Alserkal Avenue Marks Opening of New Art Season

Alserkal Avenue Marks Opening of New Art Season


Image: Alserkal Avenue. 


Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Alserkal Avenue has announced a rich programme of exhibitions and events to open the art season this September.  The contemporary art galleries in the Avenue will show work from a strong selection of artists from across the MENASA region.

Alserkal Lates

The public are invited to view these new exhibitions at Alserkal Lates on 27 September, when the contemporary art galleries in the Avenue will extend their hours, staying open until 9pm. Guided tours of the exhibitions will depart from outside Nadi Al Quoz at 7pm and 8pm.


Project Space Art Jameel will hold an artist talk with Maha Maamoun in conversation with Shumon Basar, taking place in Nadi Al Quoz on 27 September at 6.30pm. Tharawat Family Business Forum will hold their next Tharawat Talk about the ‘Future of jobs – Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and the Workplace’ at 7.30pm on 27 September in Warehouse 19.


New opening: Sima Performing Arts

This September sees the official launch of Sima Performing Arts,

a studio and performance venue that will offer a year-round programme of dance classes and performances. Sima Performing Arts is home to Sima Dance Company, founded in Damascus, Syria in 2003 by Alaa Krimed. On 27 September, during Alserkal Lates, Sima Performing Arts will hold free, open sessions where the public can join contemporary dance classes or watch the Sima Dance Company rehearsals. Their grand opening performance will take place on 30 September at 7pm. The performance will be free and open to all, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Community programme

Alserkal Programming, the not-for-profit initiative from Alserkal Avenue, continues its community programming, with Literaturhaus at Nadi continuing throughout September with a strong line-up of authors, and poets including Mai Khaled reading from her novel The Magic of Turquoise on 9 September, a poetry reading by Zeina Hashem Beck on 13 September and Philip Kennedy discussing the first Arabic novella on 16 September. Later in the month, Aidan Walker discuss his book, The Ecology of the Soul, on 25 September, long-term UAE residents Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard will hold a talk on 28 September, and finally Tom Fletcher will discuss Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age on 30 September to bring the summer programme to a close. The Bookshop by Motivate Publishing in Nadi Al Quoz stocks a variety of books to support the programme, including those from participating authors.


Saturday Tours will take place twice this month, on 16 and 30 September. The public are invited to join a one-hour guided tour that will take them into some of the creative businesses and contemporary art spaces in the Avenue, giving them a chance to meet the people behind these concepts and view their current exhibitions. 


Road Trips also returns in September, with a visit to Abu Dhabi to watch PIXEL at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi on 8 September. PIXEL is a mix of virtuoso hip-hop dance with cutting-edge digital projection by CCN Créteil & Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig, where bodies and images merge in a 3D landscape at the border of virtual and real, to create a world of poetry and dreams at the crossroads of the arts.


26 September will see the next 101 Talk: Art in BITs, in which the founders of ArteVue – a Dubai-based art-focused app – talk about the impact of technology and digital advancements on the art world. The talk will take place at 6.30pm inside Nadi Al Quoz.


Elsewhere on the Avenue, #NOWPLAYING continues its programme of independent cinema in Warehouse 68 throughout September. Upcoming highlights from the pop-up cinema by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue include Manifesto showing from 8 - 14 September (except 13 September), My Neighbor Totoro [86'] Anime as the Wednesday special on 13 September and A Dragon Arrives!, showing from 15 – 21 September (except 20 September).


September exhibition highlights:

1x1 Gallery

14 September to 31 October 2017

M Pravat | Liquid States


Ayyam Gallery 

13 September – 26 October

Mohannad Orabi | Ripples | Warehouse 11

Roshanak Aminelahi | G O R D A F A R I D | Warehouse 12


Carbon 12 

From 13 September 

Amir Khojasteh and Philip Mueller | Good Face and Incurable Flaws


Custot Gallery Dubai

27 September – 28 October

Group exhibition | CREATED REALITIES



Opening 13 September

Thameur Mejri | Heretic Spaces


Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde 

13 September to 3 November

Ramin Haerizadeh | To Be or Not To Be, That Is the Question. And Though, It Troubles Digestion*


Green Art Gallery 

13 September to 28 October

Group exhibition | Theatre of the Absurd



23 September to 4 November

Daniel Gustav Cramer & Joana Escoval | Sand


Gulf Photo Plus 

Opens 13 September

Group exhibition | Behind the Portrait


Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

13 September – 26 October 2017

Pierre Dunoyer | vers le tableau


Lawrie Shabibi

23 September – 2 November

Massoud Arabshahi | Early Works from the Azari Collection


Leila Heller

21 September – 4 November

Jacob Hashimoto | Eclipse

Enoc Perez | The Desert Bloom


Project Space Art Jameel

13 September - 12 October

Maha Maamoun | Select works in video and photography

Collaboration: Art Jameel and The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Third Line 

13 September to 21 October

Pouran Jinchi | THE LINE OF MARCH 




Press Contacts: 


Local media enquiries

Charlotte York, Alserkal Avenue

Tel: +971 56 418 7999


International media enquiries

Julia Lukacher, SUTTON

Tel: +1 212 202 3402

About Alserkal Avenue 

Located in Al Quoz, Dubai and established in 2007, Alserkal Avenue is the region’s foremost contemporary arts and culture district. Alserkal Avenue hosts sixteen galleries and over forty creative businesses, cultivating a vibrant community of visual and performing arts organisations, designers, and artisanal spaces that has become an essential platform for the development of the creative industries in the United Arab Emirates.

In March 2017, Alserkal Avenue opened Concrete, a new space in the Avenue and the first building to be completed in the UAE by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Pritzker Architecture Prize-Laureate, Rem Koolhaas. Concrete provides a flexible, multipurpose venue for international arts and culture initiatives ranging from performances, to exhibitions, lectures and various other public events.

In Fall 2017, Alserkal Avenue will launch the first Artists’ Residency on the Avenue, further enhancing the organisation’s commitment to cultivating artistic talent. Located in Alserkal Avenue, Alserkal Residency will run three cycles over the course of the year and is open to emerging and mid-career artists with an emphasis on socially engaged and research based practices, in addition to curators, writers and researchers working in related disciplines.

At the intersection of art, culture and commerce, Alserkal Avenue is more than just a neighbourhood, it is the driving force that brings the community of Dubai together to support and encourage a creative economy.

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