Critique: As We Gaze Upon Her

Online

As the culmination for the Curatorial Development Exhibition Programme at Warehouse421, this online discussion and critique of the exhibition As We Gaze Upon Her will be moderated by Nadine Khalil.

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LAST CHANCE Here, Now

Misk Art Institute Prince Faisal bin Fahd Arts Hall, Riyadh

Misk Art Institute’s third annual exhibition brings together international artists with local talent, with a variety of media on show including paintings, textiles, sculptures, immersive installations, and digital works. Curated by Sacha Craddock with the Institute’s assistant curators Alia Ahmad [...]

LAST CHANCE Past, Borrowed

Gulf Photo Plus Unit D36 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A Warehouse421 exhibition of archival images, photographs, text, and audio works, curated around the theme of Year of the 50th and UAE National Day; the exhibition features Ammar Al Attar, Bhoomika Ghaghada and Saleh Al Tamimi. Self-taught photographer and mixed [...]

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50/50

Al Safa Art & Design Library Al Safa Park, Jumeriah 3, Dubai

An exhibition of 50 NFT-only artworks by UAE-based artists celebrating the UAE’s 50th anniversary. Organised by Dubai Culture with Anna Seaman’s MORROW collective in response to an open call, this is the first exhibition of its kind explicitly to feature [...]

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Osama Said: Through the Color Terrain

Zawyeh Gallery Warehouse 27, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The first Zawyeh exhibition of the year is a solo show for the Palestinian artist. The gallery says Said was influenced by German expressionism – he lived in Germany for 16 years – and has a “unique style that lies [...]

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Filipino Poets and Pacita Abad: Glorious and Gilded in Gold

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

In this iteration of Sa Tahanan Co.’s journeying programme ‘Filipino Poets and Their Poems,’ the prompt is the work of Pacita Abad, whose vibrant art traverses through places and everydayness regardless of continent. Three Filipino poets have been commissioned to [...]

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Zemanna

Manarat al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi

An exhibition that offers an imaginative reconstruction of the past, exploring life in the UAE during the 1990s through "a unique multi-room experience" with artworks and installations by 10 Emirati and UAE-based artists plus nostalgic culinary offerings, merchandise, programmes, and [...]

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MaDzimbahwe

Akka Project 6th Street, Warehouse 4, Al Quoz 3, Dubai

A group exhibition curated by Raphael Chikukwa, director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and featuring Hloniphani Noah ‘Dialo’ Dube, Doris Kamupira, Josiah Manzi, Isaac Choloka, Tusichile Kasito, Tamary Kudita, Prudence Chimutuwah, Danisile Ncube, Nothando Chiwanga, and Admire Kamudzengerere. Each [...]

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