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5 ways to get your art groove on

Skip the usual mall-hopping this month and check out the UAE’s amazing art scene

By Catherine Harper
1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
  • StreetCon street art festival.


Spray it on

What StreetCon street art festival

Where Al Ghurair Centre, between entrances three and four

When April 25 to May 2, 1pm-10pm

The low-down Make like Banksy and get your spray paint out. Celebrating all things street art and graffiti, the urban art festival will see local and international graffiti artists decorating the streets around Al Ghurair Centre as you watch, alongside interactive art installations from numerous artists. There’ll also be music, dance and street theatre and you’ll get the chance to join in and add your own tag to a wall mural.

Call 800 24227,

A legendary snapper

What: ‘7Princesses’ photography exhibition

Where: Fairmont The Palm

When: April 1-16

The low-down: A collaboration between The Empty Quarter – the fine-art photography gallery in DIFC – and Steve McCurry, the renowned photographer behind that image of the Afghan Girl with piercing green eyes on the cover of National Geographic, will feature a collection of his works depicting inspirational Emirati women, all taken within the seven UAE emirates; thought-provoking and with his unmistakably human perspective.

A world of art

What: World Art Fair

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre

When: April 8-9, 4pm-9pm and April 10-11, 12pm-10pm

The low-down: This new art fair is aimed at making art accessible to all. Offering an affordable collection of works by a host of international artists, it will also offer exclusive showings from trend-setting, award-winning galleries around the 
globe, as well as workshops, talks and seminars and dedicated education platforms for children.

Catch a masterpiece

What: Kevin McHugh sculpture exhibition

Where: Provocateur, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

When: April 1-19, 10pm-3am

The low-down: It’s not your usual kind of exhibition – not many we know are held in nightclubs! Exclusive New York club Provocateur plays host to renowned artist and conservationist Kevin McHugh and his pioneering sculptures. Cleverly blending his love for the ocean with his conservation work and passion for art, each one-of-a-kind piece incorporates fibreglass and Swarovski crystals and takes up to two months to complete; a true labour of love. 04 392 5660,

Light fantastic

What: Katya Traboulsi lightbox exhibition

Where: Clé Dubai, DIFC

When: March 12-May 12

The low-down: The bold works of Lebanese artist Katya Traboulsi are on show at Clé Dubai, the DIFC bar and restaurant making its first foray into the art world. Titled Anatomical Beauty, the exhibition showcases Katya’s signature light boxes embodying her interpretation of the region she lives in, the environment around her and her views on beauty and perfection.

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper