Art season is here and we’re ready to seriously appreciate art from the Middle East and beyond. Here’s where you can refresh your creative juices over the next month.
Jewel in the crown, Art Dubai, will be held at Madinat Jumeirah from 21st-24th March. It’s the fair’s large edition to date, with 104 galleries from 47 countries. If you’re in the market for some art, Art Dubai Modern has museum-quality work on sale by artists from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Otherwise, there are hours of potential for exploring and taking installations and art works from 16 galleries from 14 countries.
While you’re there, don’t miss The Room 2018, Art Dubai’s yearly interactive installation. This year it’s the turn of Khaleeji artist collective GCC, who have created a live TV show, using the tropes of daytime talk show from the Arab world. Visitors have a chance to interact with daily performances and by night, it will host after-parties and international DJs.
21st-23rd March. Day tickets from AED 60, three-day pass from AED 100. Fort Island, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. For timings see www.artdubai.ae
Arts Night at DIFC is back on Monday, 19th March. Always a crowd puller, the free exhibition and installations see Dubai’s financial centre flooded with art lovers. Art galleries in the district launch new collections and the surrounding restaurants get involved with great deals on dining. This year, there’ll be a special exhibition in The Empty Quarter’ Gallery by photographer Bruno Barbey to celebrate the late Sheikh Zayed.
7pm-10pm, 19th March. Gate Village at DIFC. Free to attend.Open-air street art exhibition Dubai Canvas is at La Mer until Wednesday, 7th March.
Sikka Art Fair transforms Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood into a hubbub of live events, off-beat art works and the chance to tune in to 40 up-and-coming local and UAE-based artists, while enjoying street food snacks and sick beats.
17th-26th March at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Free to attend.
No dose of culture is complete without a trip to Alserkal Avenue, where Art Week arrives from 19th March. All 12 of the resident galleries will have new exhibitions on show and seven pop-up projects will further up the arty vibes. We’re intrigued by Star Liner, by British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové, which draws on space and time-travel to space and time-travel to re-cast African sculpture from found materials.
6pm-10pm from 19th March. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. alserkalavenue.aeCan’t wait? See some amazing graffiti on the streets of Satwa right now.
Meet the artists at Tashkeel Open Day and see how the artists of Art Dubai find their muses and actually produce their work, without spending hours faffing about on social media like us mere mortals.
Free. 10.30am-1pm, Sunday, 12th March. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba. tashkeel.org
Innovation centre In5 (pictured) is also welcoming visitors to its d3 studio, which is open to creative minds from the fields of visual art, fashion, architecture and product design.
12pm-4.30pm, Saturday, 10th March. Dubai Design District.